Self portrait sketch
Black marker on Fringe drawing paper
9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
in the world, and daily worrying news this month has
required a team of cheerleaders, both outside in the
world and inside in my heart. I do think I'm lucky
because I have those cheerleaders in my friends. And
I thank you. Everyone I know is going through hard
times in some ways, but working so hard at being optimistic.
And then I listened to a show on CBC tonight about
a girl trying to escape from war torn Syria to Sweden
with her fiancé, but he drowned when the
smugglers running the boats, got angry with the
refugees and rammed their boat drowning 500 people.
This young woman was handed two stranger's babies,
and somehow survived and was rescued holding
the babies, wearing only a child's flotation device
She is now studying in Sweden where she wanted
to be with her fiancé, and she is being treated well.
But she hates the label "refugee." She says no one would
voluntarily leave a peaceful homeland. No one would take
such desperate chances unless they absolutely had no other
Have an enjoying-your-own-life day.