Summer at the library

Since I learned to read I remember spending summers at my local library. Last summer I spent in residency at the Drummond Island, MI Library and was inspired to create new works during a summer at a library.  My girls have been enrolled in summer reading programs since birth.  This summer was to be the first year my oldest daughter is of age to officially volunteer for the summer reading program. But that is not to be. We fully support continued closures of all public spaces during this pandemic and she will have next summer.

This got me thinking however about how all of us library-goers will get through a summer without our local library activities. Our library has a coffee shop and a used shop. We love to putter around and discover new things. I will miss bumping into displays the thoughtful librarians have pulled together because they understand readers and how our likes are complicated. But the continued closure of our local libraries won’t keep us from reading. Monday, June 1st is the kick-off of the Summer Reading program. Check out your local library online to sign up for their summer reading program. You can still borrow e-books from the library and if you can’t live without a real book call up your local book store. We have the amazing Changing Hands bookstore in Phoenix – if you don’t have a local book store order from Indie Bound online.

Happy Summer Reading! I have a pretty high stack of books I plan to get through this summer but I am always open to reading suggestions.

Face Masks by Artists

The marketplace is finally starting to catch up with the demand from regular folks looking for face masks. I’m excited to offer that some of my designs are now on fabric masks over on Redbubble.

Features

  • Non-medical face masks help you express yourself even when you can’t show your face
  • Two layers of soft 100% brushed polyester with sublimation print on the outside layer
  • 7.25″ x 4.6″ / 18.5 x 11.5 cm with over-ear elastic straps for a snug fit over mouth and nose
  • Wash after each use
  • For every mask sold, Redbubble will make a donation to Heart to Heart International
  • Do not use as medical personal protective equipment
  • Adult use only and should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance
  • Designed by independent artist Cyndi Coon and printed for you when you order

 

 

Art that Pops

In 2005 I ran into a friend from graduate school on the streets of SOHO in NYC. She worked at Scholastic at the time and we exchanged contact info. A few days later she contacted me and asked if I would create a kid’s creativity book for the Scholastic School Book Fair program. The requirements were few, mostly I just needed to create a book filled with imaginative tutorials including step by step images. I created this book and it was published in the Spring of 2006. It sold at school book fairs for a few years until it was retired.

 

 

Because this text is no longer available to purchase through Scholastic I have scanned it and am sharing it as a downloadable PDF. In a time of Covid-19 sheltering in place we need ideas to use our imagination. These are fun projects for kids and adults. Enjoy!

 

Click to access Art-That-Pops-By-Cyndi-Coon.pdf

Art That Pops

Cyndi Coon Author and Illustrator

©2006 Scholastic

48 pages Paperback

Out of Print ISBN – 0-43981337-9

Covid Connections

In this time of global social distancing, it is more important than ever to stay connected. There is more than high tech options such as Zoom.

Consider good old fashioned US Postal Service and send some love via snail mail. Postcard stamps are only ¢.35

To encourage sending love notes – I have attached eight FREE humorous postcards pdfs for your enjoyment.

PDFs:

Covid-19 Veggie Humor Postcards

Covid-19 Humor Postcards

Easy steps to use: 

  1. download pdf
  2. print on your home printer
  3. cut cards at 4.25 and 5.5 inches
  4. write a love note on the back
  5. fill in the recipient’s address
  6. add a ¢.35 postcard stamp
  7. drop in the nearest post office box
  8. Enjoy your thoughtfulness

Starfish Place

The needs are so great. We help with those most urgent first.

The women and their children at the Starfish Place, a housing community in Phoenix for human trafficking survivors, will run out of food next week.

That means 15 women and children, families, will not have food next week.

Join me if you are able  –  QR code and Venmo on the image. All funds go to buy groceries for these families.
Everyone take care out there

Give your best

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Credited to Mother Theresa

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Take More Naps – Increase Productivity

 

This is just a partial list of famous nappers. Catching Zs where ever I can grab them has always been my motto. It’s one of the reasons I own my company and haven’t’ worked as an employee in 17 years. Take naps!

  • Leonardo da Vinci took multiple naps a day and slept less at night.
  • The French emperor Napoleon was not shy about taking naps. He indulged daily.
  • Though Thomas Edison was embarrassed about his napping habit, he also practiced this ritual on a daily basis.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, used to boost her energy before speaking engagements by napping.
  • Gene Autry, “the Singing Cowboy,” routinely took naps in his dressing room between performances.
  • President John F. Kennedy ate his lunch in bed and then settled in for a nap—every day!
  • Oil industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller napped every afternoon in his office.
  • Winston Churchill’s afternoon nap was a non-negotiable. He believed it helped him get twice as much done each day.
List from 7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science written by CamMi Pham for Medium