To me, Maurice Sendak exemplified that talented artist who chose to transform his difficulties into fun and wonder.

ALL of us have varying degrees of misfortune in our lives that could negatively alter who we become. The question is,

What do we do with the dark & uncomfortable moments in our lives that show us their terrible claws?

Many of us linger on these moments. Allowing them to create anger and bitterness, which undoubtedly trickle down to those around us. Mr. Sendak CHOSE to redirect his misfortune, so that it would serve as fuel to share his creativity with millions of readers, young and old.


Maurice Sendak would have been 84 years old today. He died last year, an hour from my home, but his fanciful characters and worlds will continue to live on. Thank you Google for honoring him in today’s Google Doodle.

illustrator: Andy Marlette


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