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Taking the Leap!

I have one of my writing classes up and running, and have two more in the kiln, firing them so to speak – getting them ready for the world. Now I am talking to people about wholesaling my tea products in some of the stores, and also am making a presentation Monday night at the Farmers’ Market meeting to see if what I have to offer is something they want, and also to see if this is what I want. Talk about commitments, this would be a commitment. Here in Boise, it runs every Saturday from mid-April to mid-December. The starting of a new business is not for the weak of heart or mind. It seems so easy just to roll along, with sales here and there, and not to struggle with any of it. Let it all come as it may. But, the time comes when we either have to jump over the crevice that is cut deep into the earth (our minds) and tell the world we are ready, or else just be happy with what little comes or let the business idea die. I’ve been told trying to bring two different businesses up at the same time…

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Discovering your passion

Discovering Passion

We don’t hang out in the shallows, we dive deep!” That’s what I say about the online classes I create. When I came up with this tagline, I had no idea how truly on target it would be. First of all, ‘creating’ is work, and it is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had, but also the most satisfying of all of them. In the process of writing one novel over a period of fifteen years and now the second one, which is moving along much faster, and creating and teaching online classes, I’ve learned a thing or two that I would like to share with you. All of this ‘creating’ for others’ consumption is not only a lot of work, but it is the best teacher I have ever had. After a time of dreaming or manifesting a project, the real work, the ‘getting down in the trenches,’ so to speak and bringing it to life, comes into play. The process has been like a research project, but as I scoured books, and others’ research on different subjects, I found I was digging deeper into myself, finding out more about what made me tick at the rate I…

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A New Year’s Wish for our Country and our World

Video Blog – My Wish for our New Year!

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Voodo Butterfly Author

Guest Blog Post by Camille Faye, author of Voodoo Butterfly

Establishing a Writing Space that Fits You. Since I’ve made the move to being a professional writer, I’ve lived in two houses. Each one had a basement office area where I worked if I needed to get away from the hustle and bustle of family life with young kiddos. For the most part, though, I like to work amidst people so I’ve also set up shop on the dining room table or put a desk in my family’s living area. If I need to get out, I go to the local library or to a coffee shop where I can eavesdrop on others’ conversations to get material for my writing or just fade away into the background of the busyness. For me, I need flexibility in my writing space, but these are the things that I have consciously created in my home work space. The Desk My writing desk resides in a corner of my living room. It is dark wood and L-shaped with a pull-out keyboard tray that is at the right height, ergonomically, for me. I have a big leather chair that moves up or down so I can sit with good posture. The desk is full of…

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Leaning Into Silence – A Spring Retreat in the Ozarks March 6-8

Are you stuck in your creative endeavors? Do you feel the need to burst through the muck and let your creativity soar? Silence has been proven to unleash our creative power. Internationally recognized yoga teachers and frequent leaders of silent retreats, Joan Ruvinsky and Kathleen Knipp, are joining me as we explore the ‘textures of silence’ in the beautiful Ozarks. (Other than times of instruction, silence will be held.) Leaning Into Silence unleashes our spirit in all of our creative endeavors, our practices and in our lives. This will be a retreat no one will want to miss. Be sure and click above for your FREE Gong Recording by Melissa Crowder. Details of the Retreat As we settle into this silent retreat, embraced by the beautiful Ozarks of southwestern Missouri, spring unfolds around and within us. This retreat is for all creative souls who wish to live the art of silence and come away with a deeper understanding of themselves and their artistic path. Whether writer, painter, dancer, nature lover, or whatever your path may be, silence is the seminal experience that fosters an inner listening which leads to new forms of expression. Through Joan and Kathleen’s gentle body-sensing yoga…

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Find your writing passion

Exploring the Heart of Your Writing: Finding the Passion that Ignites your Words

A 7-Week online Writing Course that takes us to the deepest caverns of souls as we explore through story our personal passions. Details to follow.

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Embracing the Elements of Feng Shui: In your home, your office and/or your studio

This online Feng Shui class, which begins in January, 2015, is designed to help creative people find balance in their environments and to understand what is needed to keep the energy and creativity flowing while they work and in their daily lives. Sign up starts January 15th, and will continue on after that. The class will be online starting January 20th .

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Mining Truth in Memoir: Digging for the Gold

What a way to start your year! Dig for your gold, your truth, in memoir! This page will come ‘alive’ on January 1st, 2015 for signup. The class will start January 19th, 2015. This 7-week online course is designed to focus on honing creative non-fiction, and to take risks in order to achieve the kind of brutal honesty that affects readers more deeply because of its truthfulness in our work. By participating in this course, writers will revise or create and revise a piece they are struggling with, and come away with an unwavering understanding of the perception of truth in his/her writing and how best to ‘own’ that truth. We will explore different processes to accommodate the different learning styles of the participants. Sign up will start on January 1, 2015. The class begins January 19th, 2015.

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Changing Seasons

Fall has swooped down and settled across the horizon. The landscape was bathed in color, gorgeous coppery reds and yellows, golds and oranges, but now the veil has dropped. The glorious flowers have succumbed to the cold, and the leaves, in all their brilliance, are floating to the ground and scattering across the countryside. It stole the last of summer, in one cold breath, leaving me feeling exposed and a bit relieved as if I had relinquished a heavy backpack. All summer I was surrounded by flowers and the garden and all their lushness, and in that one final swoop, the calendar changed. I love all seasons, but this year the expansiveness and the length of summer left me spent. Like the flower gardens, laden with their heaviness just before frost, I was ready for change. Now fall seems to be moving more rapidly. The colors are gone, and winter is nudging my senses. I’m reminded how much I love winter. It’s my favorite, I think. It’s a time when I can move my energy inside, not only within the confines of my home, but inside my heart and my consciousness, pulling myself into my core, like the trees. I…

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The Struggle of Values

We are living in a free country. It means freedom to choose our path of religion, or not to have a religion. freedom to read books of our choice, or to eat whatever we want. It means the freedom to say or do anything as long as it is within the boundaries of our laws. We all struggle with the right and wrong of things, because in our hearts we know that just because there is a law that says we can consume everything, or do everything, not all laws are made for our own good. An abundance of our laws are passed for the sake of another’s good, most generally their financial good. What I’m saying is just because something is out there, doesn’t mean it is something we should consume. It is way past time for each of us on this planet to start paying attention to what we consume and allow/force our families to consume. To make my point, let’s discuss Paula Dean. For a couple of weeks now, I’ve tried to think of a positive way to say this, but I don’t think there is anything positive that can go in the same sentence with her…

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