I, the Queen of Northdixiedom...

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Last year I had a series of folk art birds I made called Spotted Killjoys. I had a lot of fun with them, and they were somewhat cathartic. The Spotted Killjoy can be someone in your life, or even yourself. It's the critic in your life - and sometimes that comes from inside yourself.

I'm naturally wired that way. I'm always looking for the next pothole in the road so I can brace myself. But I'm trying to change that about myself. I love to make polka--dotted birds and they had become associated with this negative thing. I can't make them anymore. And I still want to make polka-dotted birds.

There's a passage in the Bible (Phillipians, chapter 4) that says instead of being anxious we should pray about everything with thankful hearts. It goes on to say:

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."

And so, I, the Queen of Northdixie, do decree that Spotted Killjoys shall be banished and replaced with Spotted Prayer-birds in Northdixie-dom!

Let the praying begin.

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