• activism,  charlottesville,  justice,  peace,  personal responsibility,  social justice

    Make a Choice

    I have been working on this piece off and on since the events in Charlottesville August 11 and 12. It is longish at 1342 words. It is not a political statement. It is my moral position on possibly the single most destructive evil in the United States: racism. When I lived in Birmingham, Alabama, I met a couple who had recently returned to the states after living abroad for several years. They had a young son about 8 years old who had been born while they were overseas. That fall, well into football season, he came home from school and asked his parents if they were for Alabama or Auburn. His…

  • books,  ebook,  Kindle,  publishing

    How to publish on Kindle

    I did it, so can you (This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy, I will earn a small commission.) You know I’ve published two books at Amazon. My devotional book, A Year of Wisdom Reflections: contemplating the art of being wise, is a paperback. My winter sowing booklet, Winter Sowing Works, is a Kindle eBook. You know what I discovered? Publishing on Kindle is much easier than I anticipated. I procrastinated for too long because I was concerned about getting the formatting correct. Here’s what I want you to do. Stop procrastinating! Don’t be like me. If you have an idea for a book. Get it out there on…

  • hacks,  urban farming

    All-Purpose, Safe Rose & Plant Spray

    Bye-bye black spot Originally published one year ago. Updated to include the addition of Neem oil as an option. Below are the directions for mixing up a safe spray to treat black spot on roses and discourage aphids and other insects. I use this spray weekly on my roses. I also use it if I see mildew or other fungal type disease on any plant. You need: 1 ½ Tablespoon baking soda 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil (you can also use Neem oil) 1 ½ Tablespoon liquid soap 1 Gallon Water 1 Tablespoon Vinegar Instructions: I mix all the ingredients in an inexpensive pressure sprayer. These are normally on sale for $12…

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  • art,  artist trading cards,  creativity,  social media

    How to Make Artist Trading Cards

    Anything Goes Here are the rules for artist trading cards: Card must be 3 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ That’s it. As long as the art fits in the 3.5 x 2.5 inch space, it’s an artist trading card (ATC). An ATC is like a trading card for artists. Sometimes they are created to be traded, but other times they are created just for the fun of it. (this post contains affiliate links — if you click and buy, I will earn a small commission) You can design an ATC with paints, Sharpies, watercolors, inks, stamps, natural materials, glitter, ribbon,fabric, paper, pencil, pen, photos. Really, whatever you have on hand can…

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  • creativity,  flow,  happiness

    The connection between flow and happiness

    It starts with what you know and enjoy I’ve written about flow before but wanted to expand a bit on the concept. Flow is the sensation you get when you are so engrossed in an activity that you lose track of time and feel completely in-tune with yourself and the activity. I often find myself reaching a flow state when I’m creating art. It’s not uncommon for 3 or 4 hours to pass before I realize that I’ve been engrossed in a project for that long. Flowing Happiness   What is flow? And how do we achieve flow? The chart below shows where flow falls on a scale of psychological states. Each…

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  • creativity,  critical thinking,  thankful thursday

    Nourish Your Creativity

    we are all creative I recently commented on this in a video, but wanted to reiterate it. You are creative. Even if you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body, you do. If you want to nourish your spirit and improve your problem-solving abilities, try something artsy or crafty. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, that’s part of the process of nourishing your creative and critical thinking skills. Give your brain room to roam, to play, to create without judgement. You may not end up with an art masterpiece, but you will end up with a more flexible and responsive mind. If you want more tips…

  • awe,  joy,  spiritual renewal,  spirituality

    Want to have an awe-filled life?

    Greater Good Science Center published this excellent article by Alex Springer: Who Experiences the Most Awe? The bottom line is that anyone can experience more awe in their lives. Springer writes, “How can you become more awe-some? Start by scheduling in more awe-inspiring moments, such as spending time in nature or around your favorite art.” Read the article and let me know what you think!

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