Do You Feel the Bern?

If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, you’ve surely noticed that I’m a big supporter of Bernie Sanders for president. He’s building a huge grassroots following and staying away from big-money donors. His fans are finding creative ways to promote their presidential choice. I wanted to share with you this one, which shows you don’t need big bucks to help the candidate you believe in.

This is Kyle Pillsbury who is backpacking around to get the word out in small towns about Bernie Sanders' campaign.
This is Kyle Pillsbury who is backpacking around to get the word out in small towns about Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
“I will be spending my birthday this year (Sept 13) in smaller towns spreading Bernie’s campaign where so many have heard almost nothing about him. I’ll start traveling down back road highways, and won’t have much access to wi-fi or affordable food, hoping to pack up on some stuff I can travel with and cook, like rice and oats. Thanks so much everyone who contributed to my Go Fund Me request.
Here's his sign on his backpack promoting Bernie.
Here’s his sign on his backpack promoting Bernie.
I’m homeless for the time, and hitchhiking and working around. Since I don’t have a car or place for my sign, I support Bernie, and spread the word everywhere I go, people who give me rides, other travelers, people I meet in the towns and cities I pass through.
I’ve been politically active for a long time, but this is the first time a presidential candidate has gotten me this excited.”
Here is his Go Fund Me page.

Here’s my challenge to you: Think about ways that you can help spread the word about Bernie. Act on that and one-by-one we can build support for this candidate.

#‎EnoughIsEnough‬ ‪#‎FeelTheBern‬ ‪#‎Sanders2016‬

Seeing Winslow Homer’s Studio

A visitor expressed an interest in going to see Winslow Homer’s studio in Maine. I love his paintings of the rugged coast, so I checked for information about the studio at Prout’s Neck, north of Kennebunkport. Unfortunately it isn’t easy to visit.

First off, it is open to tours 2 days a week and on those days, they only give 2 tours. The tours are limited to 10 people each and it costs $55. To take the tour, one must go to Portland Museum of Art. For us, that’s an additional half hour drive over the hour and 10 minutes it would take to get from New Hampshire to Prout’s Neck. Then the museum transports the tour members to the studio for a 2 hour tour and then back to the museum.

Sigh… Too expensive and too far for an easy day trip. We may take a drive one day and at least see the scenery along that stretch of coastal Maine.

There’s a web cam so you can see the view from Homer’s studio (keep in mind, that you won’t see anything after dark). You can also watch some videos on Youtube about Winslow Homer’s paintings, his life and his studio.

Celebrating the American Artist, Winslow Homer

The great American artist, Winslow Homer was born February 24, 1836. His work is highly valued today as some of the greatest American realism painting. I’ve collected some of his art, now available on posters, cards and framed prints for your enjoyment.

Be sure to watch the videos about the influences on his painting and also the ones that explain individual paintings. This will give you an even greater enjoyment of Winslow Homer’s contribution to American art.

Winslow Homer: Noreaster fine art Canvas Print
Winslow Homer: Noreaster fine art Canvas Print by Virginia5050

His paintings of people appeal in a different way than his seascapes.

Morning Glories - Postcard
Morning Glories – Postcard by dchaddad
Check out other Winslow homer Postcards at

Links for Learning More about Winslow Homer

Bill Gates bought a Winslow Homer painting for 36 million dollars.