Friday, December 25, 2020

Muley's 2020 Christmas Card

Having missed a few years' worth of holiday cards, I felt it was time to get a new one out, and since the Nativity and the Drummer Boy scene is one of my favorite scenes to play with:


Below, you can see the back of the card shared with folks, but further down are some more images showing the initial sketches, and more.
Of course looking 2000-ish years ago, there were certain instruments people played.  Let's look at the instruments that were played by the people, and who plays what on this card and why.

The Nativity scene has normally been Muley the Mule, Buford the Dog, and Roy Duck participating with the Little Drummer Boy, whose role has been played by Roy Duck.  Missy Muley has made her debut on this card, performing a frame-drum (not unlike a tambourine). 

Buford the Dog has shown up performing the reed-pipe, a woodwind instrument.  Buford is normally found on saxophone, so this works for him.

Muley the Mule is seen holding a lute, a stringed instrument - the instrument of choice by this mule.

The quietest of our team, Roy Duck, is drawn to drums, and so takes on the role as the Little Drummer Duck.  Also, drums speak for themselves.

The background is a photograph of a Nativity set, and the far background is a photograph found online of Jerusalem.

Finally, special thanks to DaMarco Randle, assistant to Roy Duck, for the great joke which we used in the publication.  As you'll see, the original idea was much different.

The original sketch was doodled on a napkin.  As you can see, it was only going to include Buford and Muley with the Little Drummer Boy.  But, that was soon to change.


As you can see here, the design was to include all the humans, but suddenly, it needed to be Muley and his friends, so the Little Drummer Boy was removed, and replaced by Roy Duck.


The image seemed dismayed until DaMarco suggested an alternate joke, which put me again on a search for the date we used: 4 BC.  While there are no specific documents about the actual birth of Jesus Christ, a majority of sources said September, some said 6 BC or even 7 BC; but, the majority settled on 4 BC, so I stuck with that - and chose to not include a date since it's now December.

So, there you have it, a story behind the story of the card.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

2020 Holiday Cheer from Muley the Mule and Friends!

 A quick message of holiday cheer for you and your family and friends!

(You may have to click play twice.)

Now, get ready for:

Muley Reads: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  You know, you don't have to be a stick in the mud around holidays.  Just pretend to be of good cheer so others can enjoy it and, who knows?  Maybe YOU'LL even learn to be joyful!


If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Muley Reads: The Polar Express

Join Muley as he reads The Polar Express, the story about a boy who goes on a special trip to the North Pole and has a special wish granted.  He loses his gift!  How does that make him feel?  Will he get it back?


Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!



Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Muley Reads: The Giving Tree

Sometimes, we just give and give, until there's nothing left to give.

Sometimes, all we have to give is love.

Sometimes, we can give little things like arts and crafts we made, give time to help someone, or give a caring ear or shoulder.

Join Muley the Mule for Muley Reads: The Giving Tree!  

If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!



Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Muley Reads: The Gingerbread Man

Sharing a Thanksgiving dinner with friends and families is always a great thing, especially with dessert!  Anyone like gingerbread?  We do.  And more than just sharing food it's fun to share stories.

Muley's pal, Binky Bunny, hopped in with a suggestion to read a favorite book - one of Muley's favorites, too: The Gingerbread Man!  Fun book from 1973, originally owned (with additional coloring and illustrations) by Kevin L. Williams.


Zachary Haumesser assisted Binky Bunny.

If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Muley Reads: Stella Brings the Family

Just as Muley and Friends celebrate the differences between themselves, we celebrate the differences between people and differences.

Stella Brings the Family is a fun book about Stella who chooses who to bring from her family for a Mother's Day Party at her school.

What is your family like?  What about your friends' family?  Are there pets in either family?

Muley has a fun way to describe families as he prepares to read: Stella Brings the Family!

If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Muley's Holiday Story Dilemma 2020

 The Mid-South Cartoonists Association has a publication, "The Good, The Bad, and The Sketchy," for which I've been in the company of many great artists from the group, and have had a chance to include Muley and Friends.

One thing I rarely share is me actually working on a project.  While working today, I was also watching a Blues Brothers concert on YouTube, so you'll hear that in the background.  Further down, I listed my process, because I love how things come to creation.

To get the story in its entirety, watch the MSCA website for more details:
www.midsouthcartoonists.org

You can also message me.


