Art, Cartoon Illustration, Drawing, drawing faces, funny art, Humorous Illustration, Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy, marker and ink illustration, New work, wisdom, wise quotes
Comments 8

Friday’s Thought – On Progress


“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

(Frederick Douglass)

(P.S. I’m hoping that the progress will show tomorrow!)


  1. Maureen Gallagher says

    I prefer progress WITHOUT struggle, thank you! At Omega, chanting. Well, truth be told, in the cafe where the wifi lives. 😉


    • Hi Maureen,

      I need some serenity just about now, too. So if you read this and are still at Omega, please say a few Ohms for me. 😉 Deep breaths, deep breaths…

      Ciao – Joana

    • Thanks, Helen! And yes, I’ve had two days of bashing my head against a wall (more like my computer, that is.) I’ve been focusing on business growth. And with all growth comes frustration, right? Add to the normal frustrations, yesterday we lost internet. That in and of itself was mostly a frustration due to the time lost in talking with tech support. Worse was that after getting the connection back, I discovered that my printer stopped working (communication with the Wi-Fi was severed, so now I need tech support to help me with that.) Grrrr! Needless to say,those types of frustrations seem totally unfair when you’re trying to tackle other more important business decisions!

      Enough about me. How are you! 🙂
      xox -Joana

      • I’m hanging in MKE with Aaron, who is between his Glimmerglass gig and a clinic he’s teaching at Western Illinois University. We are going to all the fun things that are nearby, that I wouldn’t go to if a houseguest weren’t visiting!

        • Hi Helen,

          I’m back now. It was a lovely day, though a lot of driving. I’m glad you’re getting time to spend with Aaron! Does he help you cook? Does he support (and sport) your lapel pin endeavors? When does the MSO start back up?

          My gigs are blissfully sparse right now, but that will probably change soon. I’m enjoying the opportunity to focus solely on the cartoon at my drafting table for a change.🙂

          xox – Joana

          On Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  2. Aaron is LEARNING to cook! I am encouraging him to try the low carb type things I have been eating. His recent birthday present was a handwritten book of recipes that I thought would be fairly easy and quick for him. Aaron is not the kind of dresser that wears lapel pins of any sort! Although he seems to admire them. He’s not even the pocket square type. I gave him some of the silk button cufflinks that I was making for a while, and he likes those.

    I haven’t practiced for almost two weeks at this point, and I have just enquired as to library hours, hoping to pick up some parts tomorrow, if possible! We are starting up again on Sept. 13th. Searching for a new music director, still. Edo will be babysitting for the next couple years, at least.

    • Hi Helen,

      I love to cook, but I feel most inspired with recipes that have pictures. Andy seems to like “wordier” recipes (like the ones in Cook’s Illustrated.) We, too, cook mainly low carb. The pasta and breads we eat nowadays are chickpea pasta and sprouted grain bread (which tastes like cardboard but is passable if you toast it and put some peanut butter on it.;-)

      Whenever I see older movies, I’m always nostalgic for how people used to dress. These days it’s “anything goes” and no one seems to take a second look if someone is wearing their pjs in public. I do fall into the “I’d rather be comfortable” trap sometimes – running errands in my workout clothes – but for the most part I still try to look somewhat nice.

      Interesting about your search and Edo. Will he be helping to choose his successor?

      I’m off to the post office – in my exercise shorts, ha! – but then I plan to go for my long walk in Central Park.

      xox – Joana

      On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 9:31 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


Leave a Reply