I Got Kissed By a Homeless Guy

It was several years ago as my husband and I stood in front of our house saying good- bye to a friend who was getting in his car. I called a, ‘hello,’ across the street to a homeless man and gave him a short wave. Immediately the man veered our way! He made a diagonal detour, crossed the street, and pointed his path straight at me! When he got close he reached forward and took my hand! As he held it he asked, “Why did you say that?”
“Well,” I answered, “…because you’re a person and I’m a person.”
He smiled and replied, “You’re a child of God and I’m a child of God.” and he leaned forward and kissed my cheek. My husband jumped to attention and stepped forward
to provide protection if needed, but the man returned to the other side of the street and resumed his journey.
When my husband returned from the war’s jungles he stayed in a small windowless room for two years before he could gradually reenter the outside life. Luckily that room was within his parents home.
I too had an isolated two year period. Luckily my best friend took me in.
I doubt if this man remembers that afternoon kiss, but I do. I will never forget all he taught me.

Let Me Ask You Something; Do You Like Ice Cream?

What do you like the most: strawberry ice cream or filling out a tax form?
I had always thought my answer would be ice cream, but I slurp it down fast.  A person would think I’d been ordered to consume my ice cream at gun point!
I eat ice cream fast, but an unpleasant job I put off over and over. I spin that terrible job over and over through my head with dread! It’s as if I’m not allowed away from the table until I consume my double childhood nemesis; slimy cooked spinach swimming in cold vinegar or tough stringy fried parsnips!

There’s something wrong when I spent a great deal of extra time SAVORING the unpleasant!

I Am Rich. Thanks Dame Hadid!

I love Dame Zaha Hadid. Yes I don’t know every aspect of her life and personality but I admire her buildings, interiors, and shoes, sculpture, her jewelry. I’d love to build a statue of her, honoring her skills and vision.
No I don’t want a statue of Zaha Hadid to worship her! I love that we are all different!The statue would say her building skills and imagination are better than mine! I am rich because of Dame Zaha.

The Phisics of Failure- Learn From Both Sides of Life

Someone told me, “I learn less from my successes; more when I fail.” Failures are an opportunity to stand back, evaluate, and LEARN.
Another friend habitually asked me, “What went well today? What would you improve?”
Now: rather than blow on my fingernails, polish them on my shoulder, and declare, “I’m wonderful”, or throw both hands up, plop down, and pout and say “I failed”, I can learn from both sides of life. There is opposition in all things.

Am I Crazy Or Is This A Quilt?

My neighbor doesn’t get it! “Why do you cut up fabric in little pieces just so you have to sew them together again? Why don’t you just go buy a blanket?”

I answer, “It’s a quilt. My grandma made them too.”

“But why didn’t you both just go buy blankets?”

“I answer but don’t explain very well, “It’s a quilt! It took me almost a year to create the design, cut out all the pieces, and hand- sew them together, then I put a layer of fluff filling behind it, then I add a back piece of fabric, then finally I sew the three layers together. It’s a piece of art! It’s a quilt!!!

I look at her like she’s crazy. She looks at me like I’m crazy, shakes her head, and she walks away muttering, “Why didn’t she just go buy a blanket?” Faun was born in another country and her grandmother didn’t make quilts. When I see me from Faun’s eyes I look UNHINGED!   I laugh because I love to see life from different sides.

I Lost 50 Years In Appearance!

If my husband found a shirt he liked; he’d buy 12 exactly the same, and he used this same idea for the rest his wardrobe. I buy only one and if I like that piece of  clothing I patch hole after hole, and wear the patched piece of clothing until threads can no longer hold the patches together.

People often walk to lose weight, but today by the end of my walk I had lost YEARS off my life instead of pounds! A several blocks from home the ancient elastic in my waist band decided it could no longer hold up my skinny pants. I grabbed my waist band, but already the potion of my pants, where the legs came together, was hovering just above my knees! I must have appeared to anyone driving by on my busy street to have been 50 years younger than I really was and made my living as part of a hip hop band!

The picture below is from, ‘Magic Suit’. It’s an adventure book for boys and action seeking girls; a beginning reader. When Paul puts on his suit he flies, shoots out rockets, and even saves his mother’s life.

 

Running Through Clouds.

Pieces Of The Eclipse Roll Them Where You Want Them

At my home I saw mostly all but not quite a full eclipse.

As the eclipse was just about to wane I,

I walked, gleefully passing,

through trying to,

stomp on,

shadows.

 

Stretching across the sidewalk, the spots of light,

fell from between quivering leaves above.

Thrown by the crescent sun, casting,

crescent shaped shadows,

onto the,

ground.

 

As I played in the tree shadows,full of holes I saw,

I also was punctured full of holes,

caused by damage,

and deeds,

not yet,

done.

 

Lights from my family, friends and,

neighbors are casting,

beautiful shapes,

through me,

onto the,

earth.

Formica, My Cat, And Greenies

I feel a tap, tap. I look down to see Formica Dinnette Patrice Foxford Mauerman, my cat, tapping my leg. I obediently follow her into the kitchen and repeat variations of; “What a good Kitty!”, “Good crunching!”, “Nicely done!” Good job!”
She likes to be watched while she eats. But, even more, she adores her Greenies.

This product gave my daughter’s cat a new life when he had leukemia. The disease wasn’t cured but he could run around again, be interested in the outside and play.

Formica was over weight and changing cat food didn’t help but six Greenie, three times a day, is causing her to slowly lose pounds.

Now, all I have to do is teach Formica to watch ME eat and say, “Nice crunching!”, Good chewing!”, “Good, not eating that third candy bar”, “Nice work!”, “Good girl, have a Greenie!”

A tabby house cat

Formica My bengal cat

Do You Have Inside People?

Don’t we all have inside people?

One person listened to my son, when he was young, while at the very same time another heard my daughter. The first said something sympathetic to my son then created a run-one sentence to answer my daughter, while another one of me washed dishes and planned dinner.

Occasionally I closed everyone down so I could totally focus on printing words, with a brush, on a poster. Then “Mooom?” rang out. This is one of my favorite words but, as the book ‘Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain’ explains I switched from total drawing mode to Mom mode so quickly I snared, “WHAAAT?”

Then I backed up, apologized and explained the right/ left brain concept to my children. You can feel the switch when you’re aware of it. My son and daughter believed me but didn’t understand until a few years when we laughed together.  nancymauerman.com

A person standing with arms folded in black and white crayon sketch

Inside People

I Want A Magic Suit!

The book, ‘The Magic Suit,’ is an advanced adventure for beginning readers.  In this short story a first grade boy receives a suit at school and with it he saves his mother’s life.

My adult readers find this symbolic on a quiet intellectual level. They think of all the things we learn in schools!

On a noisy emotionally level my friends dearly WANT a magic suit of their own!

‘The Magic Suit’ on Amazon

A boy in a red suit lounging in the clouds

Lounging In The Clouds -‘The Magic Suit’