Saturday, December 5, 2020

Light the World: Pay it Backward

As we learned from the #GiveThanks campaign, once you get into a gratitude mindset it's easy to think of things to be thankful for. Likewise, once you get thinking about people who have served you it's a lot easier to think about service you can give to other people.

Or, as Bill and Ted say, "Be excellent to each other!"

 

Friday, December 4, 2020

Light the World: The Christ Child

Man, I try to get off the Naughty list every day!
 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Light the World: Peace on Earth

Today's Light the World service suggestion is to show a place where you feel peace. I couldn't decide between these two.

I think there's great benefit being at the temple even if we're not able yet to be back in the temple.


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Light the World: Hero Highlight

There are all kinds of heroes in our world. It's easy to overlook the everyday heroes who are all around us.

My original draft for this cartoon had mom as the hero. Then dad. I went back and forth until I realized that in my own life my superheroes were a team. Like Me. Incredible and Elastigirl, they were amazing as individuals but even better as a team.

The full prompt asks, "Who represents Christlike love to you?" There's no question that my parents showed that every day.

Who is your hero?

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Light The World: Giving Tuesday

Today's prompt is to give as Jesus did. Make a donation, volunteer. Even if you don't feel you have much to give, what you can give is valuable.
 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Sketchbook: Muffled fashion sense.

Usually when I have something that I share from my sacrament meeting notes, I have to exaggerate a bit or embellish the wording just a bit. This, however, is a direct quote from one of the talks at church yesterday.

And, yes, the mask did complete the ensemble.
 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

What did one hashtag say to the other hashtag?

We had a similar conversation at our dinner table — when should we stop using #GiveThanks and switch over to #LightTheWorld? Can we use both concurrently?

We have very important theological discussions around our dinner table.
 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Did we run this through spell check?

Today's gag comes from faithful reader Vernie C. Which means you can blame him, not me.
 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Another thing I'm thankful for...

Haven't you loved the #GiveThanks campaign? If it weren't for #LightTheWorld coming up soon, I'd be really sad to see the initiative end!

Happy Thanksgiving! As for me and my house, we're eating in waves.


 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Orders is orders

Our governor is very good at sounding like a stern mom. People grumble, but they wear their masks.
 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

What a deal!

And there are people who think that putting pineapple on pizza is wrong!
 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Not the Sketchbook: A rerun

I got a LOT of feedback last week that the sketch should be taken to the finish. Normally I'd put that into the "let's do this later" file. But since it's the holidays, I thought I might as well flesh it out.
 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

#GiveThanks

If you haven't listened to Pres. Nelson's message yet, stop what you're doing and go listen. It's only 12 minutes long, but there's a lot in those 12 minutes.
 

Friday, November 20, 2020

It comes with stuffing

You'd never guess that I was reading the news when this idea showed up in my sketches. I should know better.
 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dinner, turkey style

I kind of feel the same way about sweet potatoes and candied yams. Why do people get excited for those?
 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

That'll clean you out

I don't remember if I was awake or asleep when this thought popped into my mind: "How would the French Chef — Julia Child — prepare a turkey this Thanksgiving? I just wish there was a way to write the caption in her accent!
 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Sketchbook: It's in the details

This comes out of my notes from our sacrament meeting yesterday. We had some outstanding messages, and this one stood out.

There's the saying that "the devil is in the details." I submit that that's wrong. If you consider the details — especially in nature — that's where you'll see the handiwork of God.
 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Quarantined turkeys and shameless promotion

Remember back in the spring when we thought we'd have a wave of the coronavirus and then life would be back to normal? Who thought we'd still be wearing face coverings at the holidays?

Let's be safe out there!

 

Speaking of holidays, gift-giving season is fast approaching! 

I heartily recommend "Giblets and Gravy Blues" as a Thanksgiving gift, "That's No Moon" and "That's One Small Step for a Mom, One Giant Leap for Missionarykind" for any special occasion! Each is chock full of chuckles, and is the perfect size for mailing to your missionary or stuffing in a stocking! Order your copies today — and grab a few for gifting as well!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Remote work environment

One of the best things about working from home is...spending time at home!
 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Veterans Day 2020

Thank you to all those who have served in the military and who are currently serving. 

