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Bad Time to Be AFK!

My kids love playing online games like Roblox and AmongUs with their buddies.  Since the pandemic has started, online gaming has been the biggest key to socializing with their friends.  They’d stay on screen 24 hours if they could, but they need to eat, do their schoolwork, and exercise.  When I call them, they often complain “Mom, bad time to be AFK!”  I asked what does AFK stand for?  They told me ” Away from keyboard…DUH!”  They are teaching me the vocabulary of the new generation, and now I feel kind of…hip! After all,  I have to be a hip mom whom they can talk to.  So I made a t-shirt, to prove I can speak their language.

Bad time to be AFK
Bad time to be AFK, kids T shirt

Jigoku, Hell Calligraphy

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. ” –  Bruce Lee

Honnouji Calligraphy

Honno-ji
Honno-ji T shirt

Honnouji is a well-known scene in Japanese history as the site of Daimyo Oda Nobunaga’s final battle. His trusted general, Akechi Mitsuhide launched a rebellion at the temple in 1582, and destroyed Nobunaga’s life and rule.  Nobunaga was the most powerful daimyo in late 16th century, and attempted to unify Japan during the Sengoku Period.

“Without destruction, there is no creation, there is no change” – Daimyo Oda Nobunaga

SNOW IN SUGARHILL

Snow in April in Sugarhill Harlem, NYC

“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood. ” – Andy Goldsworthy

Tomoe Gozen (Female Samurai) Calligraphy

Tomoe Gozen

“Tomoe was especially beautiful, with beautiful skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swords woman,  a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot, and handled unbroken horses with superb skill; rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword and a mighty bow.  She performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors.” – The Tale of The Heike

Panda Calligraphy

 

“Books can break a man open, even ones about a panda, maybe especially so.”  – Gregory Sherl

 

Shogun Calligraphy

Shogun Calligraphy

“The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience. Patience means restraining one’s inclinations. There are seven emotions: joy, anger, anxiety, adoration, grief, fear, and hate, and if a man does not give way to these he can be called patient. I am not as strong as I might be, but I have long known and practiced patience. And if my descendants wish to be as I am, they must study patience.” – Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu

Love (Ai) Calligraphy

Love (Ai)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” –  Albert Einstein

Cat Calligraphy

I love cats

 

cat family t shirts
family matching cat shirts.

Cat calligraphy

“Confidence, as a teenager? Because I knew what I loved. I loved to read; I loved to listen to music; and I loved cats. Those three things. So, even though I was an only kid, I could be happy because I knew what I loved.” –  Haruki Murakami