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A Blank Page, A New Year

As 2016 draws to a close, many people who I know are happy to see the tail end of that has been a difficult year. The final week of December is a time of hope and planning. People usually start to contemplate the coming year and the changes they would like to make. They make …

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The Post Yule Blahs

I don’t know about all of you, but I tend to cruise through much of the holidays on auto-pilot. It’s the busiest and most stressful time of the year for me at work. There is so much pressure to buy the perfect gift and exhibit over the top holiday cheer. I find it is easier …

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2016 – The Year for Intentions

It’s that time of year again where we make lists of resolutions to break in the coming year. Last year, I had a short list: Get my practice management certification. Check. Publish my first book. Check. Learn to knit. Check Lose 20 lbs. Well… at least I didn’t gain any! Hey, 3 out of 4 isn’t bad! …

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Ah, September… Brings Out the Nerd in Me!

What is it about the idea of September that turns me into a total nerd? More so than usual, that is? Is it the turning of the leaves, the crispness in the air, the new angle of the sun? Perhaps it is the sight of golden buses carrying youngsters to the hallowed halls to learn …

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Art and The Great Debate

The nature vs. nurture debate has come up in various social arguments for decades. Some will say that everything from a person’s sexual orientation to the job they choose can be explained by one, while the opponents of a particular argument will blame the other. Do we learn it, or are we born that way? …

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Dark Nights of the Soul

Even the most prolific writers out there must encounter the lulls in productivity, right? Surely, it is not just a new writer phenomenon. It seems that the warm, sunny days of summer are not the elixir I needed. Finishing my last certification for work would not clear my desk and allow my brain to focus …

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This Is Your Brain on Knitting

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a bit will know that I love quilting. I also crochet and sew. I have made a promise to myself that this year, I will figure out how to knit. My mom-in-law tried to teach me years ago, but I gave up. A single crochet hook seems …

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This Fallow Ground

Recently, I read an article over on WriterUnboxed about the importance of doing nothing. The author, Robin LaFevers, talked about how many times writers may look like they aren’t doing much of anything. Yet, they are subconsciously working out the plot or character arc of their next book. She stressed that these times of apparent inactivity …

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