They Love Me in Russia

Self Portrait with Poop Bag by Mernie Buchanan 2015

Every year or so I Google search myself to avoid doing something productive. I’m a painter and a writer so it’s no surprise to scroll past sites where I have posted my art or my book for sale, or people have written (mostly complementary) thoughts about my work.

But this morning… wow… I’m on websites in places I’ve never been. They love me in Greece! In Russia! They love me so much they are stealing entire listings right out of my Etsy shop and selling pirated prints. I found five. They even stole the listing for the above self portrait picking up dog poop, which is what hours of filling out copyright violation forms with both Etsy and Google feels like… and not chihuahua poop either. Lower down on one pirate site was ‘Other items you might like’. They thought I might like a large photograph of Vlad Putin. They were wrong.

For a palette cleanser I came back to Medium, read some good articles and, since this seems to be an ‘all about me’ day, checked my Medium home page. There was an ‘About’ button I have never noticed, meaning of course that page was blank. So I wrote a bio of nice things about myself that are all true, and left out a bunch of other stuff you don’t need to know. That’s what my memoir is for.

Love, hugs and enjoy what’s left of the weekend,




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Mernie Buchanan

Mernie Buchanan

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