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How to Rebound

I have had an, ummmm, "interesting" life of dramatic events and circumstances. But if I'm known for anything, it's optimism and a calm belief that everything coming my way can be managed--even the tough stuff. This resilience is just part of my personality, but we're all different... so it might...
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...these linen cocktail napkins from H&H Collective, which come accented with great fashion-inspired colors--Yuzu, Kumquat, and Cara Cara. From their site: "We feel our generation is more of the 'cocktail napkin' type of entertainer. You may not have the time, budget or space for a five course dinner party but...
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September Updates

The web development section has been updated with a few screen shots of recent projects. Updating my portfolio has been a low priority, since I am spending most of my spare time on a few personal projects. I don't want to share all of the details yet, but I can...
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I recently took a class at Writing Pad, which offers seminars and courses for all kinds of writing in a hip pad with gourmet treats. The owner, Marilyn, generously offers free writing prompts at her blog, which is a goldmine for writers who want to practice, practice, practice but don't...
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It's easy to get lost online. You can look up nearly anything and find tons of inspiration to get things done. For creative types, I think the Internet is a blessing and a curse. Sure, you can instantly find (debatable) answers for any questions, and you can look up reference...
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Every once in awhile, design becomes a dreaded chore, because nothing seems to work or everything feels uninspired. Most people expect designers to be creative at all times, but just like any occupation, there are peaks and valleys to project navigation, skill level, and attitude about the work. Every designer...
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For the first three years we lived in Los Angeles, our home was on a hill in Los Feliz. Since we both worked from home, we often would go out to lunch or run errands during weekdays to avoid weekend congestion. (I don't know about you, but I'd much rather...
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From Matthew Hittinger's blog: Grace Cavalieri and April Carter Grant have edited a wonderful anthology from writers and artists who have been published by Didi Menéndez in MiPOesias magazine, OCHO, Poets and Artists (O&S), or individual books. Each piece is about or dedicated to Didi in celebration of her long-standing...
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...there's a weekend like this one, dreary and cold and misty. I recently wrote about being happy about springtime, how the brighter colors of the season were getting sprinkled into my wardrobe and the temperate weather was making walks and out-of-the-house tasks more appealing. This morning, as I passed a...
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Instead of holing up in the office tonight, I'm comfortably working on the laptop on my sofa with the Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 1 providing background entertainment. If you're interested in animation or digital illustration or painting, check it out. The first short of the collection, The Adventures...
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Spring Has Sprung

Although I've lived in mostly temperate California for five years (and lived in another sunny state for a few years before that), I'm a child of the Midwest and to this day find myself tuned into the seasons. Instead of a fluctuation in mood that commonly accompanies really strong seasonal...
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As you may have guessed from recent posts and new additions to my portfolio, I currently am really focused on custom lettering (in my free time). Following are links to some of my favorite lettering design artists, who should provide plenty of inspiration to kick-start your creative ideas.Jill Bell: I...
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"Don't forget to stop and smell the roses." That's a tired old phrase, but I've been relying on it a lot lately. My adult life has been a pattern of making my way along the career path at too quick a pace, then suddenly needing rest because I've tired myself...
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When I sit down to work, I need a clean desktop: The physical desk where I'm sitting should be uncluttered, and the virtual desktop of my computer should be neat and organized. Clutter in all its forms paralyzes me, so when it accumulates, I find that taking a few minutes...
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Some movies are visually memorable because the director uses a limited palette (or applies a filter to mute colors). Here are three favorites: Swept Away: Yes, everyone knows what a crapfest this movie was, but no one can confidently deny the beauty of the cinematography. And when it comes to...
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The 6-5-4-3-2-1 Concept

One of the perks of getting oil changes at the car dealership nearest us is the array of local luxury-living magazines in the waiting area. Whoever stocks the magazine table has totally overshot the mindset of a Ford owner by providing the kind of publications that considers hard-hitting journalism ten-page...
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