Creative Tables

Problem-Solving the Thanksgiving Table I get to see my children tomorrow and I’m so excited. I’ve been playing around with the China given to me by a couple of great friends who were downsizing. That and I’ve had to get creative with what I already have. It all comes down to problem-solving. This part of […]

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Free/Gratis

It called to me as it rested in the shade somewhat near the trunk of a beautiful Jacaranda tree. I caught sight of it from the corner of my eye as I drove by on the winding road. There was a sign on it and I had to know what it said. I turned around […]

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Trying new Media

What’s the worst thing that can happen? I love to try new mediums of art. It’s a blast to discover new ways of making something beautiful, while having fun doing it. Let me just emphasize the fun part! It’s about having fun, not what the results will be. When something turns out nice, all the […]

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Why Me? …Why Not Me?

We say, “why me?” when things don’t go our way. We say it when we are hurting; when our lives are suddenly changed; when we lose a loved one; when we become ill; for car accidents; financial problems; relationship issues; on and on. And, before we know it, “why me?” becomes “why me, God?” “Why […]

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Creative Rebellion

“All will be well. What do you hope for? In fearful day, in raging night, with strong hearts full, our souls ignite, when all seems lost, in the war of light, look to the stars, for hope burns bright!” —Blue Lantern (DC Comics) I am an over-educated, arrogant, self-righteous Creative, who struggles with a few […]

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Emotions: I CAN/NOT

Whether I “Can” or “Cannot” really does not matter. Not if I’m talking about making art, or overcoming a debilitating CRPS or EDS flare up. I need to focus on what I “Can” do at that moment, and place my “Cannot” where it belongs. Problem is, it can be really hard. When I hear myself […]

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This & That

THIS thing is happening to me. This thing exists here and now, and most likely will in the distant future. This keeps me awake at night, and restless in the day. The problem with this is, I cannot help but remember THAT. There was no this in that. That was a time when worries seemed […]

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10 Talents = 1 Dime

For me sometimes, but probably not for you, a dime found all alone in an odd place is a symbol or sign. A dime is a reminder to me of my natural talents or abilities. When I see a dime, I feel as though God is asking me to remember my talents and that I […]

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Waiting for Here

Jana’s Sketchbook No. 9 For the past several years now, I have been in “wait” mode. I have been waiting for a diagnosis or answers at least. Waiting to feel better. Waiting to walk again without pain. Waiting to lose weight. Waiting to get back to work, rather than doing the “work half of the […]

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