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Many people influenced my life, but especially my grandfather. He was not only a school teacher, he was my school teacher. Through his eyes, and through his remarkable gift for teaching the subjects he loved, I developed a keen appreciation for nature.

It was not unusual for grandpa to gather his students around him to show us firsthand what it felt like to touch the hairy legs of his pet tarantula, or to observe a leggy garden spider inch its way over his hand and up his arm as the sunlight sparkled on its shiny patterned back. His lack of fear made us eager and unafraid to explore the world around us.

All grandpa’s stories were “hands-on” and part of a grander scheme, as he explained how important each harmless creature was in the cycle of life and to the success of his own garden. A garden which his granddaughters loved well and explored often.

After watching a bright green snake twist in his hands, grandpa turned us loose in the garden to pick fresh peas. Afterward, he showed us how to run our thumbs up the shell’s ropey spine to unzip the juicy morsels inside. We savored the flavor and the crunch that couldn’t compare with the cooked, mushy peas we left uneaten on our dinner plates.

Grandpa fed us an endless supply of memories and enough visual pictures to keep me painting and drawing for a lifetime. Formal art classes and my own experimentation provided the backdrop, along with a free-lance writing career that merged in this web site.

During my writing career, I created children’s stories, scripts, educational and training materials for schools, physician organizations and corporations. I also designed, wrote and published newsletters, brochures, stationery and varied marketing materials, using elements of graphic design.

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Blogging my vacation

First we traveled to Minnesota and then Seattle, Washington before returning home. We saw my husband’s first great grandson, a new family dog, and many children and grandchildren. / Oodles of stories and photos are at http://AnfinsenArt.blogspot.com and at “Carol Anfinsen — The Art of Living” Art and musings from my dancing heart @ http://anfinsen65.wordpress.com
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Abused Dogs Deserve Better

We have more than our share of animal abuse in Florida, but one recent offense was extremely gut wrenching. An irritated owner flicked his cigarette at his dog and the poor victim burst into flames. A neighbor called animal control after sighting the dog rolling around on the ground to put out the fire. / The news story showed patches of fiery red flesh that framed the dog’s mournful eyes. Red sp…
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Pulled in Different Directions

I started out as a writer, and now I seem to be pulled in that direction. I haven’t really painted in several days. Being a writer and an artist is difficult. Both are creative activities that demand focus and energy. It’s so difficult to choose just one path. / I tried doing both in my first children’s book, but I never got the marketing campaign off the ground. Wouldn’t …
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Art Show

This weekend in Fort Myers, my paintings will be on display at the Arts for Act Gallery on First Street in the Arcade (between Hendry and Jackson). Friday evening, Dec. 6, from 7-10 p.m. I will be there in person at a wine and cheese. / If you’re in town, come and see me and my show titled: “The Human Spirit — a Celebration of people and places.”
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