My process is to sit for days on end - sometimes weeks - trying to come up with the jokes and story.  Then, I quickly write the ideas down, transfer them to script form and do a fast gesture-thumb-nail of the page layout.

On larger paper, I do a sketch of how the text will lay out, along with the panels, and if I feel that it flows properly, I'll start the next process.

I take my 11x17" tracing paper and begin my layout in pencil, using a classic yellow #2 pencil.  This is how I keep from dulling my inks (which would happen if I penciled my Bristol board and inked over them and then erased the pencil).  

I put the penciled paper on the light table, and my Bristol board on top.  This allows me to ink my pages without erasing pencils later.  I use different pens and brushes to ink my art, using brushes for close-ups and different thickness of lines for distanced subjects.

I scan the art, and sometimes clean up the art and other times add text in my computer (because I'm a horrible letterer).

Then, off to publish.  I hope this was interesting and slightly informative. HA HA

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Muley Reads: The Chicken of the Family

How does Henrietta handle it when her teasing sisters convince her she's a chicken?  

Do you ever have people tease you?  How do you handle it?  Well, this book lets you see different ways that you can deal with it, including turning the joke around on the teasers!

Have fun as Muley Reads: The Chicken of the Family!





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Monday, October 19, 2020

Muley Reads: Where the Wild Things Are

Muley Reads: Where the Wild Things Are!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. In this iconic story, when young Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat. What makes Sendak's book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy, visits his wild side – but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper “still hot." Generations have shared this beautiful picture book, and children of all ages will want to return to it again and again.

Reading is Fundamental!  Books add the FUN, Muley adds DA MENTAL!!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Muley Reads: A Roar of a Snore

 If reading adds the FUN in FUNDAMENTAL; Muley adds "da mental" to it.  This is the story of Jack who can't sleep due to a loud snore.  Soon, he's on the case to solve the mystery from where it's coming! Is it a lion? A tiger? A bear?  Oh, my!!  You'll be surprised to see who - or WHAT?! - it is!!


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Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.



Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Muley Reads: Ron's Big Mission

Ron McNair saw the planes in the sky and wanted to learn more; but, first, he had a mission so he could access the books he needed.  This is that story as read by Muley the Mule! 


Learn more about Astronaut and Physicist Ron McNair by CLICKING HERE.

Buy the book by CLICKING HERE.

If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Pre Credit Music: Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Post Credit Music:
Music provided by Ross Bugden, CLICK HERE.



Francis R. Scobee, Commander Michael J. Smith, Pilot Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist Judith Resnik, Mission Specialist Gregory Jarvis, Payload Specialist Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist, Teacher


Muley Reads: A Video Anthology

MULEY READS!  Come read along with him.

In the works of Muley the Mule and Friends Comics and Stories and the alternate universe of puppetry, we always hope to inspire friendship, laughter, joy, creativity, and see others begin creating their own expressions of creation.

And what better way to open the doors to a creative mind than to open the covers of a book?  

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

To date, we have seen Muley read:


and many more books will be coming!

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!



Friday, September 18, 2020

Muley's September 2020 Kids' Message: Kids' Congo

 Join Muley the Mule each month on the second Sunday as he delivers his kids' messages to the congregation at www.firstcongo.com (scroll down for a link to the church services).


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Muley Reads: Snow White

 Muley the Mule reads "Snow White" as requested by his pal, Steve D'Monster.

"Muley Reads" is a program instituted to help kids gain interest in reading, helping build comprehension and imagination, supporting creativity.


Muley assisted by Kevin L. Williams www.muleythemule.com www.muleyshow.com Steve D'Monster performed by Joseph Scarbrough www.youtube.com/JosephScarbrough

If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Muley Reads: Alma and How She Got Her Name

 Alma has a name.  TOO MANY NAMES, according to her!  She soon learns more about what her name means.  What's your name, and what does it mean?


Want to see what your name means?  CLICK HERE

If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Muley Reads: The Three Bears

 I seem to recall a time when Goldilocks was the heroine of the story somehow; but, after hearing Muley's reading of the story, I think we all agreed to become #TeamThreeBears!


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Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

"Phone-y Money"


A few folks from school were going to see a movie at the discount theater, and invited Muley who rushed home and asked his human caretaker, Jonathan, "Can I go?"

Jonathan asked him, "Do you have any money?"

