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Follies: Festive Fridays

It's Friday!  And you know what that means, time for some folly.  In this case, festive folly. This week we are beginning a crazy dance party.  What's a crazy dance party?  I will tell you.  Years ago, there used to be a kid's show on PBS and every so often one of the characters would […]

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The Place You Write

I write in my upstairs office which is a converted bedroom.  As I'm writing this post, rain is pounding on the windows and if I turn my head and look out the window, I can see into the backyard, which is lush and green and full of just-blossoming flowers.  At least they were ready to […]

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The Writing Process Redux

Every week my family gets together with my sister's family for dinner. We instituted this after my Mom died last year as a way to make sure that we all see each other regularly.  It has been a wonderful thing, and we guard our Sunday Supper time zealously. Last night at Sunday Supper, in between […]

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Embracing Spring

My apologies to those of you currently buried under snow, or digging out from your latest blizzard, but here in Portland, we've had one of the warmest winters on record. The rhodies, daffodils and crocus have been blooming for a couple weeks now and the temps are regularly reaching 60 degrees.  We've even had us […]

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Three Rules

I'm reading Crush It, by Gary Vaynerchuk.  In case you haven't heard of him, he's the marketing genius who built his father's liquor business from four million in sales to fifty million in sales in just eight years.  How did he do it?  Mainly through video blogging, with his show, Wine Library TV, and the […]

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Make the Words Flow

I noticed something this morning when I was in the middle of writing an email. The words were flowing as smooth as a glass of fine wine.  I started paying more attention.  And realized that I was allowing myself to go a bit deeper emotionally in my response.  So I stopped and thought for a […]

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On Not Having Time to Paint

For Christmas, I asked for and got paints.  I got acrylic paints, canvases, a cool wooden box to put the paints in, paintbrushes, one of those round plastic palettes, a couple books on painting.  Just looking at all these art supplies makes me tingle with anticipation. I've been feeling the urge to paint for awhile […]

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The Things That Scare You

I'm afraid of everything. At least that is how it seems some days.  Most days.  Most people, looking at me, assume that I'm brimming with self confidence.  I travel alone, I speak and present workshops, I talk to strangers wherever I go. And maybe, if self confidence means constantly pushing at barriers, I am overflowing […]

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