I graduated with a liberal arts degree in 1977. I worked nights & weekends in retail 4 solid years and emerged debt-free—possible back then. Useful contacts? No. Job I qualified for? Flower girl at the Tropicana Hotel. Worth it then? Yes & no. Worth it now? Liberal arts at a mid-ranked U? Not with any loan at any interest rate. If I was 18 today? I would take 2 years of cad drafting at a decent community college and get hired by a progressive architectural firm. No debt! Great contacts, opportunities, money to travel, study, create as a hobby & eat out once in a while. Liberal arts profs prepare you for a more advanced degree to land a professorship in the liberal arts. Look at the stats for openings in ThAT field.


Surefire guide to selling non fiction much better than I do

‘Chicken Little’s Issues’ 48x60” acrylic by Mernie + back stock

Slugs are winning the race against sales of my memoir. It’s engaging, well written and floats far out there in a vast ocean of reading material. Not unusual when you consider that 2.5 …


Thriving as a creative: Skill, passion & uncountable hours are not enough

‘A Wing and a Prayer’ from the Baroque co co series by Mernie 2000

I know how to freelance. My last regular paycheck was in 1982. I still miss those like I miss the palm trees of California. It’s a fruitless yearning that needs occasional snapping out of.

How? Maturity has rewritten…


I was triumphant. I broke even in three months… but not from book sales.

I have made my living as a freelance artist and designer since 1982 and still do. Two years ago I wanted to be a writer as well, so penned my memoir. The Incompetent Psychic turned out…


Finale of this illustrated companion to my memoir

Tulip Display 2013

Everything worthwhile is the connection each of us has with love. All the rest is matter that doesn’t matter so much, no matter how

Ah hem…

We interrupt this conclusion for a moment with a gentle reminder.

Yes, Mernie does have a committee of beings who help her out.

You do as well. You very possibly have an entire chorus of angels and sprites who act as your guides. Some are connected to infinite wisdom and power. Some are impish. Their practical jokes aren’t always funny, but they do serve to keep you humble. It’s okay to laugh at them, and certainly okay to ask questions. Making sincere requests for aid is possible anytime, anywhere. Mernie hollering up at the moon with her checkbook is not perhaps the best example to emulate. We hear her. Your guides hear you. We are all here to help each other.

Grab a crystal, stick a rock in your pocket or just find that calm space between noises and ask. We are always here.

We will help how we can, even though not all the lessons are gentle.

With Forever Love, All of us over here, and right next to you.

— The End

In the Beginning:

Every book starts with the title, and often that is all we…


Colorful companion to my memoir The Incompetent Psychic

‘You Are Here’ 2016: Topographic Map of Benicia CA, the Carquinez Strait and Bay Trail

I’ve come to believe that what makes great art timeless is a creator’s intention to convey the highest good. (I’m still practicing. Slowly. Over lifetimes.)

By now I had hit my vitriol limit. To make Winny and Gaby shut up and leave…


Colorful companion to my memoir The Incompetent Psychic

Hudson River Sky 2019

I had been beating my little boat upwind for some time now, slowly gaining distance from that frightening start-line on the day I stopped drinking long ago. I had rounded the far mark and eased the tension on all the sails. At…


Colorful companion to my memoir The Incompetent Psychic

‘Let’s Go for a Walk’ series: Morning Coffee with Molly 2015

Ongoing optimism and no credit card debt had finally made being alive a wonderful place to be. More people were able to buy art again. Fruitful commissions were coming in so regularly I could pick and choose. There was a core group…


Colorful companion to my memoir The Incompetent Psychic

Marilyn O’Rourke Gallery at the Benicia Public Library 2016

Colorful companion to my memoir The Incompetent Psychic

West K Shore by Nancy Freeman & First St, Thursday Evening by Mernie Buchanan 2015

Mernie Buchanan

Mernie paints and writes in Woodstock NY. A signed copy of her memoir The Incompetent Psychic available via www.mernie.com

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