Muley, remembering he had some cash, ran into his room and looked in his "money spot," finding it empty and then remembering when he loaned it out, Muley goes to make a call and get his money paid back...


(You may have to click "play" twice to see the show.)

Please visit:
MuleyTheMule.com
MuleyShow.com
ToshigawaUniverse.com
patreon.com/MAWProductions

Missy Mule assisted by Janet Wade
Written, filmed, directed, and edited by the assistant to Muley the Mule, Kevin L. Williams

Music: Silly Chicken by David Fesliyan

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Superman Celebration 2020 - DIGITAL EDITION

Thanks to Covid-19, lots of great events are cancelled for this year.  One of the main ones for us is Superman Celebration.  We love love LOVE Metropolis, IL, and the Celebration, and seeing all the beautiful people who show up each year.  We love doing our shows and workshops.  We don't love the heat; but, will definitely suffer through it to be with our Super Friends!

This year, the event has been cancelled; but, some fans have pulled together a digital version which you can find if you CLICK HERE.

Where you can find us:

Saturday, 6/13, 1pm CT:
Join The Wades and MAW Productions on Zoom at 1:00pm as we take part in the virtual Superman Celebration. Janet Wade, Anakin and myself will be talking about our comic book carriers, Shinobi: Ninja Princess and creating as a family.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83340780012


Saturday, 6/13, 5pm CT:
Meet Muley the Mule and Kevin L. Williams in a discussion about the Muley characters, 40 years of Muley, and maybe something special will happen? Who knows. 5pm Central Time.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86222710062

Sunday, 6/14, 12pm CT:
Sunday 6/14/2020, join Muley the Mule at 12:00pm Central Time for the Kids’ Costume Contest
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86768636408


Friday, June 12, 2020

Kids Congo - COMMUNITY! - 6/14/2020

What does a gaggle of geese, a congress of baboons, herd of cattle, or flock of birds have in common with a group of people?  They're all a community.

Community is the coming together of people with common interests, common goals, and more.  And as a community, we should all be working harder together to help others less fortunate and remind one another who are doing well that there is plenty to be thankful for!

I hope you enjoy the following video about community!

(If you hit play and it doesn't start right away, hit it again.  If still no luck: punch your computer. Kidding.)

Friday, May 22, 2020

2020 Commencement Speech by Muley the Mule

While many will be graduating from home this year, Muley (who has ALWAYS wished to be present with a commencement speech at a graduation) took it upon himself - from home! - to create a speech for our 2020 graduates!

We're proud of you all, no matter the age or the grade, and look forward to your future successes.

And thanks to one of Muley's best pals, Anakin Wade, for loaning him the cap and sash for his outfit.


Friday, May 8, 2020

Lean on Me

In 1972, Bill Withers wrote a song that sums up how I feel about my friends, and so the same goes for Muley, obviously.  Please don't feel downtrodden!  You know we're here for you.  Ears to listen, shoulders and hugs.  Lean on me.

In John 16:33, we're told "in this world you'll have troubles, but fear not for I have overcome the world."  Bold words spoken before arrest for crucifixion, yet words of strength.  When you see one set of footprints in the sand, it's then that the Lord carries you.

We may not be able to carry you, but we're here for you.  Much love, friends.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Muley's Kids' Sermon: "There Will Be Trouble" 5/10/2020

In John 16:33, we're told "in this world you'll have troubles, but fear not for I have overcome the world."  Bold words spoken by Jesus just before arrest and crucifixion, yet words of strength.  When you see one set of footprints in the sand, it's then that the Lord carries you.


If you don't mind sharing a little love, you can send a donation by clicking here.

Likewise, First Congo is sharing meals and food with many, many needy people and need your help.  Please CLICK HERE.

Here are the kids' bulletins from Children's Church (Thanks, Steve!)








Saturday, May 2, 2020

Muley's Kids Message - "The Word is LIT, Yo!" 5/3/2020

Anybody afraid of the dark?  No?  Good.  Here's Muley the Mule talking about lighting the way, and you can always find your way at First Congo.


If you don't mind sharing a little love, you can send a donation by clicking here.

Likewise, First Congo is sharing meals and food with many, many needy people and need your help.  Please CLICK HERE.




