Many in my family choose a word for the new year ahead to focus on or to consider over time. My word for 2018 is “Beyond.”Read More
I’ve been thinking about mirrors lately, but I’m not really sure why. Perhaps it’s because I am working on my manuscript about identity, and as I have gathered sources, the mirror has surfaced several times. I even researched the history of “mirrors,” in my nearly compulsive need to get the whole picture.Read More
I first became aware of “blurred lines” while learning to paint with watercolors. Then I ran across that phrase again a few weeks ago while reading an article sent to me by a fellow word-lover. The art world today refers to those blurred lines as “soft edges,” although in the article, they used the word “sfumato”—a “technique for blurring the lines of a painting” made famous by Leonardo da Vinci.Read More
When I am working on a manuscript of my own (I also work on other authors’ manuscripts as part of my publishing business), my thoughts are not far from it in spite of all the other things going on around me. I have missed turns while driving to a familiar place because I have been thinking about something related to my topic. I’m not saying this is a good thing; I’m just saying it’s how I am made.Read More
Baby Boomers (born between 1946–1964) are a very interesting demographic. I’m interested in them because “them is us.” I am a Baby Boomer. But then so are my first two children. Alas! I wonder if it is hard for them to have their mother be in the same generational category as they are. I found out some pretty interesting details about us Boomers.Read More
From time to time, I watch television shows about forensics and have become fascinated with the idea of the uniqueness of individuals. While the human race has much in common collectively, each one of the 7.6 billion of us presently on the earth are unique.Read More
I am seeing that I need to guard against comparing myself to . . . well . . . anyone. Because when I do, I end up feeling inferior, and that is not what my mind and emotions need to be concerned with at all. I know on some level that I am unique. I am an individual. I am specifically created by God for a purpose and with my own identity. That should be enough for me. But I have identity issues.Read More
I ran across a quote about creating art almost two decades ago that has stuck with me and that I have applied to my life in general: "You have to be willing for it to look bad . . . before it looks good."Read More
Here is an excerpt from chapter three of my book: The Impostor Affect: A Closer Look at a Classic Case:
I had many fears in those days (during my teen years): some understandable, some not. I ‘worried ahead’ . . . much like those who ‘pay it forward.’ I created scenarios in my head and then wasted my emotional energy fretting about them. My fear of the unknown future was at times more powerful than my stress of the known reality of the day. The seeds of the impostor were planted in my childhood; they were watered during my too-brief adolescence; and they came into full bloom and then spread throughout my adult life.Read More
Our lives are as a tale yet untold, so someone said.
There is a story behind every storyteller, so they say.
I am a storyteller . . . so I took that little word teller and expanded it as a way to share more about me and the book I just released.Read More