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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

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My Case for the Dragonfly

Over the coming few days I’m going to make a case for the dragonfly as a model for modern behavior. I am utterly taken with all the lessons the dragonfly holds for me and I hope you will find some […]

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Hammered Copper, Paul Revere and July 4

I marveled aloud as I worked on my party favor for our Independence Day gathering.  I am quite fond of learning details of the lives of our founders…and I pondered that I was using essentially the same tools and methods […]

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The LEARNING Part of the Curve

I’ve addressed the unseen nature of the “curve.”  Now I’ll share about the learning part.  What Jenn did with her content on polymer clay and what Carmen did by offering it in a beautiful book was to get me curious.  […]

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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 […]

Are You Lucky Enough To Have A Friend Like This?

You are one lucky soul if you have just one friend like this. A friend to whom you would answer, “YES,” without reservation, before you even know what the question is.   If you do indeed have such a friend […]

Summer Solstice

Calendar and our awareness of the clicks of the seconds on a timepiece are all structures which we have built.  They are agreements we have made with the larger “other” of our communities so that trains can pass and have […]

Yoga Incredulousity – A Modern Syndrome

I remember, a few sizes back, trying several different yoga instructors.  Each instructor gently guided me to the back corner of the room.  I never knew if that was to protect me in my earnest efforts from snickers or to […]

Storms In Arkanasa

I’ve checked in with my friends in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tales of “just missed” danger, lightning strikes and power failures have me exceptionally thankful for the blue skies outside my windown. My friends are safe. Many others are not. Harm […]

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The Creative Conspiracy on Whidbey Island, WA
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posted 3:38:54pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

Creative Retreat with Mary Anne Radmacher and friends
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posted 3:37:27pm May. 11, 2015 | read full post »

THE WHOLE-HEARTED LIFE by Susyn Reeve
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 »

WHEN DO YOU LEAVE?
from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE (2007 Conari Press, Mary Anne Radmacher, author)  “Know When To Leave” It was time for me to leave. What I was leaving was so delicious in its appearance. The opportunity to be a part-time hero is ...

posted 2:38:44pm Apr. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Editing: It's Not Just For Writing
"Editing. It's Not Just For Writing." I've spent much of my writing time since I was 28 trying to get rid of words. Editing down. Paring down. Getting to the core. I woke up this morning clear on the matter: that is what I am doing with the ...

posted 11:44:53am Mar. 24, 2015 | read full post »

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