Liz Andra Shaw

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This is Real Life #29

July 31st, 2015
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Weekly Check In

I do seem to be sleeping better, because I’m dreaming every night. Even so, my energy level is really low and I am dragging through the afternoons. I made an appointment to get some prolotherapy done for this crazy clavicle. I’ll do that on Tuesday. I am hopeful this will help relieve some of the pain.

WordPress was messing around with the spacing on this post. Was there an update recently? Even fixing the HTML manually didn’t work. WordPress just kept putting back the bad spacing. So if this ends up looking weird, I apologize. WordPress was just more stubborn that I was today.

My Instagram Post of the Week

#fractal #digitalart #justmessingaround

A photo posted by Liz Shaw (@toastmasterliz) on

Reading

  • At home, I’m about 85% done with The Terran Gambit by Endi Webb. Although I’m enjoying it more than I expected, I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to a 10 book series. I’m in the middle of the climax now, so I’ll have to see how the author works this out before I decide.

 

 

 

  • In the car, I’m carrying Cyber Way by Alan Dean Foster. This is an art theft set in the future. Parts of the story line deal with traditional Navajo sand painting and a police investigation on the rez. That part reminds me of a Tony Hillerman novel. On the other hand, the mag levs and spinners are really cool, and I want them now! Love that part of sci fi. I’m about halfway through the book and enjoying it immensely.

 

 

 

The Song of the Week

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Good Things that Happened this Week

    • Good massage on Monday. Got some kinks out of the deltoid and rhomboids.

 

  • I learned how to make a card disappear at Toastmasters Tuesday night. So… I know how, but I can’t actually do it. Something about practice?

 

 

  • It was very nice pool weather this week, until Friday when Arizona remembered that it was supposed to be the monsoon and dumped on my evening swim.

 

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 Inspiration for the Week

Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without. – Gautama Buddha

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

I have enjoyed this month’s practice of meditation. It was very liberating to realize that meditation does not have to mean that you sit quietly in a lotus position and empty your mind. I practice breathing meditation, chanting, and walking meditation this month. All of them were very effective at lowering my stress level and creating inner peace. I will continue doing them. The practice for August is mindfulness, so tomorrow, I will be working on how that will look in my life.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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Lola carried music with her - 8 inch square oil on woodTime passes
7G2A92952015 ICAD-55
HORSE ON THE HILLGhost Ship I
2015 ICAD-54Garden (July 19, 2015)
Yesterday's #monoprints; today's collage inspiration #gelliplatea wet summers night
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Gelli of the Week #1

July 29th, 2015
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I decided that I would share here some of my gelli prints with you.  These are all stored at Flickr at a size where you can print them out and use them for backgrounds in your art journal or cut up for collage pieces. I’m starting with the very first print I ever made on my 8″ x 10″ Gelli Arts plate. I hadn’t started layering yet, but I really like this anyway.

If you use this in your journal, I’d love it if you’d share with me.

Gelli Print 001

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This is Real Life #28

July 25th, 2015
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Weekly Check In

I had my annual check in with my knee doc this week. I asked him about the hypermobility in the clavicle, and he gave me the bad news that there is nothing traditional medicine can do for it. I’m now going to pursue prolotherapy, even though my insurance will not pay for it.

My Instagram Post of the Week

#artjournal #mixedmedia #stencilgirl

A photo posted by Liz Shaw (@toastmasterliz) on

Reading

At home, I finished Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius and really enjoyed it. Now I’m reading The Terran Gambit by Endi Webb. It’s military sci fi. I’m about a quarter of the way through, but I haven’t made up my mind about it yet. It’s promising enough that I’ll keep going.

I’m still reading The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo at work. It’s actually book 1 and 2 in the the series bundled together. I’m about halfway through, so I must be close to finishing book 1. I’m still really enjoying it.

Thanks to my doctor appointment, I finished my car book, Snagged by Carol Higgins Clark. It was a nice cozy mystery, so easy to read and enjoy. I just started Cyber Way by Alan Dean Foster, an old paperback I probably picked up at a garage sale. You can’t go wrong with Foster. So far, there’s been a murder and theft/destruction of a piece of Navajo art. Can’t wait to see where this goes.

