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May 14, 2016

The Ultimate Recipe For Creativity

What is creativity? I have realized that it is such an amazing tool. You can harness it at any time. You can use it for so many different ventures. But what are the ingredients? How do you make this magic juice? Here's your recipe: Ingredients 1 part insomnia/sleep deprivation 20 minutes in the sunshine 1 swift walk 3 cups of tea or favored caffeinated beverage 5 rough drafts or 3 destroyed canvases 2 hours on…
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April 17, 2014

What It Feels Like to Be a Writer

It's not easy being a writer. I think people often romanticize the writing process. Like authors wake up every morning, brush the curtains aside, sit musing with a cup of coffee as the birds sing outside, and then write a book. Like it's that simple to write a book. Like every morning will be as beautiful as the next, filled with inspiration and beauty. The truth is, writers, just like professionals in any trade, have…
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February 26, 2014

10 Most Uplifting Songs of 2013

Recently, I came across this amazing video chronicling the top hit songs of 2013 (you have to watch it): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJMapA8WgYw It got me thinking about the songs that came out this year and all the memories I've made. Uplifting songs are a great thing to turn to when you've had a bad day. So in case you are having a bad day, and even if you're not, here's a list of the most uplifting songs of 2013.…
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January 9, 2014

Call to Bloggers: Creativity Happens Randomly

Calling all bloggers! Let's get creative and collaborative. You see, I believe the most creative writing come naturally, randomly, and flows effortlessly onto the page. That's why I want to do a little experiment. I would like to write a poem/blog post with the help of all of my fellow creative bloggers. I am calling each of you to send me just one sentence on the topic: "Her." It doesn't matter what you say, how…
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December 29, 2013

The Year I Lived in a Haunted House

I found the apartment on Craigslist, which honestly might have been my first mistake. A cute second unit apartment of an old converted home, the hardwood floors and ample light seemed appealing. When we arrived for a walk through, we were surprised by the size of the apartment: two bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, porch, and back porch that overlooked the Wilmington skyline. We imagined growing our plants on the wide roof, and…
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November 18, 2013

The Ballerina

I was sitting outside a coffee shop this afternoon, when the radio started playing a beautiful song. My mind searched for the name of it and then suddenly I remembered. "Memory" from the Andrew Lolyd Webber musical, Cats. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-L6rEm0rnY It's a song that has a hold on my heart. When I was 10 years old, I was sure I was going to grow up to be a famous ballerina. I practiced several times a week until…
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November 6, 2013

On Butterfly Wings

This is my aunt Shade. I called her Shade Pupho. She was my father's sister. The one with the big heart and the infectious laugh. This weekend she lost her battle with cancer, a disease that stole her body but could never steal her beautiful soul. The day before she died, I visited Butterfly World. I had been sick for over a week with an ongoing cold and my head was still pounding, but as…
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October 4, 2013

When I’m 94: Secrets to Living a Long and Healthy Life

Paul, John, Ringo, and George sang, "will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" but nowadays people are living to be 94, 98, 102 years of age. We know this is partially thanks to the powers of modern medicine, but what does it really take to live to be in your 90's? Mom-mom on her 90th birthday. A few years ago, my husband and I lived with his grandmother for…
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August 13, 2013

Talking to Trees

I talked to a tree today. I know I probably sound crazy to you right now, but I talked to a tree, and I heard it talk back. To fully understand this story, you must rewind through my life to take a glance at these precious trees. When I was a child, I would sit in my favorite loquat tree outside my home and sing songs among the birds. It was my favorite hiding spot.…
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