dirndl skirt's doings:

some thoughts, some memories, some art

dirndl skirt

dirndl skirt
Beacon, New York, USA
May 25
Top Cat (sometimes)
Sharon Watts ...Creative
I'm an illustrator in my day job, but I keep leaking with other things that need to get out. I compiled a book "Miss You, Pat: Collected Memories of NY's Bravest of the Brave, Captain Patrick J. Brown" which enables me to die knowing I did one good thing. But I have more up my sleeve!


OCTOBER 25, 2012 9:39AM

A Letter to My Two Tea Party Aunts

     It’s been a few years since we’ve actually seen each other, due to distance, lifestyles, and a lull in funerals. And there’s no dire need to acknowledge second marriages of cousins or their offspring’s own parenting events, either with mailed announcement

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AUGUST 2, 2012 5:38PM

Appalachian July, Unplugged (w/pics)


Visiting Neil’s barn for the entire month of July was a sketchily planned getaway based on a mid-summer’s fantasy. I had never taken more than two weeks’ vacation and rarely get out of Dodge at all anymore. So it was with some trepidation that I allowedRead full post »

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JUNE 15, 2012 8:34AM

Portrait of Tron


Tron 12x16 oil   

Her name was Tron. My mother painted her in 1970, from a photo in Life magazineand during that last year of high school she graced our suburban living room in a way that was both incongruous and yet entirely fitting. We were a white bread community; I/Read full post »

MAY 24, 2012 2:06PM

Peg O' My Heart

 Pap at PP&L

     My grandfather on my father’s side, “Pappaw” Watts, was a foreman at PP&L (Pennsylvania Power and Light) and Renaissance man: a self-taught musician, poet, photographer, and beekeeper. He also was a Depression-era

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MAY 1, 2012 4:34PM

The Dichotomy of Me

GIRL - homepage 72dpi

My avatar here is only one side of me. It is the part that says “Hey! Look at me!” and represents my illustration style. Kind of girly and fun, whimsical and retro-chic. It’s on my website and business card, and I guess youRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012 2:37PM

Visiting Violet

Violet drawing 

     “She’s a bit shy,” Chris informs me. That’s OK, I am too. 


     Violet is eighty-five, and recently uprooted from a small English village to live with her son and his wife, both exhaustive

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DECEMBER 14, 2011 11:50PM

Material Girl

This essay was previously published at Fictionique
xmas card 1955 

     I was born into the spirit of Christmas gift excess. The proof sits in family archives passed down to me, the oldest and the childless. It is in the meticulously organized photo albums, wellRead full post »



     Anne Lamott I am not.  But I feel a sort of sisterhood-snag as I read her writing, a knit and purl of similar sensibilities. Not a media junkie, I have limited awareness of who’s out there--who’s hot, hip, happening, reviewed, revered

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JUNE 15, 2011 4:19PM

My Dad's Red Letter Sweater

 dad & me

Theoretically, I discovered that my father was human when he died. I was four, and Death was a vague notion, if that. In 1957, not even a pet had died. 


     One day he was smiling and lifting me off theRead full post »

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MAY 12, 2011 1:11AM

A Beautiful Day at Ground Zero ~ photo essay

 IMG_1628 Approaching Ground Zero from the north. I hadn't seen the actual site in several years.  
IMG_1629 Yep. Nice day.
View from an overpass where you can just barely see one of the two reflecting pools (grey horizontal line) near the line of tre… Read full post »