Shiny Sparks – April 12, 2018

I launched the Shiny Sparks article series on January 29th, but I haven't been as consistent as I expected. I've had a few life delays, extra meetings, lots of book events (hooray!) and I lost my momentum a bit. Instead of making myself wrong for it, I'm examining the creative process as I experience it. … Continue reading Shiny Sparks – April 12, 2018

Shiny Sparks: February 26

I had just finished setting up my table for a book event yesterday, when a women walked up and asked me what my book is about. She looked really tired and I could see she had been crying. I answered her question and we got to talking, and she's going through some serious life challenges. … Continue reading Shiny Sparks: February 26

My Crowdsourced Life

I want to talk about community. The dictionary defines community as: a unified body of individuals a social state or condition There is an implied consciousness behind it. And the word togetherness: warm fellowship, as among members of a family the quality, state, or condition of being together They are ideas that sound easy enough … Continue reading My Crowdsourced Life

Diamond in the Rough

My father came to visit one afternoon he triumphantly presented a small blue box with an appraisal my grandmothers wedding ring he said this is yours now   I don’t have a lot of experience with diamonds I don’t wear bling my wedding ring is a modest silver band with a little message on the inside … Continue reading Diamond in the Rough

Use Your Words

I’m working on the second book in my children’s book series. It’s about our mouth: our sense of taste and our teeth – the material world aspect of our mouths. It’s also about the power of words – the spiritual world aspect of our mouths. I write about how to use our 5 senses in … Continue reading Use Your Words

The Beginners’ Guide to Publishing with a Self-Publishing Company

In March of 2016, I sat in my kitchen with a dear friend. We were looking at a pile of illustrations I had just completed for my first children’s book, Your Hands Can Change The World! I had decided to publish my book, and was telling her that I had no idea where to begin, … Continue reading The Beginners’ Guide to Publishing with a Self-Publishing Company

In Winter

In Winter The darkness takes over Some mornings I wake up in the black fetal under 3 layers I feel safe and swaddled until I uncover an arm or a leg I’m hit with a stinging chill and remember that it is Winter   My dreams are different during shorter days In them, my teeth … Continue reading In Winter

My Created Life

  When I began to create my life, when I was younger, I set out into the world with the understanding that there is a “happy life” formula. The rules go something like this: get through school, preferably by making as few waves as possible. Go to more school, especially if you have big dreams. … Continue reading My Created Life

Poking The Bear

“I said that’s enough!” “You’re not listening to me!!” “I told you I needed a minute. You’re pushing me!” my husband yelled before he ran up the stairs and slammed the door. I sat on the bottom step and cried. I looked for a way to escape the profound discomfort I was experiencing, but there … Continue reading Poking The Bear