Finding Calm In The Midst Of Chaos

The Importance Of Finding Calm In The Midst Of Chaos

A Little Bit Spiritual, Parenting, Words Of Wisdom December 12, 2017

Most of the anxiety that we feel when our kids misbehave stems from the thoughts we have about their misbehavior and the stories we tell ourselves about the misbehavior. 

If we change the thoughts we have about misbehavior then we can shift the stories that we tell ourselves and we can find or maintain calm even in the face of a temper tantrum, emotional meltdown, squabbling siblings, undone chores, and confrontations about how unfair we are. 


It’s Time To Register For The July 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class December 7, 2017

One of the things I hear often from people who have taken Yellow Highlighter Classes is how much they used to hate editing and how much they’ve come to enjoy it. 

For most people, I think, editing is a bit overwhelming. When we hit the editing phase we’re striving for perfection and yet, when we sit down at our desks or in our easy chairs with our laptops and settle into the process of editing, a lot of what we see is imperfection. That’s because editing is a process…it’s done in layers, not in one giant editing pass. My Yellow Highlighter Classes were developed to help people work through this process in a step by step way that results in a completed manuscript at the end of a series of classes sufficient to work through the entire manuscript. 

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It’s Time To Register For The June 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class – There Have Been Some Changes!

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class November 5, 2017

In the past, I’ve sold 700-word seats. People who wanted 1400 words (the most common number of words) bought two 700-word sessions to accomplish their 1400 words. Beginning with the May 2018 session (which was last month’s registration), I will no longer be offering 700-word sessions. I will only be offering 1400-word sessions. The price for 1400-word sessions will be $120 which is the same price as two 700-word sessions have been in the past.

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It’s Shipping Time!

Crafting, Crochet, Donation Crafting, Items For Pine Ridge, Loom Knitting, Thoughts On Giving October 22, 2017

Shipping days–those days when I pack up items that I’ve worked on for weeks or months and ship them to the organizations that will distribute them to their eventual recipients is always a special day. It’s a little bit like the days leading up to Christmas when I shop or finish up projects and wrap them and stick them under the tree while my mind pulses with images of the recipients enjoying the gifts. 

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Catching Up – Sewing For The Cats

A Finish!, Crafting, Sewing, Sewing For The Cats October 20, 2017

A while back JoAnn Fabrics had fleece on sale for $2.99 a yard. Since we’ve had these unsightly, old, nearly worn through cat window seat covers that I’d been promising to replace with new ones – for years – I decided to purchase a couple of yards of jungle print fleece and make the cats some new window seat covers. As you can see from the picture, Oz really approved of my fabric choice. 

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6 More Loom Knitted Hats!

A Finish!, Crafting, Items For Pine Ridge, Loom Knitting September 22, 2017

Making hats for the homeless and for the people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is something I do year-round, though this year I’ve crocheted more baby blankets and made fewer hats. Last year all of my hats were crocheted the old fashioned way, with a crochet hook and yarn. This year I’ve taken up loom knitting and have really enjoyed making hats on the loom. I find loom knitting very relaxing, easy to learn, and a nice lap-sized project for TV time.


It’s Time To Register For April 2018 Yellow Highlighter Class!

Writing, Writing Workshop, Yellow Highlighter Class September 3, 2017

There are many different types of writing classes. I teach many different classes myself. In fact, I just finished organizing my 2018 teaching schedule for OIRW. I’m pleased to announce that I will be teaching one class each month for them. There are some old favorite classes that are always popular, which will be returning. There are also some new classes which have never been offered before. I’ll be posting the schedule here on the site once it is finalized. I will be offering a free week long class on the legal ways to change point of view in December, so you’ll want to check that one out. That said, Yellow Highlighter Classes are a different type of class–and it’s time to register now.