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embracing change

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Bronte


oh the magic of the changing seasons,

as the leaves begin their yearly ritual of color explosion

winds begin to blow and leaves begin to fly;

the crisp, cool air signals

it’s time to settle in for the coming

days of seasonal changes

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Every season has something grand and beautiful planned!

Embrace the change!


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it is always amazing how as the seasons change there is always something that blooms… 


a new season of possibilities

the purple mums that looked like they might not make the hot, dry summer

are now reaching upward and bursting with color.  colorful proof of all the

possibilities that surround us each day. 


a new season of possibilities


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Memorial Day—USA

“Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.”  US Memorial Day


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Art Licensing

One of the best investments I have made this year is joining   ALSC  is a protected portfolio site for licensing artists to connect with art directors, manufacturers and other artists.  Cherish Flieder , the founder, and the ALSC team are doing an amazing job with this site.  ALSC is the new show in the art licensing industry, and it is impressive!


Opportunities for moving forward with our goals come in many forms, and as doors of opportunity open it is wise to make clear decisions, chart a course and get busy. That is exactly what I have been doing in the last month.  My sketch books are full of ideas and new artwork is being created.  I will be uploading new work to my portfolio page on ALSC this week. 

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After spending years working in a totally different field, I am finding great joy playing with paints and a camera.



whatever your dreams…the best way to pursue them, is one day at a time”vlos

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February 14, 2015

Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. Love is eternal 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


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Yesterday I was reading a blog post by artist Anne Marie Horner and she made this statement “I learned something very poignant recently. Studies have shown that the brain can not actually feel the emotions of anxiety and gratitude at the same time.  They are opposites.   So much so, that psychologists suggest writing down all the things you are grateful for each day as a way to get your brain on the healthier side.”

That struck a chord with me…and made me think about setting aside time each day to write about what I am grateful for, so I have a ‘grateful journal’ on my desktop to write in each day.

Today I thought I would take that a step further and suggest that doing fun things is another way to keep ourselves healthy. Even the smallest activity that takes us away from the mundane chores or tasks can lighten our mood, makes us smile, relax us and refresh us.

Give it some thought…maybe a fun list and a gratitude list can help all of us be healthier.

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