Story of a Little Octopus

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A quick sketch of Alan and his little octopus

Alan told me a story of a little octopus.  A story that I want to remember for the rest of my life.  Here it goes:

“Once upon a time, there was a little octopus.

He had no friends.

And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.   And he made all the friends.”

 Story of a Little Octopus

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Frida Standing in a Doorway

FRIDA STANDING IN A DOORWAY

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Developing Your Personal Dictionary of Symbols Bonnie Rose Bryan is the most sparkling artist and human being I know. She is also divine! I think it is because she has immersed herself in mythology, fairytale and folklore for such a long time, that she has absorbed some of the other-worldly and mystical energy (in a [...] [...]