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Courage – Remembrance Day

“The secret to happiness is freedom…and the secret to freedom is courage.”


Courage 17×12

I could not do what they do or sacrifice what they sacrifice.  I do not have the courage.  Thank you to all who fight or have fought for my freedom.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

-Mark Twain

I posted this piece last year and have been asked to re post it, so here it is.  The original will also be for sale in my on-line store in the next couple days.


Charcoal, Pastel



 17 x 12 Soft Pastel and Charcoal

Obtaining a Black Belt is often seen as the end of a journey, but really it is only the beginning.

“What we call the beginning is often the end.  And to make an end is to make a beginning.  The end is where we start from.”  T.S. Eliot


Aren’t beginnings great? This past year has been full of many beginnings for me.  It isn’t always easy to start something new.   Maybe it is because we get comfortable with the routine of our life, or we don’t think we can do it.  Pushing forward into something new, venturing out into a new job, or moving is never easy; but it is often filled with great rewards, sometimes more than we could ever imagine.  Personally, I am glad there are beginnings.