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#AtoZChallenge 2015 REFLECTIONS

 to The A to Z Challenge was even more rewarding than I hoped it would be. I got what I wanted: a writing project and some motivation to get it done. I did not, however, expect to learn so much … Continue reading

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Zz: Zeal, Be Zealous

  Zz: Zeal Be Zealous While thinking about what to write for “Z,” I saw the license plate, “B-ZESTY.” It made me think about art, and then about lemons, which somehow got me to “zeal,” something deeper and longer-lasting than … Continue reading

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Yy: You You Are What You Practice

  Yy: You You Are What You Practice I used to teach a food studies course, and I would ask students about the claim, “You are what you eat.” Usually, someone would say, “Well, if you eat doughnuts, you’ll be … Continue reading

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Xx: X Factor, That Special Something When All Else Is Equal

Xx: X Factor That Special Something When All Else Is Equal For “X,” I’d initially planned to say “X Marks the Spot” and tell you that daily practice constantly corrects your course so you’re ever-aiming toward your greater and greater … Continue reading

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Ww: Write, Write a fan letter

Ww: Write Write a fan letter At any time during your creative practice, but especially when you’re abiding a slump, writing a fan letter to another artist can serve as your creative effort for the day and will reignite your … Continue reading

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Vv: Volition, Start With Making A Vow

  Vv: Volition Start With Making A Vow It’s easy to say I want to do something, but hard to follow through. Do I want to be fit and healthy? Yes! Do I want to set my alarm an hour … Continue reading

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Uu: Ukulele, Do You Really Need One, Or Do You Already Have What You Need?

  Uu: Ukulele Do You Really Need One, Or Do You Already Have What You Need? It was early spring, I’d been outside at Portland’s Saturday Market surrounded by art and craft all day, and I was cold. I ended … Continue reading

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Tt: Time, Not Enough Time, Wasting Time, Adding It Up

Tt: Time Not Enough Time, Wasting Time, Adding It Up Almost two decades ago, I heard a psychologist give a lecture about how to write a book while holding a full-time job. He said we don’t need large chunks of … Continue reading

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Ss: Striving, The Satisfaction of Setting Aside Striving Ambition and Achieving Success

Ss: Striving The Satisfaction of Setting Aside Striving Ambition and Achieving Success Striving is just as elusive as perfectionism (see P) because as soon as you reach whatever nearly unobtainable goal you’ve set for yourself, you’ve already set the next … Continue reading

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Rr: Review, Reboot, Reward. Revitalizing Your Daily Effort

  Rr: Review, Reboot, Reward Revitalizing Your Daily Effort Inevitably, your daily practice will wax and wane. When it wanes, there are three things you can do to rejuvenate your effort. First, regularly review the results of your daily effort. … Continue reading

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