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Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I slept well enough a couple nights this week to be able to dream. That was nice!
  • I gave 3 speeches this week, including a retelling of the David and Goliath story that went over very well.
  • I got a beautiful handmade card from my cousin, Rebecca. It has a butterfly on it. I love butterflies!
  • Perfect pool weather this week with no evening monsoon storms. Ah!
  • We were supposed to have a big audit at work, so we were all on pins and needles. Then they didn’t show, and it turned out to be a miscommunication. We’ll eventually have the audit, but now there’s more time to make the changes in the file system we want to make.

Round and About

Junk Journals on Pinterest

Recycled Art: 66 Masterpieces Made From Junks

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 7/19/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1438 Word of the Week – Raucous.

Inspiration for the Week

What is done is done. What is over is over. We are meant to move forward; we are meant to progress. Everything natural and beautiful and true and living was designed to constantly be renewing itself, progressing, living living living and then dying — going on to the next step of its life cycle. When we clench old things in our hands, we prevent new things from being able to hold hands with us. New experiences, new things to learn, new relationships, new things that we don’t even know exist yet.

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Today is a great day to finally let go. It will be okay. In fact, it will be incredible. -Melody Ross, Brave Girls Club

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

I had a lot of opportunity to practice breathing meditation at work this week. When I say I had opportunity, I mean that I needed to do it. I’m happy to say that this is becoming almost automatic in stressful moments. It has also helped me clear my mind before I leave work so that the stress stays there. I’ve really enjoyed June and July as this practice has made a big difference in my inner peace.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.
Whispering
Whispering by Lee Acaster

A Delicate Sunset
A Delicate Sunset by Matt Gantz

Uneasy Pictures page 18
Uneasy Pictures page 18 by Bob May

Week 29 Sneak Peek #thedocumentedlifeproject #documented #dlp #dlp2015 #guesses #arttothe5th #angelsamongus with @sandikeene @raemissigman @robenmarie
“Week 29 Sneak Peek #thedocumentedlifeproject by Lorraine Bell

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Untitled by Alison Scarpulla

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This is Real Life #27

July 18th, 2015
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Weekly Checking

I’m finally starting to make some progress in reaching across my body, but it’s still slow and awkward. I needed some glimmer of hope, though, and I got it. I found a new way to use the pool noodle to stretch the internal rotators, which in turn led to the discovery of all new places to be sore. It’s all good!

My Instagram Post of the Week

#gelliprint #acrylicpaint #oilpastels #visualization

A photo posted by Liz Shaw (@toastmasterliz) on

Reading

I made myself read 25% of Airspace by David Hales and then I couldn’t go on. I picked up Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius, which was recommended to me by a friend at work. I am really enjoying this amazing story.

The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo is really growing on me. I can hardly wait for lunch hour so that I can dive into it again.

I didn’t get much reading done in my car book, Snagged by Carol Higgins Clark, this week, but am still enjoying the bits I’ve been able to read.

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Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Lovely naps on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Got in the pool every day this week. Perfect weather.
  • Gave a speech at Toastmasters Tuesday night – my vision for my year as President. Very pleased with the reception.
  • I got my ATC trade from Catherine Mommsen Scott and love it. She really does things up nicely!

Round and About

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

5 historical synonyms for procrastinate

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 7/12/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1427 Starting an Epidemic.

Inspiration for the Week

“Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we walk here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn’t ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love.”
-John Daniel

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

Still working on a breathing meditation this week. Every so often, I found myself silently repeating the word “peace” while I was listening to one of the clients at work vent in my direction. It worked, so maybe I’ll give the chanting meditation a try again, but in English this time. Peace is a nice word, and it’s what this year is all about.

I had an accident this weekend. I backed into another car in the parking lot. I was surprisingly calm about it. What I noticed is that the other person was not, but as I remained calm and centered, she became that as well. We ended up having a good conversation about what a dork I had been. I’m not happy this happened, but I’m not stressed out about it either. I think this meditation thing is working.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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possibilities
Possibilities by Silke Rieger

Digital collage
Digital Collage by Genevieve Crabe

Beautiful & Brave Journal Class
Beautiful and brave journal class by Vicki Bridges

superboy ATC
Super Boy by glenda tkalac

Mother & Daughter at Inti Raymi, Ottovalo
Mother & Daughter at Inti Raymi, Ottovalo by Ross Moore

