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Camille Boggs' art is incredible and I just know you'll be happy you stopped by Texty Ladies today to check it out.  Camille talks about her creative childhood, how she works, what happens when something goes wrong, and more!

You'll find her feature here.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Poetry Play Thursday

I'm trying something different at Texty Ladies today for Poetry Play Thursday and I hope you'll stop by and help us out. The poetry form I've chosen for the week is Renga and it requires pairs or small groups to write.

I think it will be fun if people participate. You don't have to be a seasoned poet, just be willing to write a few lines to continue the poem.

I can't wait to find out what direction this poem will take! See you over there! :)

Intriguing American Title V Finalist

Jacquie Rogers interviewed American Title V finalist Marie-Claude Borque at Texty Ladies today.  If you read the interview, you'll find out what an intriguing woman she is.  I was compelled to check out her sites and enjoyed taking a fun quiz for which the results are posted here.  It looks like I'm of the majority.


What Celtic priestess are you?
You are a Priestess of Rhiannon At your best, you are empathetic, intuitive, sensitive, healing, nurturing, protective, emotional, compassionate, receptive, adaptable and flowing.

But focus your inner work so that you do not become co-dependent, overprotective, needy, insecure, hypersensitive, overemotional, martyred, fearful, disorderly, dishonest, or secretive.

The spiritual challenge you seek to address is: What patterns of destructive behavior have their source in inner wounding?

Your guide is the Blackbird : otherworldly messenger that calls you to the quest, reminds you to listen to the voice of your inner divinity.

Rhiannon is the Lady of Manifestation. She calls us to stand strong regardless of the challenges to our truth.

You are now a priestess of the Coven of the Callanish led by Lady Morag in the story ANCIENT WHISPERS which was in part inspired by the Pagan Avalonian Tradition. You can help get ANCIENT WHISPERS published by casting your vote online at http://www.mcbourque.com/
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Poetry Play Thursday

I hope you'll stop over at Texty Ladies today where I'm hosting my new meme, Poetry Play Thursday.  We'll explore a new form of poetry each week, starting with something easy and moving on to the more difficult forms as we gain confidence.  Why not give it a go? 

Where am I?

I've been blogging over at A Touch of Inspiration lately.  Other than a post or two, I haven't been to LJ in a while.  I think the community I've discovered over there keeps me going back.  It also seems like I get tired of one blog, move to the next, and then come back around again eventually. 

This is my oldest blog and I do not want to transfer my posts.  I'll be inspired to write more here again, I'm sure.

Carla Blazek of Zena Musings and Women at Rest posted DailyOm's 10 tips for "Staying Grounded in a Big City or Busy World."  I found them to be excellent so I decided to post them here.  May you find them useful.

  1. Live simply and live deliberately. By choosing not to get caught up in the details of this fast-paced world, you are doing your part to slow down the pace. You will also discover that you have more time to enjoy being alive.

  2. Stay in touch with yourself. Soul searching, meditation, and journaling are just a few of the many activities you can take part in to stay aware and learn as much as you can about your emotions, reactions, likes, dislikes, dreams, and fears. Having a solid sense of self gives you a firm foundation for living in this world.

  3. Support or teach others as often as you can. This can help you form connections with people while also giving you an opportunity to make the world a better place.

  4. Consciously choose what you will allow into your being. The media bombards us with visions of hate, war, and pain. Be judicious about what you read, watch, and listen to.

  5. Acknowledge the beauty that resides around you. Whether you live in a sprawling metropolis or a stereotypical suburb, there are natural and man-made wonders just waiting to be discovered by you.

  6. Nurture your ties to your tribe. If you don’t have one, create a community that you can belong to. Modern life can be isolating. When you have a tribe, you have a circle that you are a part of. Its members -- loved ones, friends, or neighbors -- can be a source of support, caring, guidance, and companionship.

  7. See the larger picture. Remember that the way that you choose to live is not the only way to live. Widen your perspective by exploring other modes of being through research, travel, and discussion.

  8. Embrace the challenges that life presents to you, and challenge yourself often. After a time, even the most exciting jobs or lifestyles can seem routine. Never stop assimilating new knowledge about whatever you are doing, and your life will never seem dull.

  9. Move your body. In this busy world, it can be easy to live a sedentary life. Movement reacquaints us with our bodies and connects us to the earth in a visceral way. It also restores our vitality.

  10. Make time for stillness, silence, and solitude. The world can be noisy, and we are subject to all kinds of noises nearly every waking hour. We are also often "on the go" and unable to relax. Being alone in a peaceful place and making time for quiet can help you stay in touch with yourself.

Thoughtful Thursday

My Thoughtful Thursday post is up at Texty Ladies where I talk about Julia Cameron's book, "The Sound of Paper."  I hope you'll go have a look and show me some comment love!

A Fun Meme

I found a fun meme on Zena Musings and enjoyed her answers so much that I decided to play too! If you join in the fun, please leave a comment here so I can read your answers. I enjoy learning random things about friends.
 

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Mission 101 2009


Finally.  Here is my complete list of 101 goals to be completed in 1001 days.

CREATIVITY & PERSONAL ENRICHMENT

1.   Make more time for reading.  It is one of my favorite pastimes but I rarely have time to indulge in it.  This may not sound like a lot but in 1001 days, I want to have read 65 books.    (0/65)

2.   Find and take a class in art journaling.

3.   Read more steampunk and cyberpunk literature.

4.   Go on a creative retreat.

5.   Spend one lunch hour per week at Caribou or elsewhere observing humanity and getting inspired.

6.   Go to at least two new galleries each year.  (0/6)

7.   Attend a starving artist fair.

8.   Draw at least three times a week.

9.   Take a watercolor class or classes.

10. Learn more about photography and use my camera more often.

 

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Update

Just a quick post tonight as I'm falling asleep as I type.  I've posted my second Simply Kind Tuesdays blog at A Touch of Inspiration.  My completed 101 goals list will be posted here tomorrow.  That's all I've got tonight so, over and out.

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