During a recent visit, my mother-in-law sat at the kitchen table admiring my six-year-old son's artwork. "Oh, it's so beau-ti-ful," she said. Then, turning my way, "He's really an artist!" I smiled, and gave my standard reply, "Thanks, but you know he didn't get it from me." Because, seriously, I can't draw. I also can't paint, sew,… Continue reading Would You Call Yourself An Artist?
Get Inspired Mondays — Guest Blogger Series Welcome to another, Get Inspired Monday! Each week you'll find a different writer sharing their story of finding inspiration -- often from an unexpected source. To read last week's post click here. Today's guest blogger is author Rebecca Rasmussen. Rebecca is every writer's friend -- quick to offer encouragement when you're struggling, and… Continue reading Semper Fi (In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca) — Guest Post
Get Inspired Mondays -- Guest Blogger Series It's the start of a new week, and you may be feeling sluggish, unmotivated, or flat-out fizzled. Well, that's about to change... One of my biggest sources of creative insight comes from speaking with other writers. As promised, for the next several weeks I'll be hosting different writers as… Continue reading The Cub and the Ad Girl — Guest Post
Track is a sport of self-motivation. Though, technically, you run against other racers, it's really you against yourself -- Can you force yourself to do a little better? Last a little longer? Go a little faster? I ran track for eight years. It was one big party in grade school, but when I got to high school the… Continue reading On Jumping Over Hurdles, and Falling With (on Your) Dignity
In my house, the tell-tale sign of a new year approaching is directly correlated to the increasing number of Post-it's and gum wrappers lying around covered with "dates to remember." Yes, it's time to buy a new calendar. For many, it's also the prime season to get organized and take charge of LIFE for the coming year. I'm… Continue reading Forget Resolutions. Let’s Talk Deadlines.
When you think of the Chicago Cubs, you might think of goats and curses, of yuppies and cell phones, or of fans that never stop believing, "This is our year!" You might think about the seasons that almost were, or the seasons that were so painful to watch it was like pouring paint thinner into a… Continue reading Another Loss for the Chicago Cubs, and the Begetting of Joy