Together We Are Stronger
Together We Are Stronger by Danny O’Connor

A Pot of Gold
A Pot of Gold by Janet Martinez

Eye of the Ocean..
Eye of the Ocean by Ismail Can Tüfekci

DSC_8629+
DSC_8629+ by JEAN PIERRE BOISTE

garden of earthly delights
garden of earthly delights by Diana Benitez

2015 ICAD-44
2015 ICAD-44 by RuthArt

Condamine Headwaters
Condamine Headwaters by Lizzie

The Milky Way over the Castle of Methoni, Greece
The Milky Way over the Castle of Methoni, Greece by Alexandros Maragos

Alchemy |  Miniature Artist Book | Catherine Mommsen Scott
Alchemy | Miniature Artist Book by Catherine Mommsen Scott

New Wallpapers

Dolphin Pod by National Geographic
The Perfect Ride by National Geographic

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This is Real Life #26

July 11th, 2015
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Weekly Check In

I finally had my annual oncology visit. The blood work was beautifully normal. I am now officially 15 years clean!

On the shoulder front, I feel very stuck right now. My sternoclavicular joint has been very painful this week, and I notice that subconciously I’m tending to protect it. That means I’m restricting my movement, which isn’t good for my shoulder.

My Instagram Post of the Week

#postcard #gelliprint #acrylicpaint #oilpastels #artjournalemporium

A photo posted by Liz Shaw (@toastmasterliz) on

Reading

I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, finally catching up with the rest of the world. I haven’t watched the movies yet, so maybe still some catching up to do.

I’m going to make another stab at reading Airspace by David Hales.

The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo now has a baby dragon as a main character, so, of course, you know that I’m starting to love it.

I finished Unspeakable by Sandra Brown. Enjoyed it so much that I passed it on to a lucky friend. Now I’m reading Snagged by Carol Higgins Clark. I’ve gotten far enough into it to know it’s going to be fun!

The Song of the Week

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Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Ran my first meeting as President of Maverick Toastmasters on Tuesday and attended TLI on Friday. Very excited for this year!
  • Enjoying my daily time in the pool. It’s a great place to meditate, too.

Round and About

Wearable technology can help with public speaking – now if they would include some indication of the time in these, I’d buy them!

These Amazing Temporary Artworks Are Made Of Sand

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 7/5/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1421 Women at War.

Inspiration for the Week

If you have enough understanding and love, then every moment — whether it’s spent making breakfast, driving the car, watering the garden, or doing anything else in your day — can be a moment of joy. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

I felt silly chanting in Sanskrit, so I gave it up after one attempt. I’m back to breathing as a meditation. I especially love doing it while floating in the pool while I can hear myself breathe and hear my heartbeat.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.

Lavender, Sun And Spiderwebs
Lavender, Sun And Spiderwebs by Alfred Grupstra

Happy Independence day
Happy Independence day by ? SilverFish and Friends

ICAD #34 - "Don't look, Ethel!"
ICAD #34 – “Don’t look, Ethel!” by Jo

Digital collage
Digital collage by Genevieve Crabe

stoney creek
stoney creek by garryavenell

Old Bombo Headland Quarry
Old Bombo Headland Quarry by Simon Lee

COVER: ABSTRACT
COVER: ABSTRACT by Pabbell Cruz

Vintage with a quote. Swapbot.
Vintage with a quote. Swapbot. by Leigh Mackie

Digital collage
Digital collage by Genevieve Crabe

# 3410 "Can't Breakaway"
# 3410 “Can’t Breakaway” by Scott Bergey

s t r i a t e d | marin county, california
s t r i a t e d | marin county, california by Lorenzo Montezemolo

Detail #quilt All That Glitters. All fabric painted on #gelliarts #gelliplate @gelliarts using #stencils. More on my blog. Link in profile.
Detail #quilt All That Glitters. All fabric painted on #gelliarts #gelliplate @gelliarts using #stencils. by Frieda Oxenham

13/101
12/101 by Sandis Helvigs

New Wallpapers

Between Land and Sky from National Geographic
Skies Below from National Geographic
Planet Iceland from National Geographic

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This is Real Life #25

July 4th, 2015
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Weekly Check In

I’ve been increasingly concerned with the hypermobility at my sternoclavicular joint – that’s where the clavicle meets the breastbone. I went to see a chiropracter this week and it was the first time a professional has validated my concern about this. I’m not sure he’s going to be able to do anything for me, however. The first treatment gave me some relief, but it disappeared as soon as I slept overnight. My best option may be prolotherapy, but I’ll give the chiropracter a few more visits before giving up.

