"American Veterans have served their county with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world." - John Doolittle
I made this card to honor all Veterans including my grandson Cameron, my brother Larry, my Dad and my uncle, as well as all American veterans. Words cannot express my pride and gratitute I have for them.
"Back Home Again in Indiana" sung by Jim Nabors is one of the traditions of the Indy 500.
My memory of the race track goes back to when I was 7 years old. My parents always listened to the 500 mile race therefore becoming a part of my very soul. Since I was a child of 7, I haven't missed a race either by listening on the radio or attending in person except for one year when we were on a cruise ship. This is the 100th year celebration of the Indy 500 making it a very special year. There are many, many traditions at the track including the Back Home in Indiana being sung. The Purdue marching band plays every year, hundreds of balloons are billowing in the sky, the jets fly overhead and electricity fills the air. But the tradition that warms my heart is the pause and silence of the crowd as the announcer asks for one minute of silence to honor our soldiers. I can feel the goosebumps as I type this.
This year I will again be beside my radio listening to the race; in the evening I will watch the ABC airing of the race (the live race is blacked out because Lafayette is within the 60 mile radius of the track) and on Monday night I will watch the Awards Banquet on TV as well.
I created the zentangle above to honor the Indianapolis 500. I am submitting it as my first entry to a weekly zentangle contest by an on-line blog. The blog link is:
Have a happy Memorial Day and don't forget what "Memorial Day" really means. Take time as you're cooking out or whatever you enjoy this weekend to honor our military men and women both past and present.
"You don't stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing." -Maurice chevalier
This is one of my favorite quotes and I wanted to post it because when I made this zentangle clown, I laughed at myself. I'm not fond of clowns because I feel like they invade my personal space. They're ok on TV or Movies or on stage, but if I go someplace where live clowns are interacting and mingling with the crowd, I shy away from them. So, when I started this zentangle it was going to be a woman's face but all of a sudden I realized that my pen was creating a clown face. It was like my hand had no control - the clown just happened on my paper. So, I went with the flow and laughed while I completed the drawing. Hope you enjoy my clown as well.
"Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement."
- Anthony J D'Angelo, Author
I'm becoming addicted to drawing zentangles. I am aware the I have an addictive personality. It's a good thing I never starting smoking or drinking (unless it's diet Coke to which I am definitely addicted). When looking for a quote about addition, it was very difficult finding a positive quote. The word "addiction" has mostly a negative connotation it seems.