Friday, May 16, 2014


   On Monday, January 6, 2014 I posted a collection of my work from May, 2013, and also my first all new Kevin Koastie cartoon.

Link: 2013 Fresh - May

    I also revealed an item of personal information:
"Everything in May was good up until this point. 5/15/13 was the day my wife slipped and broke her leg while at work and was rushed to the hospital. 2 days later, 5/17/13, while she was still in the hospital, she went into cardiac arrest due to a blood clot or fat embolism getting into her bloodstream from the break site. They managed to get her heart started again, but she hasn't regained consciousness since." .... "I'm glad she's not dead. I still hope she'll wake up and recover some day. I visit her 5 days a week at the nursing home. But it's lonely around here without her. Sometimes I feel sad, you know? On the other hand, sometimes I have to focus past my own troubles to be of any good to myself, Mary, or anyone else. My art helps me cope because when I'm drawing, I know there's at least one thing in the whole world that I can control, even if it's just a piece of paper on a clipboard held in one hand, and a pen or pencil help in the other. When I draw the anxiety goes away for a while. Sometimes I even smile. Philippians 4:6-7 Keep the faith, my friends."

   And I included a special design to emphasize my point.
My Buddy, My Pal, My Chum, My Kemosabe, My Partner, My Teammate, My Compadre, My Amigo, My Backup, My Friend, My Wife, My Love Mary. 5/31/05
    On Saturday, February 8, 2014 I posted some other designs inspired by my wife.
Link: Mandala, Tapestries, Windows, Self Portraits, and Valentines.
Mary. 7/29/05
The Abundance of My Heart. 5/24/10
Valentine. 3/26/10
   Over the years Mary has certainly been a source of inspiration for me, so it's high time I awarded her a Musey.
A Musey for Mary.
   In fact, she still inspires me. Here's a new design I finished today.
Born - 8:24:51, Died - 5:6:14, Loved - FOREVER. 5/17/14

I'm Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of the day
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life has been full, I've savored much
Good friends, good times,
a loved one's touch
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me free!
The Journey Home
There's a path that leads to a turn in the road,
and we each must travel there,
Where the Father waits to take us home
to the shelter of His care.
Where happiness and peace and joy
replace the tears and pain,
and our loved ones rest
in the arms of God
to sweetly live again.
Safely Home
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
"The souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment can touch them.
They seemed in the view of the foolish to be dead and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before others indeed they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality.
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself."
 - Wisdom 3:1-6

Her memorial service will be Monday, May 19. I'm taking 4 days off from work to spend time with family and friends before and after the service. I reckoned this would be the only evening this week when I could post a tribute to the only girl I ever dated who actually though I was worth marrying.

Here's to you, kid - you didn't just inspire a little world, you were my world.
Update: Link - "If IMAO Had a Flag It Would Be Flying At Half Staff."


  1. What nice sentiments Donny...Love how you honored her through your art. Lisa Morman

  2. i envy what you had and am sorry for your loss.

  3. The greatest blessing a woman can every hope to have is to find a man who will adore her with every fiber of his being.

    You blessed her throughout her life.

    You will bless her again.

  4. May the Lord watch over her, and you, till you meet again.

  5. Came over from IMAO, you have my deepest sympathy.

  6. Thanks, everyone.
    "Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
    And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
    Philippians 4:6-8
    I have a lot of good things to think about, no anxiety and a peace I can't explain, but which I'm clinging to. I think it's going to be all right.

  7. I'm sorry for your loss 4of7. I'll keep you in my prayers. Take comfort in The Lord and know she is with Him in paradise.

  8. Sympathetic words can barely touch the surface. I'm sure that many here, including myself, are just distant individuals who admire your art and your wit, and who will likely never even meet in person, but I wish you comfort, prayers and condolences for your loss, and the faith in knowing that the loss will not be forever.

  9. Also here from the IMAO family to offer prayers and condolences

  10. 11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.

    12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.

    I know it's of little comfort now, but I promise you this: Paradise is a real place and your wife is there.

  11. So sorry for your loss in this world. In the next you will be together again, healthy and with bodies that will never die. For now though I pray that God will comfort you and give you His peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers and in God's love - Doug.

  12. Sorry to hear the news. May God's Peace be with you.

  13. I am so sorry. Your celebration of her life and eternal hope for reunion are sweet and inspiring. Prayers for you in this difficult time.

  14. Thanks, Everybody. My case is nothing out of the ordinary. Most people, if they live long enough, will lose someone dear to them. The only way to avoid the pain of loss is to never let anyone get close enough to you to matter to you, and you can't do that without losing your humanity in the process. The sorrow of parting is worth it in order to experience the joy of belonging.
    And beyond the parting there is hope.
    "In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory. Farewell!"
    - Aragorn's last words, LOTR, ROTK, Appendix A.