Butch the Rooster


    Several years ago my church was putting up a festival and was looking for people to man a booth. I had never done it before but I kinda-sorta knew I could do caricatures so I volunteered to do a drawing booth. It was so popular the lines were so long. A thousand faces later and I'm still doing this. Last Saturday I drew caricatures for an Art Walk in La Habra, CA. I got one of the best compliments from a guy who, after seeing the finished drawing, just kept on staring at it in awe. No kidding! He said "this is beyond amazing." He was at a loss for words – "How could you ...? How did you ...?" Later, he said he framed it and put it on top of his bed.

    A young reluctant teenager was practically "forced" to have her face done. Then when she saw her drawing, her eyes lit up. "Wow!" she said and she started pulling all her friends to have their caricatures done as well. Some of her friends were real hams and they made the weirdest expressions I ever saw. And they held that pose for a minute --- enough time for me to capture the moment. Everyone had a big laugh. And then their grandmother on a wheelchair came over. A few quick lines and her portait was done. Her eyes lit up. "You're good! You're really good!" she exclaimed.

   I admit I'm bragging but I'm also explaining how much joy I get when I share a gift that I believe God gave me. And I'm not just saying this --- because sometimes I look at my drawings and I wonder how my hands did that.

    One of my dreams is to travel across the country on a drawing marathon. Each day I'd be in a different city. If I drew 30+ people a day, that would be 1,000 people a month. Think of all the smiles, all the memories I would leave behind? And I wouldn't stop there. I'd do it all over the world. Imagine if I did it in some war-torn area? I wonder if I could stop a war. If I did it among the terrorists, would they look at me as a fellow human being? Or will they cut my head and ask questions later? I'm betting they would welcome some humor in their lives. Hey, if you can arrange this marathon event for me, I'm willing to do this.

   What gifts do you have? Do you kinda-sorta know what it is? Are you sharing it? Take it from me, it will open your world. Just do it.

Wisdom from Don of Kelowna, B.C.
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Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
--- Will Rogers

Thanks to this week's winners:
Mike of New York; Charlie of New Jersey; Don of Kelowna; Dean of Vancouver: Freddie and Libbe of S CA; Norm of Arcadia; Rey of Simi Valley; Wally of Moreno Valley.

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Butch the Rooster
Contributed by Dean of Vancouver, B.C.
WARNING: Not for sensitive ears

Videos of the week:

Zebra Singing for Food
Contributed by Freddie of Southern California

Zebra Singing for Food

What if a zebra could sing for food? Would he sound like this?

Father vs Daughter "Beat Boxing"
Contributed by Libbe of Southern CA

Beat Boxing

Oh the amazing things you can do with just your mouth.

Cello Wars
Contributed by Norm of Arcadia, CA

Cello Wars

I think this is an excerpt from a movie. Imagine if this actually happened in the Baroque era and two cellists really let go. Wouldn't that be so awesome?

US Navy Ceremonial Drill
Contributed by Rey of Simi Valley, CA

Ceremonial Honor Gurads

It takes a lot of guts and faith in your fellow soldiers to march in harm's way. I wonder how many accidents they've had. This is an amazing silent drill.

Vegetable Farm in Los Angeles

Contributed by Charlie of New Jersey
Gardening in LA city

My grandfather had a small farm of chickens, pigs and vegetables. I would stay with him during summer and help out. This video reminds me of those times. I pass this non-descrip area in East Los Angeles often. I would have never suspected there was a vegetable farm there. The farmers aren't rich but they're happy.

Life from a Child's Eyes
Contributed by Wally of Moreno Valley, CA

Save Syria

A dramatic time lapse video of situational stages of a young girl with a thought provoking message at the end. What a reality check.

Billie Jean Song from Bottle Blowing
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Billie Jean in Bottles

Michael Jackson would have had fun with these group's rendition of his hit song.

Have a fun weekend. Happy Labor Day America!




Thanks Heather.

I hope Bill Gates reads this and sends me on a Peace Mission.

Have a great Labor Day weekend.


Enjoyed your sharing of your drawing experiences. You are so down -to-earth, that it is almost like you are talking to me in person. I thank the Lord for your gift.

I also enjoyed Butch the rooster. The joke would fit the Voter education program that [my friend] and I are planning to help in the coming elections.


Your foreword in this week's TGIF shows how much joy you are giving .... sharing your Time and Talent.


How about drawing in Tanzania!
It would be fun to host you :)

Peter, a missionary in Tanzania

Hi Peter,

If you can arrange for the trip. I'm there!

I'm part of a group of businessmen (www.Trepmaker.com) and some of our members go to Nigeria to create entrepreneurs. The next time that happens maybe I can tag along and swing by Tanzania. But I looked at the African map and it's thousands of miles away. How difficult is it to travel there?

Maybe you can organize something in your area to encourage entrepreneurs. To date, our group has "preached" to tens of thousands of students in Nigeria alone. We believe that 1 out of 5 students will turn into entrepreneurs. Of that number, they will hire 5 employees. If you extrapolate that it will grow the economy. We're all Christians and we disguise the ten commandments in one of our teachings.

We also have connections with a coffee farm and we are shipping our first container.

If you are interested, I can get you in touch with Ray Carlson, our 80+ year old, dynamic leader.

Thank you for the great job!


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