Liz Andra Shaw

Journey into the Creative Mind of a Writing Reader

Natural Beauty

November 26th, 2014
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Natural Beauty

I generally don’t feel very beautiful. I’m aging, and I’m in denial about it. I dye my hair. I dress the same way I did 20 years ago. Then I’m shocked when I look in the mirror and still see an old woman staring back at me. Time can be really harsh.

I made this digital collage to remind myself that beauty is an attitude. It’s not about the dye or the clothes or the waistline. It’s an inner belief that I create and nourish every day.

I am a natural beauty, and age has nothing to do with it.

Credit: Digital collage by Liz Shaw with elements from Artspiration Studio (Tangie Baxter and Rebecca McMeen)
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The Scattered Life Collective #10

November 22nd, 2014
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The Scattered Life Collective

On the Menu

I’m still working on the pizza crust copycat recipe. I will get it! (eventually)

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram post of the week

The Song of the Week

And because one song by K.D. Lang is never enough.

Watching


I don’t know what those little scooter things are, but I totally want one!

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I had a great time teaching my dad to use my Big Shot. He is going to be making Christmas cards with folks at a nursing home, and so he cut out about a hundred Christmas trees.
  • I got to “audition” for Tippie’s role in The Birds for Table Topics at Toastmasters this week. It was quite silly and fun!

Round and About

Lots of links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 11/16/14.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Word of the Week – Glower.

Inspiration for the Week

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy.” ~Eckhart Tolle

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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map-readers
map-readers by Claudia MB

Rough Diamond
Rough Diamond by marc-andré tragé

The land of the wild
The land of the wild by HOWLD

Still-life with Grapefruit & Cherries
Cherries by Sandra Strait

the message
the message by Bob May

HSG
HSG by marc-andré tragé

New Wallpapers

The Stormy Shores of Durban from National Geographic
A Wonder of Planet Earth from The World at Night

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The Scattered Life Collective #9

November 14th, 2014
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On the Menu

I finally made the Po’ Man’s Bread. It’s a cross between a corn tortilla and a pancake. It was OK, but nothing to blog about.

This weekend I’m going to try to replicate the gluten-free pizza crust at my favorite pizza place. If I manage something edible, I’ll let you know!

My Instagram Post of the Week

digital collage with gratitude theme

Reading

I finished Soul Catcher by Frank Herbert today. I can’t decide how I feel about it. There are deep truths here, buried within a terrible tale of Stockholm Syndrome. I couldn’t put it down.

The Song of the Week


This is one of my favorite albums. So relaxing! I needed this after this week.

Watching


Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I finished Carolyn Dube’s fabulous One Pull Wonders class.
  • I started Tangie Baxter’s Photoshop for Mixed Media and am up to the advanced level. I’m having a lot of fun!
  • I won best evaluator at Toastmasters.
  • I had a great time doing WiiU Fit games with my parents. Some of those are harsh!

Round and About

The Lives of America’s War Dogs

Get More Out of the Books You Read With an Idea Index

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for November 9.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Scandinavian Trolls on Christmas.

Inspiration for the Week

I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
-Natasha Bedingfield

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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Wish Upon A Star
Wish Upon A Star by Elné

Live Love Laugh art journal
Live Love Laugh art journal by Vicki Bridges

The Prophecy | Catherine Mommsen Scott
The Prophecy by Catherine Mommsen Scott

IMG_1093
IMG_1093 by Deepeningblue

Untitled
Untitled by 麥蓮意識

Flocking
Flocking by jellyfire

Chihuahuan Desert, Dragoon Mountains, Village of Dragoon, Southeast Arizona, USA
Chihuahuan Desert, Dragoon Mountains, Village of Dragoon, Southeast Arizona, USA by Catherine Mommsen Scott

Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona by Matt Granz

New Wallpapers

Royal Velvet from National Geographic
A Perilous Profession by National Geographic
Kallur Lighthouse from National Geographic
Tasty from National Geographic

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The Scattered Life Collective #8

November 7th, 2014
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On the Menu

I am hanging my head in shame. I only got out of my pajamas long enough to weed the front yard last weekend, so I never made it to the store to pick up the ingredients for Po’ Man’s Bread. Again. Maybe the third weekend will be the charm.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram post of the week

Reading

This week I finished reading The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon. I am not linking to this book, because I honestly thought it was one of the worst books I’ve ever read by a best-selling author. Granted, it was written in 1991, and a lot has changed about what we want in books nowadays. I was ready to cut it some slack on that account, but then I picked up Harry Harrison’s West of Eden, which is 7 years older than the Sheldon book. This book is excellent. It could easily be published today in the sci fi/fantasy genre. Ironically, both of these books have identical ratings on GoodReads. Maybe I’m crazy.

I did have some fun with the Sheldon book at Toastmasters, though. We used prompts from each chapter to create a collaborative story. I do believe that we ended up with a better story and ending than the original novel.

The Song of the Week

Not my usual style, but this caught my ear this week.

Watching


I just love Carolyn Dube. This is one of her earlier videos, and I’m inspired to try this out soon!

