The Art Forms of Purposeful Living

The ending of a year is a natural pause point to reflect upon the way one’s lived, loved, and created. This post is my pause point. Although I’ve written and blogged less in 2013 than in previous years, I’ve spent more time with my family and more time developing my art than in previous years. So …

Writing for the Right Reasons

This morning while searching for a possible post, I came across a comment I'd written to a dear writing friend, Christine Grote, in response to her post, One thing’s clear — re-evaluating blogging. We both self-published around the same time and often shared ideas and information. Although different genres, her's memoir and mine a book about creativity, her writing touched me …

Life Choices That Will Rock Your World

Recently, several people have rocked my inner world with their life-changing choices. This was definitely needed because lately I’ve been muddling my way through moments, responding from the gut, doing just enough to get by, and then resuming my coach-potato position by day’s end. My friends got me thinking about what kind of person I …

Creative Buzz

One of the reasons I decided to blog was to find other kindred spirits—like-minded people who loved what I loved. The concept of ongoing, online conversations about everything from writing and art to obstacles and overcoming intrigued me. Blogging added to my artistic tools and helped me to pursue creativity in a new way. READ …

“Blog that awareness girl!” – Gina Wilson

My family loves nicknames, and my brother possesses an uncanny knack for creating them. Here are a few of his favorites: Eight Ball-my sister's nickname when we were kids. None of us have a clue how he came up with this one. Bodeen the Gospel Queen-my nickname when I was a missionary. Jo Saggy Diapers …

What’s a pusillanimous aunt to do?

2/2/11 Dear Sister, Today I had a chance to catch up on your blog posts while lying in bed recovering from the flu. The photos of your children in various parts of the world are amazing.  Along with everyone else who posted responses, I am awed at their sense of adventure. However, being the more …