My Instagram Post of the Week

#ATC #mixedmedia #gelliprint #stencil #oilpastels #artjournalemporium

A photo posted by Liz Shaw (@toastmasterliz) on

Reading

I finished Murder on the Page by Kennedy Chase. It was a fun cozy mystery. Quite a nice teaser at the end that has me contemplating purchasing the next book in the series.

I started Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I haven’t gotten very far in it yet, but am looking forward to a lot of time reading during this long weekend.

I still haven’t gotten very far in The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo at work, but I’ve gotten far enough to start enjoying it and am looking forward to spending time in this world.

I’m about 75% of the way through Unspeakable by Sandra Brown and it’s really getting good.

The Song of the Week

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Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Had a great Maverick Toastmasters meeting this week. It was my last week as VP Ed. Next week, we start the new year and I am President.
  • I’m finally on the last Harry Potter book! So excited to see how it turns out.
  • I trained my replacement as VP Ed, and I think she’s going to do a great job.
  • I had a refreshing swim in a soft summer rain shower on Friday morning. It was really delightful.

Round and About

The Daily Muse: Cordula Kagemann, Mixed Media / Collage Artist
The Writing Landscape

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 6/28/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1416 Mystical Experiences.

Inspiration for the Week

“Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore.” -Stefan Zweig

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

My July practice for inner peace is meditation. I have never been good at meditation, I think because I feel that I am supposed to make my mind blank. Nope, can’t do it. I am going to try chanting meditation. I am going to try the Om Shanti Shanti Shanti mantra this week. Shanti is Sanscrit for peace. We’ll see how that goes. I have a meditation timer app on my phone so I can start with a short time and build up.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.

Digital painting and collage
Digital painting and collage by Genevieve Crabe

White Sands
White Sands by Matt Granz

A Storm off of Carabelle.
A Storm off of Carabelle. by Terra Kate

In tandem
In tandem by Elné

Vacation (June 29, 2015)
Vacation (June 29, 2015) by Melissa Connolly

... un sentiero ...
… un sentiero … by Felice Miccadei

Transience
Transience by marc-andré tragé

New Wallpapers

Tree Top from National Geographic

The Best Seat in Yosemite from National Geographic

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This is Real Life #24

June 26th, 2015
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I had my mammogram this week. I’m at the 15 year mark, and it still makes me nervous. Such a relief to hear the news that it was clear. I see the oncologist in a couple weeks to go over the blood work and have the clinical exam.

I feel like I’m finally making some progress in reaching behind my back. It’s slow and painful, but it’s definitely better. It’s the hottest time of the year here in Phoenix, and my pool feels like a nice warm bath. Not very refreshing, but I think it’s helping my muscles relax.

My Instagram Post of the Week

#postcard #mixedmedia #oilpastels #acrylicpaint #gelliprint #artjournalemporium

A photo posted by Liz Shaw (@toastmasterliz) on

Reading

I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and loved it. I can’t check out the final book in the series until July 1st and I’m dying. I don’t know how people waited 2 years between the books if they were reading as they were published! I picked up a cozy mystery to tide me over. Murder on the Page by Kennedy Chase is an entertaining read. I think it will distract me for a bit.

I finished Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals by Caldwell Andrew. I really enjoyed the book, and learned a lot about the final days of a wide variety of people. I don’t think I’ll be trying any of the recipes, though. I just started The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo at work. I haven’t gotten far enough into to tell whether I’ll like it or not.

I still have Unspeakable by Sandra Brown as my car book. I’m about halfway through, and it’s really getting good.

The Song of the Week





Watching


Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I got some intriguing news for one of my Toastmasters clubs this week – won’t be official for a while, but I’m very excited.
  • I seem to be sleeping better.
  • Tangie Baxter’s Junque Journal class started this week. I’m having a lot of fun with it!

Round and About

Autistic 5-Year-Old Expresses Herself Through Her Extraordinary Art

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 6/21/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1407 Achieving the Impossible.

Inspiration for the Week

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” – Stephen King

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

I have been working on breathing like this:

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.

