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December 13, 2017

Another "Oldie" For You....

Here's an old cartoon to ring in the holiday season!  I have to disagree with the specks in this cartoon.  As the woman in the first scene said, "I love the holidays!"  I hope my readers do too -Tom :))

December 09, 2017


I get emails asking about my daughter, Armani, so I figured I'd post a picture of her.  Right now, she's downstairs watching a movie with her boyfriend.  Every few minutes, I've been taking a stroll downstairs to keep an eye on them. Lol!  I am driving them nuts!! What can I say; I'm a protective dad :))

December 07, 2017

A Few "Lisa" Sketches...

Here are a few "Lisa" sketches Terrice just texted me. For those who are new to this site, I wrote a children's book that revolves around the Dust Speck's cast. My artist (Terrice) started to draw some character sketches.  In the meantime, I am approaching agents to represent me and shop my manuscript around to publishers.  I also plan to print the book myself and go to local businesses who may want to sell them. Being in commercial real estate, I have connections in the retail world, so getting the book into stores shouldn't be a problem.  Anyway, which of the above versions of Lisa (who is the main character) do you like?  On the left side of this page, you can read what the story is about to get an understanding of her role.  As always, I would love to hear your thoughts :)) Thanks! -Tom

December 05, 2017


Poor Sandy. She never saw it coming!  By the way, Terrice is doing some sketches of the main character (Lisa) who will appear in the children's book we are working on.  I think I will post the sketches and let you decide which one is best. My readers rock!  Stay tuned :)) -Tom

December 03, 2017

A Post For Pam-Pam...

This post is for Pam-Pam and hopefully my readers will like to see it too. The above pic was taken when I played basketball in high school.  Great team with very good athletes.  I am posting this because I told Pam-Pam a story about me and my best friend Dave (the person kneeling in the front row on the right).  Can you guess who I am?  I'm number "30" in the back row to the left.  Without getting into details, if Pam-Pam happens to log on here, she'll know the significance of this :)) Talk to you soon! -Tommy

November 30, 2017

An "Oldie" For You....

Remember this one?  Sometimes I wonder where I get my ideas from!  Pam-Pam recently said she thinks I could be an alien.  Lol....Pam-Pam. She makes me laugh :))

November 28, 2017

A Pam-Pam Follow-Up....

After the "soup" post, I received emails asking why Pam-Pam means so much to me.  It really is hard to fully describe and, frankly, it's a bit personal too.  I don't always get the chance to express things to her due to circumstance, but I recently had the opportunity to tell her something I always wanted to; how my connection with her was instantaneous. It was a long story I told Pam-Pam that is between her and me (sorry, folks, I can't tell you everything). What I will say is the first time we met, it was like I knew her for years.  Who knows, maybe we hung out together in a past life (if you believe in that stuff).  Whatever the case, Pam-Pam is someone who "means the world to me." I have told her this many times. Those are not just empty words; it is truly how I feel about her.  Maybe I should change the name of this website to Dust Specks, Pam-Pam, &! That has a nice ring to it :))  Anyway, it is hard to pick the one quality I like most about her. She is funny, spontaneous, intelligent, caring, a good listener, and so much more.  She captured my heart in many ways and I feel blessed she came into my life :))  -Tommy

November 26, 2017

Pam-Pam Soup (actual photo of what I made)

The only thing missing at our Thanksgiving Day table was a Romanian dish I refer to as "Pam-Pam Soup" (it's true name is Ciorba).  I heard about this soup from a special girl who I call (you guessed it) Pam-Pam (I also call her Wacky Banana, amongst other things, but that's beside the point). Let me explain how much this girl means to me by saying this; I don't cook. Ask my daughter, Armani. Heck, ask anyone in my family. I just don't cook. Regardless, I spent four hours chopping onions (I actually put the first onion in a food processor and it turned to mush!), dicing carrots, slicing tomatoes, cutting potatoes, rolling meatballs, and combining a variety of other ingredients (including noodles) at just the right time to make one of the most delicious soups I ever tasted. Even though it took hours to prepare and I mushed an onion (by the way, I had to drive to the store to get another one), I enjoyed every moment of making the soup because I knew I was preparing it for Pam-Pam. She really is a special person who I keep close to my heart. Come to think of it, there were two things missing at our Thanksgiving Day table...the soup and  Pam-Pam herself :))  -Tommy

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

To those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful day! Armani snapped this picture as we just sat down for the first course (the antipasto!).  As much as Armani tried, she couldn't fit everyone in the shot (including my mom who was seated to the left). I'm on the right with the red shirt (you probably figured that!). We had many laughs and lots of good food. I hope you did too! -Tom

November 21, 2017

Here's An "Oldie" For You...

In the US, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, so when I saw this old cartoon that makes a "pie" reference, I decided to post it.  I love Thanksgiving!  I don't have work for the rest of the week and on Thanksgiving Day, I will be going to my cousin Gina's house to be with family :))  It's an awesome get together filled with laughs and lots of food (and yes, with an abundance of pies!!). I am really looking forward to the holiday. By the way, make sure you read my post on November 11th which describes the direction Dust Specks is going. Terrice and I are working on a children's book that revolves around the Dust Speck's cast.  Stay tuned for updates!  See ya'! -Tom

November 16, 2017

A Message To Pam-Pam...

This could be a pointless message because the person I want to read it may never come to this site.  With that said, if you do log on here (you Wacky Banana), Crazy Ninja would like to say two words to you: "Email Me!" That's right, I shouted!  Well, it wasn't really a shout, but I raised my voice slightly (I would never shout at you).  Where was I?  Oh yeah, you are so stubborn! I reached out to you a few week's back and you should do the same by reaching out to me! You can message me from this site on the left side of this page, or you can say "hi" via the email address I gave you a zillion times.  This will make a zillion and one: So why are you holding back? I really do miss you and I hope to hear from you soon.  -Tommy

November 13, 2017

Here It Is!

This is the winner of the cartoon drawing. Cindy from Riverside California wanted to see the Dust Specks characters on a firecracker. It  didn't take me long to come up with this one :))  Thanks, Cindy, for your awesome entry.  Boom! -Tom

November 11, 2017

Hi Everyone.....

The next cartoon should be finished shortly.  Once received from my colorizer, I will post it asap :))   The cartoon I will be posting is the winner of the drawing we held a few week's back. Cindy from Riverside, California was the lucky contestant :)) I can't wait to post the cartoon so she can see how her idea came out. On a side note, I am going to be working with my artist, Terrice, on illustrating the children's book I wrote called "A Message from Dust Speck's - You are Special." I describe the book on the left side of this page.  I believe if I print a bunch of the books, I can market and sell them.  As some of you know, I work for a commercial real estate firm and, therefore, have connections with retailers in the area who would let me put the book in their stores.  I also plan to approach agents for representation.  Who knows, maybe this will be the start of something big! While Terrice and I work on the book, we will be taking a break from preparing new cartoons. However, I will post an "oldie" now and then and will periodically show you how the book is progressing. In the meantime, thanks for all your kind (and many times funny) emails and for your support. Peace. -Tom