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up with figs, traveling cheer

Once upon a time, Lisa and Adrienne worked for the same alternative newsweekly. Now, both spend their respective lives mining their creative souls and leading hermit-like lives. And so an idea was hatched. Every week, one would send the other a sketch—either in illustration or word form—and the other would make a companion to the sketch. The result would be posted on both their blogs every week, just for grins. Even if the result isn't award-worthy, the exercise makes both minds more nimble. Hopefully.

Traveling cheer


I’m just not feeling it this year. Maybe this will change. Maybe it won’t. But I’m meeting the whole Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/Kwanzaa/New Year’s season with resignment rather than celebration. It’s going to happen no matter what I do. Might as well lie back and think of the Baby Jesus. 

This isn’t new, mind, just more pronounced this year. And my hope is that I’ll have a moment, one of those small seconds when the light catches an ornament just right, say, when I feel that holiday feeling. Just for that split second, it will be less than a total drag.

Which is why I miss living in Knoxville, where one dude roams the interstates in his tricked-out pick-up with the electrified holiday icons. It’s like one of those mythic Christmas miracles, all heaped up in the back of a Ford longbed.


Text ©Adrienne Martini; illustration ©Lisa Horstman. Until the end of time. Or something.


Make a completely wasteful and ridiculous road-trip to South Jersey this weekend to see my play. The Snow Queen will jolt you into the Christmas spirit.

You are not eating enough fish nor drinking enough wine. Works for me.

Keep things as simple as possible
Listen to good music
If you like candles, light lots of them

There used to be a dude in Knoxville who wore a santa court jester hat year round.

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