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A few years ago I sent “Summer Reading” unsolicited to the New York Times Book Review for the annual list of good reads for the summer. I got an encouraging and kind response and it never ran. I still like it. Here it is again just in time for summer. Happy reading.

Summer Reading by Ken Orvidas

Mindfulness Hijacked

After hearing that today is National Cupcake Day, I was reminded of an illustration I did for the Yoga Journal. The story was about a yoga class that happened to be located over a cupcake bakery. Needless to say, mindfulness practice was damn near impossible. So, here’s to National Cupcake Day!

News Flash: During a routine physical exam, x-rays reveal a startling finding about Donald Trump.

Trump’s x-ray revealed by Ken Orvidas

President Trump has just voted against 60% of Americans by announcing he will pull the US out of the Paris Agreement. We should invest in our planet not turn it upside down.

Trump pulling out of Paris Agreement by Ken Orvidas

Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack in American folklore finds himself in my growing series of images for “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”. The subject of North American tall tales, Bunyan, accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox apparently made his debut in a 1916 promo piece for the Red River Lumber Company and became a legend of oral story telling. He’s been covered by Disney, the theatre and numerous statues.

Paul Bunyan by Ken Orvidas

Here’s another one to add to my series, “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”.

Since Johnny Appleseed (aka John Chapman) was a real person, he will fit under Fantastical Tales. He was born in 1774 and became a legend while still alive. It is said he introduced apples to Pennsylvania, Ontario (Canada), Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia. He was a missionary, gardener and orchardist. One can visit the historical site of the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Ohio. Not sure but perhaps he coined the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Johnny Appleseed by Ken Orvidas

Tis’ the political season and I thought I would bring Bill back for a bit. If Hillary wins he certainly will play a role in her presidency. I made this one by fooling around with some brushes I don’t use very often.

Bill Clinton by Ken Orvidas

Seeing Through Depression by Ken Orvidas

This just in, National Geographic reports on the discovery of a new species of Clownfish (also known as the Anemone Fish). Still found around tropical corral riffs, this new species seems to be especially happy and prone to playing tricks on other previously documented species.

Clownfish by Ken Orvidas

One more entry in my series “Myths, Fables and Fantastical Tales”.

Kelpie, a shape-shifting water spirit of Scottish folklore, typically takes the form of a horse, is reputed to delight in the drowning of travelers. It is also believed to have the ability to adopt the human form. Wear your life preservers everybody!

Kelpie by Ken Orvidas

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