Friday, May 1, 2020

Social Distancing

I haven't done much in the way of Covid-19 other than a safety video for kids.  But, when an idea strikes, you just gotta do it.  One of the reasons I don't typically like to do "topical" themes is because it puts a 'time' on the story - making it timeless.*

Stuck inside the house with no more school going on, no trips to the play ground, or going anywhere, Muley, Buford, Roy Duck, and Missy are frustrated and bored.  Here's one instance of what happened recently...

*When I was a kid, I saw a documentary about the Wizard of Oz movie from 1939.  One of the people talking were discussing the Jitterbug scene, where the Wicked Witch of the West had 'sent a little bug on ahead' of the flying monkeys to 'take the fight out of' Dorothy and her friends.  Even though it wasn't the same dance as the Jitterbug, and the bug was named after the dance because it gave a dancing fever to whomever it bit, the scene was removed because they felt it would become confused with a popular dance of the time and thus TIME the movie.  Removing it made it TIMELESS.

Since then, I've chosen to not do topical themes very often (as you'll also notice 'antique' telephones in the strips).

In this particular strip, by the way, the background is my uncleaned living room, haha.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Puppet Wikia

We just learned that there's an entry for Muley at Puppet Wikia.  CLICK HERE To visit!

We did some updating just today!

Muley's "Power of Positive Thinking" - Sunday School 4/26/2020

Considering the need to think positive, Muley chose to use Colossians 3:1-4 to open a discussion about positive thinking.  Part of the story was cut for time; but, it has been shared below.


If you don't mind sharing a little love, you can send a donation by clicking here.

Likewise, First Congo is sharing meals and food with many, many needy people and need your help.  Please CLICK HERE.

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The script that was removed, supposed to come right after the 'psychologist' gag:


Before we get into different ways of thinking, one thing that I know a lot of people deal with is depression.  What that means, see, is that sometimes people feel really sad, and not just for a little while; but, they feel sad all the time, every day.  Some folks tell them “snap out of it,” or “it will get better,” or other things that don’t really help.  When you know someone with depression, listen to what they have to say about it, and always let them know that they are important to you and that you love them.  But, when it’s us kids who are depressed – and childhood depression is real – we need to feel comfortable enough to talk about it with our grownups who we hope will listen and understand what we’re going through.  Quality time with people who are depressed is important, it’s showing support while not being pushy.  Exercise, healthy meals, regular sleep habits, and finding a way to connect with others are helpful ways to get our body to help us through depression.  And for the record, when I say “Muley loves you,” I mean it.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Muley Reads: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Reading puts the FUN in FUNdamental.
Muley the Mule puts da mental in there.

This book was suggested by Muley's good pal, Sebastian the Frog, with whom Muley is always "hoppy" to talk!

Here's how you can get a copy of the book by Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig.



Music: Silly Chicken by David Fesliyan

Monday, April 20, 2020

Muley and Renee talk about Covid Safety

Talking with children about the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) virus is hard to do.  Hoping to help make it quick and easy, Muley and his friend, Renee, have made a video discussing safety during this pandemic.

Have you learned of good, helpful ways to discuss with your family?  Feel free to leave us a comment below.

www.muleyshow.com
www.kevinlwilliams.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Muley's Kids Message - 4/18/2020 "Earth Day 2020"

Celebrating the earth on April 22, 2020, inspired Muley to talk to the kids about the history of Earth Day and things we can do to help protect it.


You may have to click PLAY TWICE.

MUSIC CREDIT:
Eye Laugh by David Renda - www.fesliyanstudios.com

If you don't mind sharing a little love, you can send a donation by clicking here.

Likewise, First Congo is sharing meals and food with many, many needy people and need your help.  Please CLICK HERE.


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Muley's Kids Sermon "Easter" - 4/12/2020

This is a video version of the kids' sermon that Muley delivered live during the virtual church services of First Congo!  Check it out!  The full church service follows Muley's message.




MUSIC CREDIT:
Eye Laugh by David Renda - www.fesliyanstudios.com

If you don't mind sharing a little love, you can send a donation by clicking here.

Likewise, First Congo is sharing meals and food with many, many needy people and need your help.  Please CLICK HERE.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Muley's Kids Message "Easter Symbols: What's it Mean?" - 4/12/2020

Typically, the kids go to Kids' Congo before the regular services, and since we're unable to do that presently we're doing these little messages.  In celebration of Easter with First Congo, Muley is looking at the symbols we see around us during the holiday.  What do they mean?  Why do we use them?  Watch below to see what Muley found out:




MUSIC CREDIT:
Eye Laugh by David_Renda - www.fesliyanstudios.com

If you don't mind sharing a little love, you can send a donation by clicking here.

