Hospital Clowning: From Crying to Curious

Friday, March 16th 2018


It’s my first time partnering with Dr. Joekulele (the next newest member of the team), and we are not bad!  I enjoy his games with kids where he continually fails to guess their name, and also when he reflects on how old he was when he was their age.  lol.  OMG he has a mini dry-erase board in his pocket onto which he can draw some “X’s” that magically disappear, reappear and flit around.  It is my favorite magic I’ve seen in a long time and I have no idea how he does it.   And check him out on harmonica!  

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(I am trying to back him up with the tambourine in my hair. )



Emoji, emoticon - cryingIn a room a baby is crying.  We drop some melody on him in a pitch high intended to reach around his cries.  He perks up in curiosity and quietly soaks up our rendition of Knick-Knack Pattywhack.  Then as always it is time for us to float on out of there.  At least he doesn’t start crying again just yet.



owl professorIn the lobby a boy teaches me two knock knock jokes which I mix in with one of the very next patients we visit; a four year old girl stoically building a playdough strawberry (with only one hand).  She wouldn’t give up a smile or speak for any of our efforts until we finally hit upon knock knock jokes.  Turns out both her smile AND voice are adorable.


4) KNOCK KNOCK 1-2-3:owls

  1. Knock knock.  Who’s there.  “Who.”  Who who?        What are you and owl or something?
  2. Knock knock.  Who’s there.  “Boo.”  Boo who?              Aw it’s okay, don’t cry!
  3. Knock knock.  Who’s there.  “Tide.”  Tide who?          Tide of knock knock jokes yet?



Walking by the Ultrasound waiting room we are behind schedule but there is a pow!patient with his parents in there.  I stop to play my music box against the window (now “Pink Panther” instead of “If I Only Had a Brain“).  They love it and mom wants to take a photo.  We pose through the window and of course Joe bangs his head on the window trying to get his hat back on.  I can hear their laughter as we head down the hall and it feels very satisfying to get such a great hit in under a minute.


elevator-clipart-1Waiting for one of the many elevator rides we take throughout the day, the door opens upon a family with a girl holding her own IV pole.  “Going up?” her dad asks.  “Nope sorry we’re going down,” we say.  The elevator door starts to close as the girl gasps and says, “Oh!  Come up to my room!”  The door shuts and regrettably aren’t able to follow her but that is exactly the kind of sentiment we aim to foster around here.  Forget illness, let’s PLAY!


In the morning we receive a call from one of the Child Life Specialists letting us know that a patient who loves us has made and displayed a portrait of a clown out of pom-poms, proudly displayed it on his door and would love for us to come pay a visit and see.   After lunch we manage a special trip and have a wonderful visit.  The kid speaks little English but his dad translates and we do his bidding, rewarded by fabulous laughter.  “Thank you so much!” his mom says, “You are part of my son’s wellness.

I even make it out of there before any tears leak out at all.

I am simply so honored and humbled by the privilege of  this work.

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Have You Seen My Son?

March 12, 2018



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Face Painting: Special FX with Lady Z

March 9th 2018 – East Coast Face Painting Convention

This Unicorn Zombie right here:

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The Incomparable Z Leach


She say; “Don’t even bother trying to say my name.  Just call me ‘Z!'”


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L-R:  Zombie, Bullet Brain, Staple Head  
Burnt, Foaming at the Mouth and Pretty Messed Up, respectively.  

I literally gagged when she started foaming at the mouth.
How I love her though!

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Face Painting: Convention Oh My!

Friday, March 9th 2018

More from the 2018 East Coast Face Painting Convention: at The Zoo:

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Bear:  Brown, Polar & Teddy

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Owl,  Monkey,  Parrot













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Princess Crown,  Fairy

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Dragon, Mermaid


One Stroke Class with Kellie Burris:

Resistance is futile:

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I finally buy my first arty cakes. 


Feline Faces by Mark Reid:

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Mis-matched these sketches, #oops

















In other related inspiration:

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Face Painting: Prosthetic Horn Making

Thursday, March 8th 2018

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Unicorn Horns


How surreal to face several canceled buses, a snowstorm and several not-canceled buses only to land in horn-making class at the East Coast Face Painting Convention.

I am pumped to try this!   The instructor also throws in some quick bling-making instruction for good measure, while our horns are baking of course.

Here’s some finished product:


In the works; horns for monsters, dinosaurs and dragons oh my!

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Instructor:  Darci McHenry


And this is just the beginning.


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Meeting Manmeat

Tuesday, March 6th 2018

Stealing into town for a secret afternoon rendezvous with my Hubsand, I find him like this:

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ManMeat Maintaining


Eating of course!  Nonchalantly enjoying a little maintenance meal and casually holding up a building.

When you love someone even more for just being theirself.

#Musky Marinated Magnificent Monosyllabic Minnesota ManMeat Monster Maintenance Meal of Mine…


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Tooth Fairytale

Sunday, March 4th 2018
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(Click video below.)




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