ICAD #19 - I Have Seen Much
ICAD #19 – I Have Seen Much by Jo

The Old Windmill in the Storm
The Old Windmill in the Storm by Matt Granz

Digital collage and painting
Digital collage and painting by Genevieve Crabe

The Ground Scraper
The Ground Scraper by Matt Granz

g r o v e | marin county, california
g r o v e | marin county, california by Lorenzo Montezemolo

#rain_drops_on_spider_waves
#rain_drops_on_spider_waves by Salman Al Nafis

zentangle horse collage
zentangle horse collage by Diana Benitez

Midori_tipin_create_web
Midori_tipin_create_web by JREpics

New Wallpapers

Energy Flow from National Geographic

A Peek at Yoho from National Geographic

Bay Breach from National Geographic

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This is Real Life #23

June 20th, 2015
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Weekly Check In

This week was much better – I was in the pool every day. And this week was worse – we found a new area full of crunchies from being in the sling. As we’re breaking those up, I’m having increased pain and trouble sleeping. I’m excited that I’ve figured out some great new stretches to do with a pool noodle. I’m finally making some progress in the behind the back manuver thanks to the noodle!

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram post of the week

Reading

I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. It’s the best book of the series so far. I really loved Harry’s anger and Dumbledore’s apology. I enjoyed it so much, I started Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince right away.

I finished Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins at work. I think a 10 year old would love this book. Moving on. Now I’m reading Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals by Caldwell Andrew, an unusual choice for me. I’ve never been big on history, but this is really entertaining. Lots of recipes, but not many that I’d actually make.

I still have Unspeakable by Sandra Brown as my car book. I didn’t get much read in it this week, but it seems like it’s going to be a good thriller.

The Song of the Week




Watching

This week I’ve been listening rather than watching. The fabulous Bebe Butler is hosting a series of discussions on how art heals and makes us whole called The Painted Guru series. Go over there and sign up for it. Pure gold.

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Been busy at work bringing in lots of new kids.
  • We found that really deep place in my bicep that has been so problematic. Great to finally start breaking it up.
  • Good Toastmasters meeting on Tuesday with Maverick.
  • Enjoyed dinner out with my folks on Wednesday for some Indian food.

Round and About

8 Google Views That Go Way Off-Grid
Google Goes to Everest
Why Music Makes You Happy

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 6/14/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1400 Filled with a Longing for the Wild.

Inspiration for the Week

My body is a compass — and it does not lie. -Terry Tempest Williams

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

My favorite place to practice breathing is in the pool, floating on my back. I especially love to do that at night while looking up at the stars and moon. This always relieves any stress I’m feeling and helps me fall to sleep more easily.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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Julian Machann
Julian Machann by Jarrod Renaud

Just a stopped octopus-project
Just a stopped octopus-project by John Wilhelm is a photoholic

Spaghettitime
Spaghettitime by John Wilhelm is a photoholic

You're More than Just a Number
You’re More than Just a Number by Jo

Storm over the Abandonment
Storm over the Abandonment by Matt Granz

Forest Through the Flowers
Forest Through the Flowers by Janet Martinez

Experimenting. Art journal page
Experimenting. Art journal page by Tracy Scott

We've been lucky. Paper and Stitch collage
We’ve been lucky. Paper and Stitch collage by Lynette Collis

More Moos
More Moos by Catherine Mommsen Scott

GOLDEN WISHING TREE, I WISH.............................
GOLDEN WISHING TREE, I WISH……………………….. by Lizzie

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фото by Adam Daoud

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This is Real Life #22

June 13th, 2015
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Weekly Check In

This wasn’t a very good week. I was very sick Sunday and Monday. By Tuesday, I was hovering back on this side of the line between life and death. I didn’t make it into the pool until Friday, which means that I spent most of the week feeling tight and sore. I’ll be working that out this week.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram post of the week

Reading

I finished The Magicians by Lev Grossman. The ending surprised me, and it made me happy. I’m now reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling.

I’m still reading Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins at work. I’m almost done with it. It’s fun, but it seems like it’s for a younger audience than her YA novels.

I finished Marley and Me by John Grogan, but I had to banish it from the car after laughing and crying way too publically while dining at Red Robin. What a great book! I almost hate the see the movie – it can’t be as good as the book. Now I have Unspeakable by Sandra Brown in the car, but haven’t started it yet.

