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Artsy Fishing - Time shared with my Twin Brother Michael

I have a twin brother (5 siblings in total) and his name is Mike. He’s known by “Mike D” in fishing circles because he has a fishing show called Lunkerville. Yesterday 30 April 2019 a show aired on CBS Sports where he taught me how to fish. I hadn’t fished in 43 years and it was so much fun! :) Back in February, Micheal came to spend the weekend. We fished and chatted and enjoyed time as brother and sister.

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Life has changed a lot since we last fished together over 40 years ago. We have taken our lives in different directions but still have that “twin” thing going. Perhaps NOT as strong as being an identical twin but definitely a connection there through blood and exhibited through some of the same, little habits. It’s neat to see and discover. I am discovering more about my siblings and it feels like meeting perfect strangers sometimes. Since I went off to Army bootcamp a day after turning 18, I haven’t settled home too much and have been on the move with marriage and career. I’ve moved in parallel with my siblings. It’s been great beginning to get to know them. It may seem strange that we don’t know each other that well (as I see it anyway) but my life involved leaving home when I turned 18. I never really went back. Time passes very quickly.

While Mike was filming, he asked me what I do now, as a retired person. I’m an artist. Who knew? Who would have imagined it! The truth is, I had always hoped to take music somewhere. Years consumed with drumming, voice and guitar made music seem like the most natural progression of artistic expression in my life. Not so, MS decided to put a big ole halt on that! First it was spasms in my hands affecting Flamenco guitar lessons I was taking, then spasms in my legs effecting bass drum timing and finally a paralyzed right vocal chord affecting the voice I was trying to use. Even if I was a super stellar musician with no physical disability, I always demanded continual lessons of myself in the disciplines I wanted to pursue. Continual practice and play. Some of the best parts of my life up to this point involved being a musician in different groups and performing. If things had been 100% for me, I would be continuing to grow as a musician and performing somewhere. God had different plans and I found my new artistic self as a digital visual artist. The blend of artistry and technology. Perfectly me.

The episode featured two pieces of my art in a quick flash … and I threw the RedDotArtist URL in there sheepishly (I felt like I was cheating somehow. lol).

What a wonderful time! I so appreciate my Twin and getting to know him a little better.

“Beautifully Shattered”

“Beautifully Shattered”

“Majestic” Wall Display

“Majestic” Wall Display

Mike and Diana - Twins

Mike and Diana - Twins

Diana de Avila