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August 12, 2023

A Message To My Readers...

Yes, I'm alive 😁 My friend Dave and I saw Foreigner last week in Massachusetts. Pretty cool when they played Jukebox Hero as seen in the above video Dave took (best viewed on "full screen"). As always, feel free to scroll through this site for a possible laugh or two. You can also message me under my pic on the left, send an email to, or text me @ +1 203 952-5977 πŸ‘‹ -Tommy G.   

April 04, 2023

Go Huskies!!

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies for winning the National ChampionshipπŸ€!!  Awesome ending to a great season! You made Connecticut proud πŸ‘ -Tom

January 01, 2023

Happy New Year!

It's been a while since Armani and I rang in the New Year together. The drinks in our hands (Alabama Slammers) are the same as what we had in Vegas on her 21st birthday trip (see below).  Sorry the pic is grainy, but we were about to watch movies and it was dark in the room. Anyway, we had a fun time and I hope you did too! Happy New Year πŸ₯‚

July 22, 2022

Viva Las Vegas!

As mentioned in my previous post, Armani and I planned a trip to Vegas for her 21st birthday. We just got back and had a blast! We stayed at Paris Las Vegas, went to the show "O" and eat at Gordan Ramsay Steak (delicious!). We also did some gambling and had a few drinks (hey, why not? Armani is legal now!). Great times πŸ’“ 

July 04, 2022

Happy 4th of July!

To everyone in the US, Happy 4th! The above is a pic of Armani going to a party to enjoy the holiday. Speaking of Armani, we are flying to Vegas soon for her 21st B-day! So psyched πŸ˜ƒ

June 07, 2022

Bunny's So Humble...

I really like working with Terrice.  For example, the above cartoon - I asked him to draw Bunny changing hair styles and, in the final panel, make her look as she did in Scene #1. I also wrote the punchline. Terrice took it from there and did great! I especially like the way he angled the panels. Also, when I was posting Dust Specks on the "Comics Sherpa" site, this cartoon received Editor's Pick πŸ‘

July 19, 2021

I Visited Armani!!

I flew down to North Carolina last week where Armani is going to college. On the 14th, she turned 20!! The above pic was taken at the restaurant we went to on her birthday. I stayed in NC for three nights which gave us lots of time together. As old as she gets, some things never change. She kept dragging me into stores to shop!! Lol!  It was awesome seeing her πŸ’“

May 20, 2020

Here It Is!

I just got the above tattoo on my chest (if you look close, you can see it's still swollen...ouch!). For an explanation of its significance, read my last post. -Tom

May 15, 2020

A Message To My Readers...(Updated 6/17/20...See Below)

Although I am taking a break from cartooning, I still add content to my site. I even post commentary when I have something to now. Next week, I am getting a tattoo on my chest (by my heart). What's cool is my daughter, Armani, is getting the same tattoo on her arm! Armani came into my life when she was two and years later, I adopted her. We have always had a special bond. On the adoption day, I gave her an infinity ring. With this in mind, we are getting infinity tattoos, with the adoption date in them, as an expression of the bond we share. Armani doesn't live in my area, so we are going to FaceTime while the tattoo is being designed. Once we agree upon the artwork, I'm getting it inked! Next time Armani comes to visit, she is going to get it inked as well. We're stoked! 6/17/20 Update! Armani visited and got her tattoo today 😊

May 12, 2020

Always Remember!

Attitude is everything! No matter what life throws at you, try to maintain a healthy mindset. Just a quick message before I leave for work. Have an awesome (and positive) day! -Tom

May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope you have the best Mother's Day ever, mom! You've done so much for me! I am fortunate to be your son πŸ’“ -Tom

April 12, 2020

A Message To My Readers....Happy Easter!

I hope everyone who celebrates Easter has an enjoyable day. It's a little different this year for me (and I am sure for you too) with the virus hanging over our heads, but I'm making the best of it.  I stopped by my mom's house, gave her some flowers, talked to her and my brother outside, was given some Easter food to take home (yum!), and left after a relatively short stay. On my way back to my house, I visited my dad's grave to reflect for a bit. This is the first Easter after his passing, so it feels strange not only because of the virus, but because he isn't around. Finally, Armani and I exchanged texts and we will FaceTime later like we always do. All and all a good day and I hope yours is going well too. -Tom

March 20, 2020

Ugh! Barney!

Barney was the most annoying children's cartoons ever. He drove parents nuts. Kids had to repeatedly watch him and his voice! Ugh!! It appears he had some vices too 😲

February 18, 2020

I'm Going To Costa Rica! (Updated 3/12/20...See Below)

I mentioned in an earlier post that the owner of the firm where I work bought a condo in Costa Rica and said I can vacation there. Well, the time has come! In March, I'm going with him and a mutual friend for some fun in the sun 🌞 Looks like a beautiful destination with lots to do. Maybe the trip will inspire me to write more cartoons. I will let you know all about it. 3/12/20 Update!  Trip Cancelled 😞 Will go once Covid settles down. 

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Either Dusty is in denial or he's one dumb speck! I hope your Valentine's Day is going smoother than his.  Although, maybe he is better off. If Bunny isn't going to reciprocate, Dusty needs to face reality and move on. I know, that's easier said than done. Love sometimes finds a way. -Tom

January 23, 2020

Another Old Cartoon...

I've been reading about Aerosmith's drummer and a lawsuit he filed against his band members. The band doesn't want him performing with them at the Grammy's because they feel he has limitations due to an injury he sustained. I thought of re-posting the above cartoon while reading about this ongoing saga. Dream On...great tune. Here's a link to the song with lyrics:

January 13, 2020

January 04, 2020

Armani's Tattoo....