Likewise, First Congo is sharing meals and food with many, many needy people and need your help.  Please CLICK HERE.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Muley Reads: Litterbugs Come In Every Size

For Earth Day, we chose to read one of our very favorite books: Litterbugs Come in Every Size!  Are YOU a litterbug?  Or, do you take care of the planet?

Lots of people don't even think about it, but when I have trash - big or small - I hold on to it until I get to a trashcan.  I've seen people riding down the road throwing out all sorts of things from their windows, including a box of bones (YUCK!).  You know, you'll be home soon with a trashcan to put that in.

I also pick up trash from the street, sidewalk, ground.  It makes everything nice, clean, and comfortable.  Be sure to do your part also!


If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Muley the Mule assisted by Kevin L. Williams
Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!



Saturday, April 4, 2020

Muley's Kids Message "Palm Sunday - What's That About?" 4 5 2020

First Congo celebrates Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday.  But, what's that about?  That's what Muley's here to talk about today.  So, grab your palm branches and start waving them around and watch the video below!


You MIGHT have to click PLAY twice...

If you don't mind $HARING $OME LOVE, please DONATE HERE.

MUSIC CREDIT:
Eye Laugh by David Fesliyan - www.fesliyanstudios.com

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Muley's Kids Message "Ask, Search, Knock" - 3/29/2020

Because we usually do a little something for the kids at church, we want to bring a new little something with a positive message and hope.  You can currently watch First Congo online by visiting www.firstcongo.com



MUSIC CREDIT:
Eye Laugh by David_Renda - www.fesliyanstudios.com

If you don't mind sharing a little love, you can send a donation by clicking here.

Likewise, First Congo is sharing meals and food with many, many needy people and need your help.  Please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Muley's Kids Message "Support" - 3/22/2020

We typically do a message for the kids and their grown-ups about once a month.  Today, we add a new one since so many are going to be stuck in their houses.  Also, you can normally catch a service at First Congo at 10:30 am on a Sunday Morning.  This Sunday, March 22, 2020, they will be streaming live at www.firstcongo.com  Be sure to check it out, especially if you thought about going but weren't sure if you wanted to go in person.  Lots of nice people there.


"Support is made up of 2 syllables, and for only two syllables SUPPORT carries a LOT of weight!"

Who do you surround yourself with?  Those who bring you joy and build you up; or, those who suck the energy right out of you?  If someone isn't good for you, you know it - and it is perfectly okay to walk away from those individuals.

Take care of yourself first, because you can't help others until you help yourself.

In crazy times, look to those who support you and be sure you give them support.

Speaking of SUPPORT:
If you don't mind $HARING $OME LOVE, please DONATE HERE.

MUSIC CREDIT:
Eye Laugh by David_Renda - www.fesliyanstudios.com

World Puppetry Day March 21, 2020

For world puppetry day, Muley plays with my very first puppet that I ever made, Chester, who was part of the original comics and puppetry cast of characters.  I couldn't ever make a proper personality for the character, so I retired him.



(Secret inside note: Chester is the name of the man that one of my friends' mom cheated on her husband with, and I happened to just like the name which upset my friend who was afraid her father, a drunk, would find out the connection; but, I kept the name.)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Muley's Kids Message "Plenty" - 3/15/2020

First Congo was closed today (and next Sunday, 3/21) due to the corona-virus, or better known as COVID-19.  Since there was no church to be had, Muley DID share a quick message for the kids today.  Why?  Just because.  And, there's a little something in there for adults, too.


Looking forward to when we can be together again!


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Muley Messages Schedule Spring 2020

Please note:  Due to COVID-19 (Corona virus), the church schedule is all mixed up.  You can watch video presentations at www.firstcongo.com

Want to know when Muley is speaking at First Congo, 1000 S Cooper Street, Memphis, TN?  Services start at 10:30 AM.   Here you go:

April 12
May 10
June 14

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Lenten Season "Kids Congo" Ads for 3/1 - 4/12 2020

Steve Garcia, leader of the children's ministries at First Congo, and Muley the Mule visited to advertise the Lenten Season events for the kids.

In the following weeks, we'll share the videos shown during the morning classes.

