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Apr.12.2014
I believe that creativity is contagious, and if we’re lucky enough to have caught it, even just a little, we need to enjoy it and pass it on, every chance we get. I'm not a “good artist” in the typical sense. I don’t even finish most of what I start, but my art is successful simply...
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Apr.01.2014
"Film maker and writer Terry Jones discovers a colony of penguins, which are unlike any other penguins in the world." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dfWzp7rYR4 While I do wish penguins could fly on more than just April 1 each year, I especially wish Terry Jones really would do a nature series...
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Jan.01.2014
A few months ago I blogged about my fear of putting my talking face out there in publicly viewable book trailers, a necessary evil of being an author. But I released the videos to the world, my life didn't explode, and nobody that used to talk to me stopped talking to me. Of course, not...
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Sep.07.2013
Step one: upload my first three video attempts to YouTube.  Step Two: upload them to my Red Room page. Step three: tweet them. Done, done and done. No sweat. But step four, sharing them on Facebook, is giving me the jitters. Specifically, the problem is that ...
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Sep.04.2013
Raise your hand if you took time to count your blessings today. Do I see a few hands? Now give yourself a gold star if you can't even remember the last time you complained about how terrible your day was. Heck, give yourself two gold stars. Because my own positive attitude is a work-in-progress (at...
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Jul.19.2013
What's your favorite book cover? Four different teams put together covers for my eight guided journals. All the covers do the job, but these two just might be my favorites. Both of these books are intended as keepsake gifts, so they need to be appealing. I know nothing about design, so my thoughts...
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May.10.2013
THE LANYARD by Billy Collins The other day I was ricocheting slowly... off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word...
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May.10.2013
Erma Bombeck is my all-time favorite humorist when it comes to the subject of motherhood, but not the only one to capture the essence of motherhood nicely. With both Mother's Day coming up and a new mom-related book just published, I've been collecting quotes about moms. DO ANY OF THESE SOUND LIKE...
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Mar.23.2013
On the eve of the publication of a gift journal for moms - WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU, MOM - I asked some folks to tell me something wonderful about their moms. Here are their responses (feel free to add your own answer too): **Describe one unique and wonderful thing about your mom:** "My mom doesn't...
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Mar.05.2013
I'm a relatively new fan of semicolons; maybe I've been afraid of using them incorrectly. I've set a goal of using them more frequently; this post is an example of how hard I'm trying. My inspiration? Tony Noland wrote this clever ode to semicolons; he makes them sound downright...
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Mar.01.2013
No kidding. This is the headline of a small article appearing on Friday, October 26 in my California newspaper. At first I thought there'd be a golfing lawyer joke below, but no - a shark of the marine variety really did fall from the sky onto a golf course. If you read my August...
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Feb.18.2013
your love story
According to Gary Chapman, author of bestselling The Five Languages of Love, Love Language #1 is "Words of Affirmation...best expressed as simple, straightforward statements of affirmation." He writes that "the need to feel loved by one's spouse is at the heart of all marital desires." When...
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Dec.13.2012
Dear E and B, Dad and I have been working on mapping out our lives—past, present and future—using My Life Map. We each made a map for our whole life and a set of maps for the next ten years focusing on different parts of our lives: family, friends, learning, work, service, and play. As we map our...
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Nov.14.2012
There's a lively discussion going on over at BlogHer.com this month about a book that asks you to think about your past, present and future, then map out what you want and expect in various parts of your life - family, friends, learning, work, service, and play.  Do you map out or...
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Oct.18.2012
David and I have heard from a number of military couples who have used our couples journal, What I Love About You, as a way to stay connected during training and deployments. It gratifies us to think that this little journal is giving some comfort to military families serving our country. Last week...
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