Category Archives: Smiles

Things That Make Me Smile No.116: Steampunk in Action

While the logical follow up to my essay last week would be a work of steampunk art I had created, I have only the one mechanical dog that I’ve shown you before (the artwork for my article is a celebration … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.115: Fantasy

I’ve been a storyteller since before I could read or write. Among my first reads were many folktales from many cultures. Not the cleaned up Disney versions, but the original teaching tales with simple lessons like don’t go out into … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.114: Automata

One of the incredible automata built by Pierre Jaquet Droz in the late 1700s, this is “The Writer,” a scribe created by a Swiss clockmaker and capable of writing any message limited only by the number of characters. It still … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.113: Pentatonic Scale

Bobby McFerrin bringing on the music in everyone. It’s a beautiful demonstration of a common thread. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to weigh in on my publishing plans. Who knows…you might choose the next book to see the … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.112: Innovative Art

I know I owe you a year-end post, and I’m working on it, but in the meantime, why not let you enjoy an amazing painter who provides two separate paintings in one through a lit and unlit view.

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