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Focus on Caring: Looking for trouble

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Compassion facesMy oh my how often we are on the road, driving to our intended destination, and we observe someone with car trouble.  Each and every time I observe such a scene I always say a little prayer that the Universe will step in and send someone to be of assistance to this poor soul.

Thomas Weller of San Diego, California looks for trouble and provides assistance in the form of: fuel for those who thought driving on fumes would get them to their destination, a change of tire for that troublesome flat tire that started out as a slow leak but ended as a pancake, or a lift to a safer place so that the stranded motorist could get off the highway.Flat tire

This isn’t a passing fancy of his, he’s been doing it for 50 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mary Riesche: artist – and sister – extraordinaire

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Future artist, Mary Desonier Riesche
Future artist, Mary Desonier Riesche

My sister, Mary, has been an artist since she could hold a crayon and a water color brush in her hand.  Without giving away her age, I’ll just say that she’s been an artist for quite a few years because she is close in age to myself.

Mary in her garage studio
Mary in her garage studio

This article honors the consistency and commitment that my sister has exercised in her quest to maintain and hone her talent.  Her husband was in the United States Navy when she married him, a career that deposited the two of them and their ever growing family, all over the United States and the world.  She could have put down her sketching pencils, acrylics, and oils and figured that until the kids are grown up and out of the house, she wouldn’t have time for her artistic endeavors.  But she didn’t.  She managed her family single-handedly – and excellently I might add – while her husband was away at sea, never neglecting her family nor the craft that she loves so much.

Mary has been so diligent on this artistic journey, that I can only recall one time when she could not work on her craft.  Mary broke her right wrist falling down in front of a grocery store near her Vacaville, California neighborhood several years ago, and as happens after we cross a certain age threshold, bones break easier and take longer to heal.  But my sister was only sidelined for as long as absolutely necessary while she completed her physical therapy regimen and then – almost as good as new – she again took up the tools of her craft to pour her heart, soul, and energy into each piece.

And now that my sister and her husband are retired – and their five children are all grown and the number of grandchildren has recently increased to six – Mary continues to pick up the tools that she discovered as a youngster, and consistently makes efforts to expand her talents.

The artist in April 2014 at one of many craft fairs she attends through the year.
The artist in April 2014 at one of many craft fairs she attends through the year.

Now this is where you come in.  I strongly encourage you to visit Mary Riesche Studios so that you can get to know a bit more about this artistic family member of mine, and while you’re at it, browse a sampling of her current inventory of pieces that are for sale.  She loves what she does so much, and is so committed to what she loves to do, she will even create a custom piece to fit your home, business, or organization’s needs.

Do yourself a favor, browse the Mary Riesche Studios website, and then contact the artist to discern how her talent can benefit your personal or commercial environment.