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TheVerbal Commute

TM by Paul Andrew Doyle, Publisher UPBEAT TIMES • March 2013 • 2

UPBEAT GUYS LOG; STARDATE 2•22•2013; 12:58 P.M. & :24 SECONDS. SANTA ROSA, CA. ~ There are many times I look at a blank canvas, a piece of paper or even my newspaper after I erase all the text and images from it and think; 'What will I draw/do next?' What will be my colors/words/perspective? For many years now, I have enjoyed drawing lizards of all kinds. The walls of my house have many visuals and paintings with lizard themes. I'm not really sure why. Have

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you ever been drawn to something, not knowing why? Well, I have always enjoyed lizards and observed how interesting they are. In fact, when I was very young, I would go to the wood piles around my property and look for them. Bluebellies were my favorite to catch. Once caught, I would turn them over and pet them on the stomach and they would just lay in the palm of my hand immobile. The colors were fascinating, like that of a blue-green-tourqoise opal all blended into one. Moments later, after I stopped rubbing their bel- lies, they would jump off, scurry a few feet, turn around and look back at me as if to say, 'thanks?'. Who knows what they were think-

ing. They always seemed pretty friendly to me.

So, the art for the cover of Upbeat this month was drawn just for this

issue. March is a time in between sea- sons for me in a way. The egg represents a kind of wholeness and the design has no rel- evance except for the fact that mixing colors is fun


a personal jour- truly do it care of

to do and cool to create. The lizard is the artist and the egg is the canvas, knowing full well that what is inside is really the most important. As we meet people in life, experiencing the colors that shine through them, we inherently learn about ourselves. Eventually, we learn the true colors of those around us and it seems to help make a


Because life itself to make some- it lends itself

easier, more tolerable, conscience and aware. is fragile and we all have the opportunity one's day by a random act of selflessness, to huge opportunities in the success from ney well lived. Honestly, all of us can't day after day, for we have ourselves to take first. But, if we have a healthy state of mind

even amongst challenges of adversity, those challenges become healthy for all of us because

it creates a positive impact on others. I know it sounds crazy,

but I know I'm where I'm supposed to be at this very moment as I write this verbal commute for the month of March 2013.

SIGMOND The Plant in... "Growing Up" Never published before. Drawn in 1987, from the old days. May this Issue of Upbeat find you well!

A man walks into a shoe store, and tries on a pair of shoes. "How do they feel?" asks the sales clerk.

"Well, they feel a bit tight." replies the man.

The assistant promptly bends down and has a look at the shoes and the mans feet.

"Try pulling out on the tongue." offers the clerk.

"Nath theyth sthill feelth a bith tighth." He says.

Fun Facts & Trivia #1

All air contains water, but near the ground it is usually in the form of an invisible gas called water vapor. When warm air rises, it expands and cools. Cool air can't hold as much water vapor as warm air, so some of the vapor

condenses onto tiny pieces of dust that are floating in the air and forms a tiny droplet around each dust particle. When billions of these droplets come together they become a visible cloud.

A 69-year-old woman hasn’t used money in 15 years and says she’s been much happier ever since.

by Paul A. Doyle

The chicken is the closest living relative of Tyranosaurus Rex.

Asteroids are small, airless rocky worlds revolving around the sun that are too small to be called planets. They are also known as planetoids or minor planets.

Most asteroids lie in a vast ring between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

2 • March 2013 • UPBEAT TIMES It is never too late to be who you might have been. ~George Eliot

©2013 Sigmond.

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