Kalamazoo. You may know it as a place where people live. But do you know why it was thusly named? Well, sit back dear readers, I will take you on a trip fantastic.
It originally had the unoriginal name of Bronson (Not to be confused with another Bronson 50 miles away), settled by Titus Bronson in 1829 and founded 2 years later.
As it turns out, Titus Bronson was an “eccentric” to the “dismay” of “an influential group of men in town” a whole five years after he founded it. He was convicted of stealing a cherry tree (cherries are serious business in Michigan), kicked out and the town was promptly renamed “Kalamazoo”. – Source
Why Kalamazoo though? Named after La rivière Kikanamaso as the French-Canadians called it, where it was derived from an Potawatomi word (probably?) meaning “boiling water” (maybe?) or “the mirage or reflecting river” (maybe). So the American settlers decided, “Yes, that is a fine name, Kalamazoo it is.”
A footnote in this fascinating and inspiring tale of Titus Bronson, Wikipedia says:
After leaving Kalamazoo, Bronson found his way to Davenport, Iowa, where, in 1842, he lost most of his money in a land swindle. His wife also died in that same year. Bronson lived in Illinois for a short while, and then returned to Connecticut where he died a broken man.
Other Sources: Stuff I found on wikipedia.
You are the hero.
You are wanted. Needed.
You are the center of adoration, ridicule, passion.
You provoke thought, jealousy, change.
You are in control.
You can see the awe in their eyes and their hearts.
It must be true.
The world falls away
The director has called, “Cut!”
The side characters take a break.
Blinkered confusion sets in
But only a moment before
The dreadful clarity.
You get off the train.
The director has just received a new script.
My resolutions for the year:
- Say “no” when it makes sense.
- Don’t apologize unless at fault.
- Don’t feel guilt/shame for things beyond your control.
- Be more decisive.
- Unless you are creating, get off the computer.
- Less introspection, more doing.
- Waste more paper.
- Make mistakes.
- Consume less.
I wont finish all of these by the end of the year, but if I work on most of them and maintain, I will be a better person than I am now.
Yeah, at least set up to do better things.
Draw a day. Ha. In other news, this was done on the computer with an awesome pencil brush for photoshop found here. That artist is worlds better than me, so he shows the capabilities of that brush.
I borrowed my dad’s old camera to take pictures since I don’t take pictures. I literally destroyed the first roll, but the second one came out. Most were pretty bad. Here are the less bad ones:
I didn’t edit this in any way since when I tried, they seemed to come out worse. I’m not good at photoshopping photos.