As a follow-up to my post on December 26th, I uploaded a pic of Armani's tattoo above the photo of Dakota on the left side. Scroll down and check it out! -Tom

January 01, 2020

Happy 2020!

A new decade has begun! Let's make it the best ever  πŸ‘Œ My cartooning remains on hold, but I will continue to update this site when the mood hits. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to me with your thoughts! -Tom

December 26, 2019

Armani's First Tattoo!

One of the Christmas gifts I gave Armani was her first tattoo. I am sharing this with you because she got a tribute to Dakota; her dog who passed and who is mentioned on this site. The tattoo came out awesome and I'm happy I was there when she got it done 😊 Merry Christmas, Armani πŸŽ„πŸ’“-Papa 

December 22, 2019

To My Readers....

May your holidays be filled with family, friends, good food, and lots of laughter! Enjoy πŸŽ…πŸ€ΆπŸŽ„ -Tom

December 02, 2019

Ready For The Holidays?!

I took this pic today of the lobby where I work. The holiday season is officially upon us! I hope you are looking forward to this year's festivities as I am. Enjoy πŸ‘-Tom

October 20, 2019


I had to post this old cartoon today. Last night, I fell asleep watching the Yankees lose the ALCS (boooo!). I awoke around 3:00am and set my alarm for 6:00am (the time I get up for work). My alarm went off and I did my usual workday routine (shaved, showered, brushed my teeth, went to the beach for breakfast, etc). As I began driving to my office, I noticed there were hardly any cars on the road.  I also didn't see kids at the bus stops waiting to get picked-up for school. I thought to myself, "is today a holiday?" I then checked my cellphone calendar. DOH! It's Sunday! At least I have a story to tell πŸ˜ƒ

September 09, 2019

I'm Back To Say "Hi"...

I hope all is well!  That's me in the car I rented in North Carolina when I visited Armani in July. Cool car and super FAST! There were drawbacks cruising with the top down though. For one, Armani and her boyfriend's bushy hair blew all over the place as we drove (it was I, however, buzz my hair short, so I didn't have that problem. Instead, I got sunburn....ouch! 

June 24, 2019

Unconditional Love πŸ’“

Unconditional love is the best. Accepting someone for who they are and loving them no matter what is priceless.

June 20, 2019


You did good, Bitsy. Sometimes it's best to just walk away.....

June 17, 2019

In Color!

This is the final version of the black & white cartoon posted on June 7th. Even with the color dropped-in, the dude in the first scene is still pathetic.

June 12, 2019

The Seagulls Are Gone....Except One!

I would like to share this with you. I go to the local beach each morning and, starting last winter, began feeding the seagulls that frequent the area. In the winter, a large flock would fly off the water when they saw my car pull-up to get their meal. Now that summer is here and food is plentiful, the flock is gone, except for one bird with distinctive markings who I call "Peg."  The reason I call the bird Peg is because when she was a part of the flock that disappeared, she had a fishing line wrapped around both legs. In fact, the line was wrapped tightly around one of her feet as well, causing her to limp (like she had a peg leg). I tried coaxing Peg with food to get close to me so I could free her from her binds, but she would have none of it.  Over the months, I would continually see Peg and, luckily, the fishing line eventually was gone. This made me relieved, but the foot that was wrapped tightly was obviously damaged. Fast forward to the present. Out of all the birds in the flock I was feeding, it's so cool the only one that still waits for me is the one I tried to rescue.  I am happy to report that Peg's foot has completely healed and she is doing fine! I hope the food I have been feeding her helped in her recovery.

June 07, 2019


Here's a black & white before it is colored. Should have the final version posted soon. Dusty is definitely wrong on this one. Some people simply have no self-control! 

June 04, 2019


I know some people who can't pass up a sale either, even when they have little or no use for what is being bought! I guess whatever makes you happy. -Tom

May 30, 2019

I'm Going To Visit Armani! (Updated 7/15/19...See Below)

I booked a flight in July to visit Armani in North Carolina 😊 Armani's eighteenth birthday is on July 14th and I want to celebrate it with her. I reserved a Ford Mustang that will be waiting for me at the airport. I once owned a Mustang and Armani loved it, so she is psyched. Dan, the owner of the firm where I work, is in Costa Rica closing on a vacation home, so he is unaware I will be taking a few days off. He won't mind though. I've known Dan a long time and even owned a business with him. He lets me come and go as I please. I can't wait to see her! 7/15/19 Update: We had an awesome three days together πŸ˜€ Time went by so fast. Love you, Armani. Always have, always will πŸ’“-Papa

May 26, 2019

RIP, Dad.....

At age 87, my dad peacefully passed away yesterday. Born Salvatore Giuseppe Giordanella, he leaves behind a family who thought the world of him. He was a wonderful father and person in every way. He was giving, loyal, understanding, compassionate, a great provider, and so much more. My family and I were fortunate to have such a special person in our lives and the opportunity to spend time with him over the last week when many beautiful emotions were expressed. He will be missed by all. Love you, dad πŸ’“-Tom

May 23, 2019

Be Safe!

The Dust Speck's cast is right; don't drink and drive!  

May 17, 2019

About Dakota...

This is a young Dakota at a local dog park. He was my daughter's birthday present when she turned five. What a great dog. If you get a chance, look up Great Pyrenees. They were bred to guard livestock from predators so, they like to help others 😊 As Dakota got older, his hips gave him problems and he was put to rest. That was a tough day for us all. Even though it was painful in the end, the awesome years with Dakota made it worthwhile πŸ’“

May 14, 2019

In Color!

Talking bad about Rock when he's in back of you? Not good.  

May 06, 2019

How Dusty Got Grey...

The Dirt characters thought Dusty looked too much like them, so they sprayed him grey. In the end, everyone was happy πŸ‘