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About CJS

living in my beloved Lowcountry, between the blackwater swamps and the saltmarshes, surrounded by pre-revolutionary history.....thinking about current events....painting the wonderful cities that make up our heroic country....hoping we can save it from apathy, and our enemies....pondering a life of adventure from the comfort of age

…my year long affair with Guido Brunetti

It started out harmlessly. A friend in London knew a man who’d lived in Venice. He told her about Brunetti. Brunetti is a native Venetian. Rare, any more. A really good guy, too. Don’t worry – my husband knows. He’s … Continue reading

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the angel’s share

Since there has been a lengthy discussion of near-experiences with “ghosts,” it’s necessary to get to “the angel’s share.” My own angels will have nothing less. “The angel’s share” is a term used in whiskey making, for the portion of … Continue reading

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Ghosts – they’re not just for Halloween. 2020 is such a screwy year, it seems like IT’S a ghost story!

The Couch Crew – that’s me and my husband, with occasional guests – have been discussing ghosts this week. My son sent me a picture of our grandson, wearing a little 4 yr old sized “Ghostbusters” uniform, watching “Ghostbusters,” the … Continue reading

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I’m too old to fight

If y’all want to be communists, have at it. That is what it seems has happened in America. The communists won. I’m very sorry to see that, because I’ve seen first hand the results of 50 years of communism in … Continue reading

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the hummingbirds left this week

I’ve enjoyed their show all summer. And I will miss them. It doesn’t seem like much, in a year of extremes, but the hummingbirds are the most exciting avians in our little subtropical microcosm. They are nature’s flying aces. I … Continue reading

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Are you smarter than a squirrel, part deux

I’m certain that some humans are much smarter than squirrels. The friendly ladies at the Wild Bird Shop in Beaufort showed me all the baffles and gadgets you can acquire to stymie the little problem solvers. They also sent me … Continue reading

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How dinosaurs saved my sanity

Somewhere in the middle of this ridiculous year I started painting dinosaurs for my grandson. He’s 4, so…dinosaurs. My son had a new Dad Pad, so dinosaurs were just fine. Requested, in fact. And since I had wound down my … Continue reading

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are you smarter than a squirrel?

I’m not sure I am. You know Jeff Foxworthy’s show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,” right? Squirrels may be smarter than 5th graders. 2 weeks ago “my” squirrels (all squirrels live in the same square mile their whole … Continue reading

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remembering why I paint

I’ve been painting so long now that there are a lot of levels to every canvas I drop. And that’s a good thing! It means I’m busy and successful. There are canvases created for several niche markets I serve, like … Continue reading

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swamplife

I’m a morning person.  Always have been.  I’m the person who still got up at daylight, even if we’d partied until 4.  I always felt you missed something if you missed mornings.  I was never the person who slept until … Continue reading

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