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Tag Archives: quilting

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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A Year In Review

Ah, January! A time for reflection, for plotting the year ahead. A time for rebirth, for starting something new. Millions of people make resolutions on January 1st, and millions of those resolutions are broken by the end of week one. Personally, I  never met a resolution I didn’t break and so I stopped making them, officially. …

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A Dollar and A Dream

Driving to work the other day I noticed a sign in  a store window that said the New York State Lottery was up to 90 million dollars! The Mega Millions jackpot was now 190 million dollars! My mind reeled. What would someone do with all of that money? Now, I understand that the government takes …

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5X5 The Ultimate Cure for Blogger’s Block

Blogger’s Block, for those of you who do not know, is a dangerous illness that strikes down many bloggers in their prime. 🙂 At a loss for a continuous flow of new material and ideas, many bloggers allow themselves to fall prey to this debilitating disorder and let their blogs languish. Symptoms may include but are …

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Everything Old is New Again

Anyone who has followed my blog for a while has probably realized that I like to quilt. Years ago, I took a hand-quilting class because I had always admired old quilts. That was all it took. Now, years later I still “suffer” from the quilting bug. I have a sewing room full of fabric and …

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