Make the Child Inside You Happy!

March 11 by

Why make this little one happy? Because she/he is you. The real you. The one with gleeful abandon.

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Don’t Wait for Perfection

February 22 by

My mother was always planning neat parties and get togethers.  She’d mine magazines for images that would be the perfect décor, recipe, or method to do something related to it.  She’d check out yard sales, holiday sales, and stores for the right accoutrements to use in the theme, so that the mood would be set, the look would be right, and everything would be perfect.  Unfortunately, my mother never had those awesome gatherings she planned. She took up tole art painting.  She was incredibly talented.  She did beautiful work.  But, she could never see the beauty of it because, to her, it wasn’t perfect.  She did finally release some of her work into the world through gifts to family.  No one ever looked at her work and said, “oh wow, you have a tiny...

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New York City Subway Series: Romance

February 8 by

Recently, I visited New York.  We spent a lot of time moving from place to place via the subway. If you’ve never ridden the subway in New York, I highly recommend it.  If you’re a writer, photographer, or artist, I would go as far as to say riding the subway is a MUST. Yes, it’s dirty, it’s loud, it’s crowded, it can be smelly and tight and frustrating.  But, it’s a great place to people watch.  Every possible walk of life moves through New York by that means of transportation. This is the third and final post (for now) in the New York City Subway Series.  The first one was on journaling.  The second one was on character development.  And this one offers some thoughts on love stories. When you travel on the subway/train,...

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New York City Subway Series: Character Development through Shoes

February 1 by

I thought to myself, she’d be a great heroine for a story. Strong and quiet with kickass shoes! Perhaps the shoes were her weapon of choice? Not a joiner, but someone who could be counted on to do what was necessary when called upon for action.

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New York City Subway Series: Journaling

January 18 by

The subway is a great place to lose yourself in thought. And on one trip, we sat across from a lovely woman who was not only lost in thought, but she was journaling. She was completely oblivious to everything around her as she focused solely on her writing. You could tell she loved the journal, and that she used it often, if not daily, by the bruised and somewhat tattered edges of the paper. The pen she used had no specialness to it.

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Noticing Life’s Accoutrements

September 20 by

I am a writer. Shouldn’t I remember those kinds of details?

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