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A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

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A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” -Leonardo da Vinci     Ten Years of Oil Painting on Canvas Just over ten years ago, I bought my first handful of oil paint tubes, trio of brushes, and a big white canvas. I didn’t know what I was doing. Though I’d always loved to draw, paint, and take photos, I’d never trained in art. Yet on that day back in 2003, I simply couldn’t wait another day to paint a canvas with oils. When I arrived home with my 3...

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23 Favorite Maya Angelou Quotes

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23 Favorite Maya Angelou Quotes

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou   Maya Angelou has long inspired me, in her writing, with her wisdom, and in her expansive life. I have many favorite Maya Angelou quotes, but in the following, I’m sharing 23 favorites. Maya Angelou grew up in Arkansas, traveled extensively, learned many languages, lived overseas, and then began to write and speak and share her story. We share these things in common. In...

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, my favorite book of all time

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, my favorite book of all time

I finished All the Light We Cannot See last night and I’m stunned. I don’t think I’ll be able to read another book for a while because it has spoiled me, or perhaps I don’t want to spoil the experience. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is now my very favorite book of all time.   All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr It is a 530 page novel about two children growing up in France and Germany during World War II. The girl, Marie-Laure, lives in Paris and then takes refuge in Saint-Malo, the last...

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The Beauty of Serendipity

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The Beauty of Serendipity

Serendipity (n.) : discovering something good, valuable, or pleasant without looking for it. (Webster’s Dictionary)   Last week was one of those which opened with sunshine and beach-like temperatures, but by Thursday, temperatures plummeted forty degrees and rain came in torrents along with a tornado. By Friday, rain mixed with hail at the top of every hour. The plans my family had made for the weekend–camping–didn’t pan out. And yet, I can say this past weekend was one of the best I can remember. Why?...

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Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

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Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. – Hans Christian Anderson   When my family and I moved into our house last spring, we moved into a brick house with literally nothing outside but very sparse grass and a neglected deck. Although the emptiness in the backyard was overwhelming, it was also an opportunity, a blank slate. After renting out of the country for many years, the prospect of turning our new backyard into whatever we could dream up excited me. Since the furniture and...

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5 Favorite Quotes on Reading and World Book Night 2014

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5 Favorite Quotes on Reading and World Book Night 2014

“Spreading the love of reading person to person.” -World Book Night.org I believe many things about books — they are magic, can transport us to other places and times and worlds, open our minds and hearts to understand other people and cultures — but most of all, I believe great books help change the world for the better. One of the most important freedoms we have is the ability to read and think for ourselves. 5 Favorite Quotes on Reading A house without books is like a room without windows. —Heinrich Mann A person...

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My Pitch for The Golden Willow

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My Pitch for The Golden Willow

This week, I’m attending a writers conference called Muse and the Marketplace run by the esteemed Grub Street Writers in Boston. All sorts of bookish people will be there, including some of my favorite authors, writers, literary agents, and editors. I’ve heard much about it and have dreamed of going for more than four years. This year, I’m excited to get to go! (A big thanks to my husband for holding down the King fort for a few days!) In preparation for the conference, I’ve been practicing the pitch for my novel THE...

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The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek

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The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft   Two years ago at a writers conference, I stood in the hallway of a hotel in midtown Manhattan, and said hi to one of the first faces which smiled my way. She was from Chicago and had two small children at home. We found we were assigned to the same table for our manuscript critiques, where two literary agents would listen to about a page of what we’d written and offer feedback. I remember listening to the way the very young literary...

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Italy and The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay

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Italy and The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay

Books and travel, the only things you can buy that make you richer. If there is one place in the world that I’ve written most often about, it is Italy. I love Italy, from the top to the bottom, through its musical language to the art which appears everywhere. And, if you’ve read some of what I’ve written about Italy, you know that one of my favorite places is on the coast of Tuscany, in the Maremma region, south of Pisa and Grosseto, north of Rome and Civitavecchia. There is much history there. In the near distance, the hill...

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New Orleans, the Colorful City: a Photojournal

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New Orleans, the Colorful City: a Photojournal

“In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home. It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard. I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume.” ― Anne Rice, Interview With The Vampire The first time I stepped into sultry New Orleans, smelled the brackish air, and saw the camellias, magnolias, palm trees, and sprawling live oaks, I knew I loved it. My husband and I, newlyweds at the time, moved to New Orleans only a few months later. The...

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