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My coloring book. “Splash and Color,” was lifeless and without movement until my grandson breathed his child like wonder into it. I liken the experience to the one depicted in Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam.” God reached out to man and with His touch man became a living soul.

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My coloring book illustration of the Miami Beach Post Office. This building was constructed under the FDR’s WPA.

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Photograph of the Miami Beach Post Office.

Through my 5 year old grandson’s eyes and heart, I began to see beyond the buildings. I began to notice the life rhythms of the South Beach Historic Art Deco District and to see its soul. I watched the residents of today and wondered about the residents of the past.

Since then I have learned a little about the artists, architects and everyday people of the era. And so it was because of my grandson’s counsel, my coloring book became what it is. A coloring book with a soul.

I wrote this dedication poem to my grandson in my coloring book, “Splash and Color.”

Splash and Color

A splash of color
A dash of fun.
People and dogs on the run.
Bikes to ride
Scooters to thrill.
Pirates on land,
Pirates on wheels.
Skaters zooming by.
Parasails in the sky.
A beach to swim in
Or just to float.
And those funny buildings
That look like boats.


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