Thursday, April 15, 2010

Paintings and T-shirts and Odd Topics

I painted with the Ladies yesterday. It was good to be back to my usual - whatever that is. This is what I painted - do you think I was in an odd mood?
One of the topics on the "agenda" while we painted was the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It sounds like an interesting book on what makes a person the person he is - outlying factors. Why do people with similar backgrounds end up with such different lives? Why do some people "make it" and others do not? Being a people person, I am always fascinated by people and their backgrounds. To me what is really fascinating is knowing that no matter what our background or how we grew up, we can be who we want to be - "No excuses!" Sure, things such as family, social economics, friends, etc. all play a role in shaping our lives. Although my brothers and sister grew up in basically the same household, we are all very different. Personally, I think that it is the power of God working in your life that causes real change. Hmm, pretty deep topic, but you are welcome to sound off on it.
Also, Jesse was wearing her Air Force T-shirt when I got home - so I took a pic of her. That T-shirt is sure looking ratty, but it has been a favorite. I remember when we bought it shopping on Sheppard Air Force Base with my uncle - Wow, how time flies.

7 comments:

AirmanMom said...

Love. The. Tee! (imagine that!)
Thanks for once again sharing your gift with us!
~AM

Buck said...

Your flowers are beautiful... but I'm at a loss as to why you think you were in an odd mood? The colors?

So I read the whole Wiki article on "Outliers." I might pick the book up... if it's in the library. (The hockey player connection is kinda obvious for me, no?) Based on what I read I think Gladwell probably has it right... or as close to "right" as it gets. I know for a fact that what limited success I had in life was mostly attributable to dumb luck and having good godfathers along the way... especially in my civilian career.

I'm thinking your discussion yesterday was probably pretty interesting.

Jesse's tee shirt is ratty? It looks positively NEW compared to some tees I routinely wear... like my nearly illegible tee from the 2000 Austin Marley Fest. That and the fact you can almost see thru it... ;-)

wv: likesse. As in "I REALLY likesse Jess' tee shirt!"

Bag Blog said...

Airman Mom,
I was thinking of you and Buck (whose son is also Air Force) when I posted her T-shirt.

Buck,
I think you would like the book - the ladies did not discuss the hockey player part, but when I saw that on Wiki, I thought you might like it.

As for the mood, sometimes I get really tight and detailed, but this painting session, I kept getting looser - Loose Lou was an old college nickname, but lets not go there.

Jesse's T-shirt is about seven years old, but she has been careful with it.

Anonymous said...

.... I know what you mean about the tees..... I can never work up the courage to throw away the old ones..... the one I'm wearing right now says, "To err is human, to forgive divine.... neither of which is Marine Corps policy."....

Eric

Buckskins Rule said...

That tee shirt needs to be disposed of, and replaced with one that says NAVY. :)

Kris, in New England said...

Lou - the paintings are gorgeous. Seriously beautiful and somewhat ethereal.

If that's what Loose Lou does to paintings, bring it on more sister!

:-)

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