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#Inktober Favorites

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It turns out that no-shave November is preceded by #inktober, a month-long challenge to do an ink drawing every day. It’s intent is to motivate artists to draw on a regular basis and as a way to improve one’s technique. … Continue reading

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There is Inspiration Everywhere – An Autumn Walk

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A few weeks ago I found my way back to getting myself out the front door for at least semi-regular walks in the sunshine. A huge improvement over no walks at all! :) I’m torn about taking my phone along … Continue reading

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Two Steps Forward & One Step Back = A Giant Leap Forward

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We’ve all experienced times in our life when it feels like everything is going in the wrong direction and you can’t turn around without facing another obstacle that seems impossible to overcome. Then, when you least expect it all of the … Continue reading

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From “Doodles” to “Drawings” and more…

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More and more often I find myself doodling in my journals in addition to writing. My mind starts to wander and all of the sudden my pen lands on the page opposite of my words and a form that must have been hiding … Continue reading

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A Week with the “Big Kids”

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My oldest two kids are 1 year, 2 months, and 28 days apart in age and there is a five year difference between my youngest two. I think we started calling Jeff and Katie “the big kids” on the day Christian … Continue reading

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I Am Perfectly Imperfect

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A couple of summers ago, I received an email that may have changed my life. It was from an artist friend of mine and it started out like this, “Hi, Due to a surplus of various kinds of pulp, I … Continue reading

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I Speak for Myself

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It’s hard to believe that this art and journaling project is winding down and will be concluding within the next few weeks. Unless something gets in the way, I will end up writing the final entry on my birthday. It … Continue reading

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I am Strong, Powerful, and Wise

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Although my original plan was to post an affirmation or positive thought daily throughout my spring and summer project, I’ve ended up missing a few days here and there. As it turns out, that’s a good thing. It’s meant that … Continue reading

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Peace Surrounds Me

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July 11th was the second Friday of the month, which for the past four months in my world meant it was time to enjoy another drum circle. This one was extra special to me because my youngest son and his girlfriend … Continue reading

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I Choose to Excel

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One of the first personal essays I remember writing was about the definition of success. As many idealistic teenagers do, I challenged traditional ways success is measured and questioned whether or not money and material things equal happiness. I’m sure … Continue reading

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