Je' Czaja aka Granny Savage

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years, is the author of several books and teaches art. Twitter: @jeczaja FB: https://www.facebook.com/grannysavage Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IU4RWKE
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The Fishing Hole-Art from Odds and Ends

The Fishing Hole-Miniscape #3 The leaves are made from cat littler, the plants collected beside the road, the hill is styrofoam covered with a plaster-mache mix, the fish are polymer clay from my hot little hands. The water is resin, which always intimidates me because it’s so freaking expensive you will kick yourself (as I … Continue reading

Fatal Attraction

Praying Mantis’ Sexual Cannibalism It might seem like a high price to pay for sex, but about a third of male Praying Mantis are willing to take the chance. Females often eat their lovers at some point in the act of mating and misguided naturalists, who think they need to justify animal behavior on moral … Continue reading

Pretty…Cheap

Pretty…Cheap Grandma used to say, “Use it up, wear it out; make it do or do without.” Sometimes frugality promotes creativity, which is just another way to say necessity is the mother of invention. I remember barbed wire holding a coke bottle on the old farm tractor motor. It wasn’t pretty, but Matka (our tractor’s … Continue reading

Sex and the Senior Citizen

“Oh boy,” I thought, “I’m going to the senior village where I can actually just be friends with men without all those sex games.” Yes, I am naïve. Walking down the corridor, Steve called me over to a bench he was sitting upon. He took my hands in his hands, gazed intently into my eyes … Continue reading

My “Get Out of Loony Bin Free” Artist Card

I was coming back from a nature walk last year, thinking about fractals; the repeating patterns in nature. You know how rivers from space look like tree branches, which look like our neural pathways, which look like our circulatory system. I was thinking that the turtle’s shells had the same pattern as the live oak … Continue reading

The Press is a Lying Drama Queen

Look, they need to get your attention to get readers so they can get money. It’s that simple-and that’s not going to change. The best way to get your attention is to yell, “Fire!” We naturally respond to threats to our health and safety, right? So we tune in and become outraged by exaggerated BS. … Continue reading

Herding Cats-A Good Laugh for Team Leaders

I was asked to take charge of these 100+ people to accomplish this big multi-faceted project. As a volunteer. All I could think of is “herding cats.” So I said I’d draw up plans, but won’t micromanage the kitties. How about you? Ever lead a group on a big project? Ever feel like a cat … Continue reading

OMG! I’m a Socialist!

I was talking with a young woman, a Southerner, Christian and business woman. She was describing historical research she had done, coupled with some deep thinking, and concluded that she is a Democratic Socialist. Amazing. But then young people haven’t spent their entire lives pounded with Cold War propaganda that labels anything left of Mussolini … Continue reading

Girl on the Moors-An Allegory of Adolescence

I usually see something beautiful then paint it. But this time I only saw it in my head, which is very hard to photograph for reference. It was quite a struggle hauling it up from the depths; from the Land Below the Waves. Turns out it is an allegory, but that shouldn’t be too surprising … Continue reading

I Named My One Hormone Ginger

I just turned 71 going on 35 and am often, to my surprise, confronted with romantic invitations. Which I avoid, claiming to only have one hormone left. I mean, what-are you planning to start a family? My son says, no, senior romance is about companionship. Companionship is nice, but my wealthy 78 year-old friend, Shelly … Continue reading