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Not my monkey – Not my zoo

I don’t remember where I picked up that phrase, nor who coined it.  It’s probably the punchline to a tired old joke.

But I can tell you, it is one handy way to help you recognize your boundaries.

I remember a former co-worker of mine.  I’ll call her Mary.  She is a loving mother and grandmother.  Her son is a pretty good guy, but he married


A dream of a book

Last night before I went to bed, I finished Alyson Stanfield’s book, “I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-excuse Guide to Self-promotion.  It’s written for working artists who want to grow, and full disclosure, Alyson and I work together.

It must have lingered in my consciousness as I slept because this is what I wrote in my dream journal this morning:


When it finally comes together

It was Saturday. Just this past Saturday to be exact. The rain was pounding outdoors and the errands I needed to run were not

What is art? Does it even matter?

We go to an art gallery or art museum and look at paintings and sculptures. Is that art? We browse a craft fair and see clever items, useful and well-made. Is that art? We hear music on the radio. Is that art?

Look what I just found!

Last October, around the middle of the month, when I first visited NW Arkansas, I sat with my sister one evening making mind maps.  Yep, that's what we do. I had made the decision emotionally to move but had no idea

Oh no! I lived my life all WRONG!

The workshop was going smoothly.  All the participants were engaged in the material and I could see the light bulbs of recognition and understanding popping. Several of the ladies attending were empty-nesters who never had a career outside the home.  Their lifetime focus had been nurturing family and running a household.  Suddenly, what they thought of as their “purpose” just left for college and they were left standing with a generous heart and lots less laundry. As we talked about Dreams and what gets in the way of manifesting them, one participant blurted, “Oh no!  I lived my life all WRONG!”  She was regretting the ...