The Song of the Week




Watching




Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Numbers are up at work, and that’s great. A lot of work for me, but I’m so glad. We’ve been low too long.
  • The remnants of Hurricane Blanca finally moved on, the sun came out, and my weeklong headache cleared up. Yay for triple digits!
  • I’m sleeping a lot better this week.

Round and About

Green Lipped Mussels: Why Your Dog Needs Them!
14 Striking Pictures Show Power of Latin American Photographers
Newly Discovered Amelia Earhart Film Reignites Mystery

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 6/7/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1395 Memories are Fickle Companions.

Inspiration for the Week

“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” -Barbara Kingsolver

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

My monthly practice for June is breathing, and I had a lot of opportunity to practice it this week. Great way to help with nausea and to settle your stomach after heaving. It’s also helpful for headaches.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.
ICAD #6 - Dressed for Courtship
ICAD #6 – Dressed for Courtship by Jo

Good Morning
Good Morning by SilverFish and Friends

The Stars My Destination | Artist Book | Catherine Mommsen Scott
The Stars My Destination | Artist Book | Catherine Mommsen Scott by Catherine Mommsen Scott

Tomorrow_book_web
Tomorrow_book_web by JREpics

Owl
Owl by Lindsay Vanhove

Untitled
Untitled by ????

Detail from a spread in my #artjournal #vintagepaper
Detail from a spread in my #artjournal #vintagepaper by Frieda Oxenham

A Taste for Life
A Taste for Life by Frieda Oxenham

Lapices de colores - Colored pencils
Lapices de colores – Colored pencils by Daroo Photography

Forbidden
Forbidden by Lee Acaster

lightroom_8489
lightroom_8489 by JEAN PIERRE BOISTE

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The Milky Way over the Temple of Poseidon from Astronomy Picture of the Day
Ocean World from National Geographic

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This is Real Life #21

June 5th, 2015
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Weekly Check in

Slow and steady. I started using Green Lipped Mussels for the inflammation in my biceps, and that has helped decrease the pain quite a bit. I’m so impressed that I started giving it to my older dog.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram Post of the Week

Reading

I’m almost done withThe Magicians by Lev Grossman. Enjoying this immensely. Any similarity with a Harry Potter book is gone about halfway through this book. This is written for adults. There are parallel to the Amber series by Zelazney and the Narnia books by Lewis that I’m really loving.

I finished Seer’s Blood by Doranna Durgin at work and started Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Yep, that Suzanne Collins of the Hunger Games. This book feels aimed to a slightly younger age, but is still a fun read.

I’m still reading Marley and Me by John Grogan as my car book.

The Song of the Week




Watching



Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I’ve been worried about numbers at work, but we got good news this week. We’ll stay open, and my job will be more important than ever in moving us forward.
  • My mom and dad are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary this week and are still going strong.
  • Nice big storm this week. Love the rain and slightly cooler temps.
  • Gave a speech on Tuesday and was fairly happy with it.

Round and About

Why Can’t Dogs Recognize Us on Our Phones and Tablets?
The Untold Story of Monopoly’s Tiny Houses and Hotels
Enchanted forests sculpted entirely from cardboard – wow!

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 5/31/15.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Prompt #1389 Word of the Week – Irascible.

Inspiration for the Week

“Flowers do not force their way with great strife. Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun. Don’t be in a hurry about spiritual matters. Go step by step and be very sure.” – White Eagle

Monthly Practice toward Inner Peace

I am trying to do short periods of deep breathing through the day. I am also trying to do it at night when I’m having trouble getting comfortable in bed so that I can fall asleep. I notice that it does help at work. I’m not noticing that big an effect in bed, but I’m going to keep working on it.

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.

Early light 121029
Early light 121029 by Pete Huu

# 3395 "The Art Cultivator"
# 3395 “The Art Cultivator” by Scott Bergey

Memories
Memories by Andrine Bauge

Silverback Gorilla
Silverback Gorilla by Danny O’Connor

True Colors
True Colors by marc-andré tragé

Untitled
Untitled by Redmer Hoekstra

Terry - 8X8
Terry – 8X8 by Brian Kasstle

Untitled
Untitled by 麥蓮意識

New Wallpapers

Dancing with the Moon from National Geographic

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