Guinea Pig Tarot

Once upon a time, I thought, “Why not?”

As is usual with such thoughts, strange things can abide. Perhaps it’s fortunate that there are only three cards; the world may not be ready for more. It may not be ready for these!

But as they exist still today and are faithful representations of guinea pigs I have known and cherished, here they are, in order of when I drew them!

IV. The Emperor: Rowan

Discerning, kind, just, and philosophical, Rowan had more worldly concerns on his mind than his luxurious Silkie hair.


III. The Empress: Athena

If you knew our Athena, it would not surprise you that she’d take this role. Fierce in both affection and (minor) destruction, Athena always knew what she wanted. Who among us can say this with such certainty?


II. The High Priestess: Angela

Angela was an albino with just the slightest bit of tan on her nose, and you can see the results of drawing a white guinea pig on a white background. But! Her pleasant, slightly wistful nature is evident in her kind eye and expectant nose, and she loved nothing more than to talk to you about you.


That’s as far as I ever got. Perhaps I’ll pick it up again one day; I’ve had more guinea pigs in the house since then! 🙂

FAIL: First Attempt In Learning


FAIL: First Attempt In Learning (often attributed to A P J Abdul Kalam).

This acronym really resonated with me when I saw it.

Failure can make you feel rotten.
Failure can make you want to give up.
Failure can make you say, “Everything bad always happens to me.”

It’s hard to turn that around when you’re in the middle of it and not even sure you want to pick yourself off, dust yourself off, and start all over again (tm Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields, and Swing Time).

When you create something, you often want it to be blessed right away. We’re bombarded with perfection everywhere we turn, so we can get bamboozled into thinking it’s so easy and that something’s wrong with us if our first attempts aren’t flawless.

Yet we have to remember that what we see with all this seeming perfection is the END RESULT. The final, polished version. And chances are, the person behind it still perceives flaws! It’s just how human beings seem to be wired, and we have to actively work to get away from our old pal, Negative Mindset.

So. If you’re in the middle of something that just isn’t working out, or you’re worrying yourself ’til all hours over something that happened, take comfort in that everything we do really is a learning opportunity if we let it be one. It’s okay to feel bad when it happens! We’re going to feel what we feel.

Just try not to let that be _all_ you ever feel, or let it get in your way of being who you want to be and doing what you want to do. Rawr!

Originally posted on my Instagram.

Reading Meme

Just a meme for your day!

“Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word. It means they learned it by reading.”

I mispronounce the darnedest things sometimes.