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How Much You Want This, Girlie? #365daysofpractice

I’ve spent the last two weeks pondering my last post, hemming and hawing about whether to do it or not. And then on Monday, December 7, it rained so hard here in Portland that it unsettled even life-long Oregonians like … Continue reading

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Letting Go Of “Lack”

Ugh. Whenever I avoid writing about something, all my other topics go cold until I tackle the one demanding expression. It starts with Umpqua. See? I don’t want to type any further than that. Umpqua Community College and the shooting … Continue reading

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Wah. Wah. All Better Now.

I found out yesterday that I did not get into the Crafty Wonderland show. At first, I was really sad, and I felt ashamed to have to share this news with you. But then, a couple of things happened, and … Continue reading

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Embracing Clutter And Keeping My Chair

We sat in the near-dark of the living room Saturday night talking about what we need to do, wish to do, and dread doing regarding the maintenance of our house. Although there’s nothing particularly awful or imminent, it all feels … Continue reading

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From Tender to Thick-Skinned

During the A-to-Z Challenge, I wrote about Backlash, and I think that’s what I’m experiencing now. I mustered the confidence to write and draw my first Storybooks You Can Color, I asked some people for help, I told all of … Continue reading

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Holding My Breath …

I took my first completed “Storybooks You Can Color” to the print shop yesterday morning. I expected to post pictures for you–selfies of me smiling with the printer guy. I have no idea why. That’s so not my style. Still, … Continue reading

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Can Beauty Save The World? I Hope So, But I Have My Doubts.

In response to my post Something Has Got To Be Better Than Nothing, Deb Nies, a writer I met through the Live Like Julia Project, said she tries to live by the phrase: bloom where you are planted: beautifying “my … Continue reading

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Wanting To Help: Is It A Basic Human Instinct?

I felt really self conscious after publishing last week’s post, worried I’d been too sappy. And then you all showed up, sharing resources, ideas, anguish, and personal stories. Thank you. Thank you for sharing so much and for making me … Continue reading

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Practicing Confidence–It Can Only Get Better, Right?

When I was 25, I found myself sitting on a sticky, green wrestling mat in a fluorescent-lighted gym, attending my first yoga class. I was a graduate student, and although I knew¬† absolutely no other student in the room, I … Continue reading

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Failing to Fail, a Disappointing Success

I don’t even know how to write this post. It’s like my brain has been turned upside down, making left right and right left. The “rustic tarts” failed. They came out as cupcakes, like the recipe originally intended. So maybe … Continue reading

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