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Unlightenment, Cartoonin' Gals, and My Time-Tripping Phone

Today’s post is about two very good cartooning friends of mine, and a super mysterious email on my phone that appears to be from a time before the internet.

First, my friend Cathy Thorne has a book out, and it’s just in time for the Holiday Season! It’s called “Unlightenment: A Guide To Higher Consciousness For Everyday People.” (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster)

That's my friend Cathy Thorne at her book launch for "Unlightenment"... a very funny look at the state of unenlightenment.

That's my friend Cathy Thorne at her book launch for "Unlightenment"... a very funny look at the state of unenlightenment.

Cathy does cartooning like no one else I know. Her unembellished drawings are eye-catching, and they say so much about life, people, and relationships. Oh, and they are funny, cutting right through to the heart of things.

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... so true... 

... so true... 

A bit from the back of the book: “We are all searching for that delightful, mysterious state of mind called enlightenment. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as those #LiveInTheMoment posts make it seem. It requires us to be perpetually aware, constantly present, and eternally mindful… But who has time for that?”

Can you believe this is not a sculpture, but a chocolate cake?

Can you believe this is not a sculpture, but a chocolate cake?

There's one of Cathy's characters made out of sugar. Isn't she sweet? I once asked Cathy why her people have no eyes, and she gave me a long and convoluted answer that escapes my memory. 

There's one of Cathy's characters made out of sugar. Isn't she sweet? I once asked Cathy why her people have no eyes, and she gave me a long and convoluted answer that escapes my memory. 

It’s a beautiful hardcover book with a lot of laughs, and it makes for a thoughtful gift for that ever mindful person in your life.

Check it out: Unlightenment: A Guide To Higher Consciousness For Everyday People

More from Cathy Thorne.

Now for something else: I don’t get to see my long-distant friends often enough. But when my cartoonin’ pal Susan Camilleri-Konar left her home in Vancouver to fly across the country to spend a couple of days in Toronto, I took time off from the drawing board to hang out with her. This is how cartoonists socialize:

We got so lost in my sketchbook that we failed to notice Susan’s husband Brian shooting a video of us. Thanks, Brian! ... and oh, of course thanks for the Bourbon and wine that fuelled our doodling pens.

If you don’t already know, Susan is the Wednesday cartoonist for the comic “Six Chix” syndicated by King Features Syndicate. That used to be my spot, and I’m happy to report that she’s been filling it well. Susan is also a magazine cartoonist. If you’d like to see more from this very funny lady, check her out HERE.

Now for some mystery. If anyone out there has an explanation for what I’m about to show you, please let me know. Here’s what happened:

I used the search field in my Gmail to look for an email in my inbox. In fact, it was an email from my friend Cathy Thorne — I needed to check the time of her book launch party. Anyway, the email that turned up was not from Cathy. I don’t know who sent it, or where it came from, but, weirdly, I do know when it was from. Look at the date.

My Phone time traveled? WTF

My Phone time traveled? WTF

After taking the photo, I cleared the field, and tried the search again. The second search failed to bring up anything from 1969. Do you have any thoughts as to what this is? Please tell me!

As always, thanks for reading!

 

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