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    Life,  Truth

    When Death Comes Calling

    You think you’ll know how you’ll feel when a parent dies. You can assume or make guesses based on your relationship. But really, that’s you convincing yourself you’ve got it under control. Turns out, that headspace control? It’s a farce… a lie you’re telling yourself to get through your days. Truth is, you have no…

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    Learning,  Lists,  Reviews

    In my Ears: My Favorite Podcasts of 2020 ~ Small Biz Ownership, Money, and Living Life on Your Terms

    I was recently asked if I’d share my favorite podcasts.. Absolutely! As a self-described ‘visual/kinesthetic learner,’ I was shocked to discover how much I enjoy listening to podcasts (in very specific conditions, as you’ll read below)…. 😉 Most are business related – marketing, social media, writing, art, tech how-to ~ then I listen to a…

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    Humor,  Learning,  Process,  Videos

    Video Skills for the Win: Yes, You Really Can!

    22 Takes Later…. So, I’m learning the ins and outs of recording video…. video blogging? vlogging? Whatever you call it, seems I’ll need a bit more practice….. LOL You wouldn’t guess from this video, but I did an (unplanned) Fonzie impression, recorded the ceiling, and realized my sweater and coffee cup clashed before [finally] getting…

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    Authentic? Definitely.

    I found this quote among my snippets of words and colors recently. It’s funny how things land right in front of us exactly when they’re supposed to, isn’t it? Authentic. Where does it land in your world? Original. Genuine. Real. Bona fide. I share my truths. Almost to a fault sometimes. Maybe? Do you really…

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    Enchanting Details, Often Overlooked…

    Details in Art, Writing, and Life Do you ever notice details in something you’ve seen many times, but one day you notice something… different? The details seem fresh, new…. enchanting, really. And you wonder: How did I miss them until now? As a writer, I’m pretty tuned in to details. I find I notice things…

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    Creative Curiosity

    A Mixed-Media Face in 18 Ingredients

    I was asked recently during a Mixed-Media Faces How-to virtual workshop, “Okay, so we made a basic face with our pencil, but how do we make it ‘mixed media’?” Great question! Answer:  Add everything you want and then a bit more… Really! And so we did. From floral repurposed paper napkins and scrap paper with…

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    They’re Back!

      The voices, that is. Finally!   A note…. I started this post February 7, 2016, but never shared it. Not sure why not(?), but here it is…. celebrating the return of the voices in my head. What an awesome feeling it was!   Feb 2016:  If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you…

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    COVID-19: Connecting Despite the Disconnections

    How did we get to this strange and unfamiliar place in our history? I remember reading about pandemics in high school in the early ’80s. It was a vague concept in which a lot of people got sick and died. During those times, the sickness took over. Pharmaceuticals were limited. Medical technologies were rudimentary at…