Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

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LOOK What I Made! Ugly Lumps! Yay.

These are pictures of Carmen Torbus! She’s the author of the book I’m writing about this week. Carmen Torbus is a self-taught mixed media artist and workshop leader from Port St. Lucie, FL.  Self proclaimed bliss follower, big dreamer and […]


A Colorful Response to Physical Overwhelm

Borrowed from my friends at this is poster 27043 and it reads, it’s not a mess. it’s a physical manifestation of a wonderfully complex ability to assess & compartmentalize information.   I was visiting a store owner in St. […]


EARTH DAY – How Far We’ve Come

“REALLY?  One more thing to add to an already crammed day,” the busy mother asks as she reviews the suggested Earth Day events sent home with her daughter’s homework assignments. Go gentle into that busy day, dear souls!   Earth […]


Hugs. Kisses. And Dance Out Your Dreams Today

The Non-Caloric Kind Of Chocolate

Our lives are simply a succession of nows.   (taken from PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press) Cocoa calmly greeted me as I step out from the post office. Cocoa was an uber friendly chocolate Labrador Retriever. I was buzzingly busy with […]

The Irony of Imperfection

The irony of the artistic moment was not lost on me. I was laying out a design based on the word IMPERFECTION.  I ran out of space in the design field and had to wrap the last four letters in […]

Go Ahead – Submit Your Resignation. I Did.

Larry Eisenberg said, “For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.”   It was with irony that today I resigned from general manager of everything.   Everything.  I’m in charge of absolutely nothing: but, mostly, the weather […]

Close Your Eyes and Imagine

It is a big sky and all around the wind is blowing.There is not a cloud in the sky and all around the edge of this islandthe sea is lapping and pushing and crashing.I close my eyes.  The desk and […]

Just Say Thank You

The inside cover of my personal January Journal features a thank you card from my friend, Gina.  It’s there to remind me how important it is to articulate thanks.  Beginning with an internal attitude of thankfulness to verbalizing gratitude for […]

Sometimes Words Surprise Us

a gift of wishes for you…Thrive!

A Brand New Baby! um, BOOK!

LIVE-FC-final-#4.pdf People often ask me what it’s like to get the very first copy of a new book. I will first apologize to parents because I know the delivery of a book is nothing like the delivery of a baby.  […]

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Overwhelm kicks in when the "everything" is considered in the context of getting it all done. The penchant for expressing our worth  by how busy we are has woven itself into the fabric of our culture. Our worth as a human begins by virtue  ...

posted 12:34:45pm Jun. 15, 2015 | read full post »

I Saw My "Shadow" At The Store
I am often in a hurry.  I try to be mindful as I hurry, but still, it's a hurry-up-and-get-the-next-thing-done kind of hurry. And I have lots of "next things." When that hurry-ness combines with anxiety, or concern, or just plain 'ole  tired ...

posted 6:38:58pm Jun. 03, 2015 | read full post »

The Creative Conspiracy on Whidbey Island, WA

posted 3:38:54pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Creative Retreat with Mary Anne Radmacher and friends

posted 3:37:27pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Rarely do I share book reviews here, and yet this book prompted me to do so. If you are in need of a curriculum for a young person or a jumpstart at retirement, this book is that.  If you are looking for fresh ideas to lift your creative ...

posted 12:31:12pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »


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