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How was your Halloween?

Happy Holloweeen! Mario and I did our Halloween LIVE WEBCAST, then headed south to his friends Halloween Party! Pulled over at a fire station for a Tornado Watch SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY blaring on my cell. Currently we are sitting in our mini-van on offramp 8/290, 5 feet of water blocking our left turn. We have been sitting for 30 minutes watching Lassie! Woof woof!

Tribe, I need your help!

I need your help my fine FB tribe. Please read this unanswered letter I was compelled to send last week. I edited out the business name as it it not my intention to shame anyone, I just want to find a place that will CELEBRATE my 16-year olds special gifts.

Greetings,

As you know my special needs 16 year old son has deeply enjoyed helping you and your staff sweep and clean your wonderful (name of business edited out) after his (edit ) a few hours into a paid $30 3-hour (edit) package. You where even kind enough to let him come in free for an afternoon to (edit) and help your crew clean because he did such a wonderful job.

I brought him last afternoon around 3:30pm, purchased the 3-hours, confirmed that he would be able to sweep with the push broom for a little bit at the end of his session. When I picked him up he told me he wasn’t allowed to sweep. I was disappointed as this was the ENTIRE reason why I paid $30.

I figured it was just a staff misunderstanding, why would you not allow a very effective skilled special needs 16 year old boy not to sweep when you have on many other occasions? However I just paid another $30 to have your manager tell me that Mario was no longer going to be able to do any cleaning, because the staff does it.

Id like to request you and your husband reconsider your decision regarding my special needs son.

I will sign any waiver releasing you of any liability.

I will happily engage my 40,000 social media fans AND my contacts at all the local television and newspapers to share this story of your wonderful compassionate business that had so generously invited a very special needs 16-year old boy to join their team as an “Honorary Team Member”!

Better yet maybe you will consider hiring him for 4 hours a month? I’d be DELIGHTED to pay you back double what you pay him.

This would be an EXTRAORDINARY boost for his self esteem, his life experience, and his joy.

You personally KNOW how great he is and how hard he works all the times that you have allowed him to clean in the past.

This abrupt cutoff is heart breaking to both of us.

Thank you for your consideration!

Mark Kistler

Re-reading that as I prepare this post instantly raises my blood pressure, I’m so tired of people cutting off or limiting contact with us because we are different and therefore “uncomfortable”.

Here’s my hope: One of you in my FB tribe knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone who manages a church campus, a car sales business, a car wash, a hotel, a grocery store, a retail shop, a cool place in NW Houston with cool people who would LOVE to explore the POSSIBILITY of hiring Mario to join their cleaning crew for a few hours once or twice a month?

SPECIAL LOVE TO WOODLANDS VACUUMS OF AMERICA WHO HAS EMBRACED MARIO AS PART OF THEIR TEAM FOR YEARS!

Thanks for your support!

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Wahoooo! I finished Tim Becks Original Pencil Commission Of his studio “Freedom Ink Tattoos!”. Thanks Tim!

Order YOUR very own Original Pencil Commission at my website www.markkistler.com

Thank YOU!

It is almost time!

Almost there! Thank you Apple De La Fuente for inviting me back to Artist Alley! Hurry buy your tickets if there are any left! Be sure to visit me over the weekend!

Coming to an Office Depot near YOU!

Maybe I should order a deli sandwich for lunch?! This is the “romantic” part of extensive travel! After 40 years of travels I’ve developed a real talent for finding unique places to set up and work, Office Depots are always a GREAT place for a quiet desk. The trouble is trying to choose which one and which chair from the 12 on display! 😳

Hope to see you at ACE Comic Con this weekend at Chicago’s Navy Pier….or at an Office Depot near YOU!

Chicago!!!

I’m in Chicago! Wahooooo! ACE Comic Con starts tomorrow! I’ll be in Artist Alley autographing my art, and on SATURDAY 1:00-1:45 on the second stage presenting “You Can Draw In 30-Minutes!” Come Draw In 3-D with ME?! Thanks Alex Rae and Thor and the ACE team!

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East Coast FUN!!!

I tell people that 90% of my teaching career of presenting assemblies at 7,427 schools around the world is spent…..sitting under a basketball hoop! Today was no exception🤪

I so ENJOYED the students and staff at Merritt Memorial School in New Jersey! What a perfect way to finish off 10 days of events on the East Coast!

I started with 3 days with 500 of my tribe of fellow art teachers at the New Jersey Art Educators Conference! Then I drove to Bronxville New York to present my school programs to the artistic geniuses at St. Joseph School. The following day I drove through Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan at 6:00am (a traffic NIGHTMARE), to spend an hour trying to find parking ($70 for the day😳), to get in to New York Comic Con early enough to set up. Some cool fans told me not to be crazy stressed and to park across the river and ferry in, what a fantastic tip! Turned my commutes into little boat ride adventures with a relaxing cup of coffee, sitting with a few hundred Batman’s, wonderwoman, and other assorted cosplayers 🤪

Now I’m off to Newark airport where Robert Neustadt Lois Bernstein Neustadt are picking me up for my week long visit at their house while I participate at Chicago ACE Comic Con!

Maybe I’ll see you at the Comic Con on Navy Pier?