If ever there was an award for speed blog posting, I think this post would definitely be a contender for first place. Suffice to say I’m excited about getting a new cartoon published. Unfortunately, reveling in the enjoyment of said accomplishment is going to have to take a back seat for now. The NYCB orchestra has just been summoned for emergency PCR Covid testing. Such is the world we’re living in. Sigh…

My new cartoon published…

Was in the Canadian publication, Asparagus Magazine. My copy arrived yesterday and I did a quick video flip through on my channel at Instagram. While I haven’t actually had a chance to read the issue, I can see that it’s really nicely put together. And my “Organic” cartoon definitely fits in perfectly with both the issue’s artistic and green theme:

New Cartoon Published - "Organic" by Joana Miranda for Asparagus Magazine

(By the way, if you enjoy my cartoons and would like to use one for your holiday newsletter or blog post, you can license my ‘toons from my portfolio on Cartoonstock.)

Squeezing in holiday enjoyment…

When you’re playing 45 Nutcrackers does take a little creativity. Not surprisingly, I really look forward to my after-show snacks and libations:

Photo cartoon illustration of roasted chestnuts and Port wine, by Joana Miranda

(Though keeping my eyes open for couch potato time can be a challenge.)

In truth…

I find it helps to focus on the little things that make me happy. Our two furry and cuddly Toybobs are top of that list. But so, too, is appreciating the memories that I associate with the season.

Here’s one of my favorite Christmas ornaments. It just so happens to be the first ornament my husband gave to me!

My favorite Christmas ornament - a photo and cartoon collage by Joana Miranda

And now I’m off to get my nose poked…bye!


  1. Helen Reich says:

    Goodness. I heard about Broadway shows being canceled, and thought, it’s probably not too long before almost everything else gets canceled, too. Back to isolating, then? That’s been my modus operandi. At least this time around, the danger zone should be faster to go away; at least, according to my calculations! Here’s hoping for negative tests, or asymptomatic infections.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,
      Keep your fingers crossed for me/us….(the world?) I, too, am hoping that Omicron will be a “flash in the pan.” (Is that the right metaphor?) I, and everyone else on the planet, am feeling weary of these momentous life disruptions. I long for the days when a cold will be just a cold!
      xox – Joana

  2. Mm says:

    What a lovely blog post! I will be so relieved when this Christmas and your nuts are over. 😁

    • Joana says:

      Though now you get to focus on having a Christmas with a new knee! (I know that was EXACTLY what you wanted Santa to bring…);-) Looking forward to seeing you in the new year! xox – J

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