Some Gave All (And Just a Little More)

I sit here writing this on Veteran’s Day (Remembrance Day) and it makes me think about a lot of things. Most of my readers/followers know I spent a good amount of my life in the Military (Navy 1981-85, Army 1985-1993 and 2005-2012) and around the same (Dad served from 1952-1974.) Between me, my dad, and my grandfather, we have covered every war and conflict since World War II. I cannot begin to tell you what this means to me.

Daddy in Vietnam

Daddy in Vietnam.


Me, with the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt.

I learned a new technique this week at our San Diego Tangle Club…Found and Tangled. You basically repurpose book pages into new poetry and tangle on them (look for a class on this after the first of the year!) This page from Dante’s Inferno called my name, and was a fitting tribute to my brothers and sisters in arms.

Found and Tangled 1

And if you are in the Temecula area, I have a monthly free Zentangle class for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members. 3rd Wednesday of the month (November 18th this month). You must pre-register, and seating is limited to 10 free students (and your guests will receive a $10 discount.) (951) 972-3015 or

So this week’s Diva Challenge (#243) was to give “Just a Taste”…tangle a little bit. This is REALLY hard to do! Some things you just keep wanting more and more of! So, in order to limit myself a bit, I used a black tile. Cyme (Zentangle) and Heartswell (Helen Williams).

Diva #243

Join us on MeetUp. I have a new Monthly rotation coming up, Mandala Monday. 3rd Monday of the month, we will explore different mandala techniques.

The December schedule will be finalized later this week. Late November and December focus will be on making gifts and ornaments (using Zentangle and a variety of other methods.) Here is a bit of a teaser:

Glass Ornament

Namas’-cray my friends…stay crazy!

6 thoughts on “Some Gave All (And Just a Little More)

  1. Happy Veterans Day, and many thanks to you and your entire family of veterans! I love how you used that Zenstone glow to give a little extra to your black tile. Very nice! Your Cyme ornament is beautiful. I have been thinking that pattern looks like poinsettias! Your Found and Tangled page is truly amazing and inspirational. You have made wonderful art and poetry all in one. Thank you for an excellent post!

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  2. Lovely and moving blog post! I’ve just recently discovered Found Poetry as well and love it: your piece is truly moving! I also really like the “just a taste” tile – the white is so stunning in the corner of the black. Nicely done!

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