Here are the ads that have run in the past few weeks.  If you'd like to join the classes over the next few Sundays, they start at 9:30 am at 1000 S Cooper Street, Memphis, TN.

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We need to get a camera with monitors so we can see what we're doing with the puppets!  What do you suggest for a camera and monitors?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

"It Is What It Is" - or, is it? (Muley Message 2 9 2020)

One of the things I hate more than anything is the saying, "It is what it is."  Having heard it so long and so much, I wanted to let Muley have a discussion about it as one of his messages.

Sometimes, you don't have an option but to deal with what's in front of you.  And sometimes, there's things you can do to change it.  Sometimes, it requires help from people around you or even closest to you.  And sometimes you have to have your mind changed, while other times you have to change the mind of others.  Sometimes, you may not even see 'what it is' that needs to be changed in your life, while others around you can't see what 'it is.'

Listen to yourself, listen to the voice in your heart, and listen to those around you.
Sometimes, you don't have an option but to deal with what's in front you, and sometimes you have to be forced to deal with it.

Your highway isn't always the best way, even though it may seem like the only way. 
Go off-road and on the unbeaten path.
Make it work for you.

I believe in you.  ~Kevin




Muley Sermon 2 9 2020         Psalm 103.1 – 17a

Today, kids, I’m going to talk to you and your grown ups – which isn’t really different than normal; but, I hope you all sit and talk together about what happens in church, what it all means to each of you, and how you can use what we hear in our lives.  So, I’m going to begin by asking:

How are you?  How are you today?  How are you doing?  Aren’t those the laziest questions you ever heard?  First, who is going to answer honestly; second, do you really care or is it polite conversation filler, and, third, who will take out time to hear the story?  Not me; I love you, but I’m on my way to the Corner CafĂ© to get cookies!  After all, “it is what it is,” right?  (shake head no)

See, right now Pastor Cheryl’s sermons are a series of positive ways of slowing down and thinking, and I want to talk about that, too.  But, you can’t talk about positivity without talking about, what?  (pause) That’s right: Squirrels.

You see, sometimes, people talk about other peoples' problems but say ‘squirrels’ instead of saying names or something like that.  So, the squirrels I hear from are people who have problems with family members; problems with sickness; problems with addictions; problems with money; problems with work.  And when I hear them talk about their problems, they all say the same five words.
(flip sign reading: GIVE ME ALL YOUR COOKIES!)
Wait, that’s the wrong sign.  I mean, I’ll TAKE them if you give them to me, but the 5 words I’m talking about today is:
(flip sign reading: IT IS WHAT IT IS.)
It is what it is.  Because that means you’re accepting things as they are, those 5 words make up the most defeated sentence in the human world; right after, “You sank my battleship.”

It is what it is.  What is “IT” exactly?  And why does it have to be what it ‘is?’  Is ‘it’ really that powerful to control our ‘is?’  Do we have to accept the ‘it’ or the ‘is?’  Can we change our ‘it’ so it isn’t just an ‘is’ but instead a more powerful ‘it’ that is on our side?  I don’t even know what I just said!

First of all, if you’re looking to a talking mule for answers, your ‘it’ and ‘is’ are worse off than you ever thought!  Second, I’m glad to help when I’m able.  Third, the last line of our reading today is, “The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.”  That means FOREVER and even longer.  What do you love?  Your dog?  Your games?  Your cookies?  Your car?  What about the most important thing: You?  Do you love YOU?  If you don’t love you, you need to learn to, because you’re beautiful and perfect, worthy of love from others and yourself, even though you’re a mess – but, aren’t we all?  If God loves you so much, what’s not to love about yourself?

We are the writers of our own stories.  You can start it off ‘once upon a time’ or ‘a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,’ or, if you’re telling stories about big fish, ‘they call me Ishmael’!  The easy answer is to say ‘it is what it is,’ but the better answer is to say, ‘it is this, but it’s going to be this.’  Write your goals down on paper, make your goal YOUR happiness, and mark it off every time you meet one of your goals.  Life is NEVER that easy; but sometimes the best beginning is a simple start, and it’s time we started making changes for our better.

Then, hopefully, you can start answering, “It is what it wasn’t,” because you made life what ‘it is’, and learned to love you, because God loves you, Jesus loves you, and your pal Muley loves you, and I’ll see you real soon!