Not my monkey – Not my zoo

monkey looking into a mirror: Anytime you think the problem is "out there" that thought is the problem. Stephen Covey

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

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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:

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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

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What is art? Does it even matter?

picture of heart: If you want to work on your art, work on your life. ~Anton Chekhov
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?

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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

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Oh no! I lived my life all WRONG!

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou
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 ...

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