When we visited Normandy a few years ago, we had the chance to visit the American Cemetery there. Rows upon rows of white markers are a grim reminder of the price that was paid to liberate Europe.

More sobering and more poignant was the visit to the German Cemetery nearby. Rather than the smooth white crosses, their crosses are of rough hewn black stone. The markers tell the story of many who were cut down in their teens. The thing that moved me the most, however, is the care that is given to the graves of those who were the enemy. Their sacrifice — willing or unwilling — is not forgotten. The flags of the Allied nations fly outside, and flying alongside them is the flag of Germany.

It's a lesson we could learn today: Love your enemies. We're all in this thing together; let's try to get along.
 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Straight from the source

Looks like some of us will be spending a little more time doing church at home.
 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Sketchbook: Final Jeopardy

It's a bit bittersweet to say goodbye to Alex Trebek. He was the face of Jeopardy! for many years — but his career was much more than that. My mom loved him as the host of High Rollers, and he hosted several other game shows.

It seems like he took the place of Walter Cronkite as the "most trusted man in America" (although he was born in Canada). If he had announced the results of the presidential election, there wouldn't be the controversy!

What will happen to Jeopardy! now? We shall see. Godspeed, Mr. Trebek!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

As the cookie crumbles

I went back on forth on whether this should be his or his companion's fortune. Or misfortune, as the case may be!
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Time to talk turkey

Happy U.S. Election Day! Let's all remember to be kind, no matter what —or when — the outcome!
 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Sketchbook: It's the final countdown


The election season is almost over! No more debates! No more attack ads! No more stacks of cards, fliers and brochures clogging up my mailbox! All that's left is the counting — and the inevitable complaining about the results (whatever they may be!).

I've already voted, have you!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

It's the missionaries, Charlie Brown!

One of my favorite things about the Great Pumpkin is that it was in part inspired by missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Charles Schulz's daughter Amy joined the Church and served as a missionary. He created several strips in which Linus' experiences going door to door parallel those of his daughter. 

And that's what the Great Pumpkin is all about, Charlie Brown!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Planning ahead for the holiday

It's an idea that has merit. It could work well — until someone brings you a mouse!

So, yes, the other girl is wearing her Ruth Bader Ginsburg costume (probably another big seller this year). And any resemblance that the cat bearer wears to our sweet little Sophie is purely coincidental.
 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Caption contest winner: Both sides now

At last! It's what you've been waiting for: the winner of our caption contest! 

The winning caption was submitted by the outstanding Kelly S. Our esteemed panel of judges selected her entry from among about two dozen other entries!

As the winner, Kelly will get a copy of That's No Moon — and the adulation of many!

There were a lot of great ideas. The judges laughed out loud at many of them. Thanks to all of you who entered!
 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Breakfast of champions

This is an update/variation on an old one I drew years ago. It never felt quite right — this one works much better in my opinion.

Now we can all sleep better.

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

It's no trick: it's a caption contest! What a treat!

I was upgrading this old sketchbook idea when my wife came in and said, "Oh! I like this! What's the caption?"

Before I could answer, she started throwing out ideas of her own — and some of them were pretty funny!

Then she said, "Why don't you make this a caption contest? If I came up with ideas that were funny, imagine what your readers could do!"

So, here's your chance! Send in your ideas for a caption! Email, comment, message, tell me in person. 

The winner not only gets his or her caption used and name in print, she or he could also win a copy of That's No Moon! my COVID-19 cartoon collection. Enter early, enter often! The winner will be announced on Saturday.
 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Sketchbook: Common ground

So this weekend we had a virtual stake conference. Our stake president gave a wonderful message about service, using an example from Disneyland. While he spoke, I had this image pop into my brain and into my sketchbook. 

So, technically, I should give our stake president co-authoring credit. But I don't think he wants it.
 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Dawn of the living undead

Haven't you felt that way after a day packed with Skype, Zoom and Teams meetings? 
 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Saving your sweet smile

Our state health authority says that trick or treating is highly discouraged this year. If you do go, use hand sanitizer — and please wear a mask!
 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Take out

Social distancing really bites. Unless you're a vampire — then it makes it so you can't bite!
 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020