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • The day time temps dropped into the 70s earlier this week, and I actually am wearing a jacket to work in the mornings. Although it was up into the 80s again the last couple of days, this is such a relief after what seemed like a summer that wasn’t going to ever let go.
  • Eula showed up at Toastmasters this week for the first time in a long time and totally rocked Table Topics. You have no idea how lucky you are that I didn’t post a video of Tiny Tim singing Tiptoe through the Tulips this week. I was sorely tempted!
  • The cook at work made curried cauliflower this week. The kids don’t really like it, but I LOVE it. I did the little happy dance for the cooks.
  • It’s monthly blog-a-thon week. I am writing this from Rio Rico Mexican Grill in Gilbert, AZ, where I am enjoying the company of my blogging friends.
  • I set my mom and dad up on the Wii U Fit. They did well on the baseline balance test. I’m hoping to find that they have been doing the daily exercises when I go visit them next week.

Round and About

Imperfectly Our Best Selves

The Winners of the 50th Annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Daily Muse: Mike Bennion, Assemblage Artist

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 11/2/14.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Tender is the Night.

Inspiration for the Week

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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HipstaPrint
HipstaPrint by dimakk

Bryce is Nice
Bryce is Nice by Matt Granz

skeleton II
skeleton II by Andrea Holzner

A quote I like combined with small finds from yesterday's walk home from school with my little guy. #botanical #photography #gratitude #quote #happiness #handschrift #handwriting #lettering #ink #experimenting #handlettering #muji
A quote I like by Jana @ TangledPen

Morning near Crescent City
Morning near Crescent City by wittap

Bat-eared Fox - Otocyon megalotis, Tsavo West NP, Nov 11
Bat-eared Fox – Otocyon megalotis, Tsavo West NP, Nov 11 by Peter Steward

From the ground up
From the ground up by Ingólfur Bjargmundsson

New Wallpapers

Turkey Tail from National Geographic

Owl in the Snow from National Geographic

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The Scattered Life Collective #7

October 31st, 2014
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On the Menu

I never got around to the Po’ Man’s Bread last weekend, so I’ll try it this weekend.

My Instagram Post of the Week

door prize winner
Love this shot of Emi. She won the door prize – my painting! I’m so happy that she got it because she wanted it (and she lives close so I can go visit it).

The Song of the Week

And seriously, you can’t watch that without watching this, too.

Watching

Regular Division from Joe Hamilton on Vimeo.

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • My mom and dad got back safely from California and found their new WiiU waiting for them. I went over to set it up, and we had a great time bowling.
  • I finally finished the abstract Elvis and gave it to my boss. He seemed to like it. I love how it turned out.
  • My Toastmasters club does an annual Spooky Tales contest, and I serve as the emcee posing as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. We had over 40 people there this year, 10 spooky tales, and a really ferocious costume competition. Lots of fun!
  • We held a Halloween party for the kids at work, including pinatas and karaoke. Surprisingly fun!

Round and About

How to Deal With Other People’s Difficult Emotions

Rewiring for Happiness

Accept Them as They Are

The Daily Muse: Kinga Britschgi, Digital Artist & Designer

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 10/26/14.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Three A.M..

Inspiration for the Week

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ~Deepak Chopra

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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Idyll

Idyll by jellyfire

Leaf Page
Leaf Page by Frieda Oxenham

CCI26102014
CCI26102014 by Erin Johnson

IMG_1672
IMG_1672 by Peter von zur Muehlen

Sun Burst through Alamo Oak

Sun Burst through Alamo Oak by wittap

Spread 0182 - Shadow of a Man
Spread 0182 – Shadow of a Man by Brian Kasstle

Untitled
Untitled by Raisn D’Etre

DSC_7520
DSC_7520 by marc-andré tragé

I see you...
I see you… by Håkan Nilsson

Mini journal page inspired by the lovely Kate Crane
Mini journal page inspired by the lovely Kate Crane by Tracy Scott

The Alps
The Alps by Conor MacNeill

Debbies Garden October 2014
Debbies Garden October 2014 by Susan Giannantonio

New Wallpapers

The Blue Universe from National Geographic

Through the Woods from National Geographic

The Milky Way over Devil’s Tower from Astronomy Picture of the Day

Turtle Power by National Geographic

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The Scattered Life Collective #6

October 24th, 2014
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On the Menu

The Blue Boar Inn Pork Tenderloin was delicious! A nice sweetness without being overwhelming. I would highly recommend it.

This weekend I’m going to try a recipe called Po’ Man’s Bread from a church fundraising cookbook. I couldn’t find an equivalent recipe online. If it turns out, I’ll share it here. It does require 2 egg whites, so I’ll have to substitute something. I’m considering some of the substitutions listed here. I have the Energ-G egg replacer, but I generally don’t get good results with it. I’m leaning toward the vinegar and baking powder right now. I work with a trained pastry chef, so perhaps I’ll bend her ear and see what she thinks would work best. It looks like this is a flat bread, so that makes it a little easier. Maybe.

My Instagram Post of the Week


This is an art journal page in progress. So excited to get a dip pen and play with it!

Reading

Will Mindfulness Become Another Self-Help Fad?

The Question of Forgiveness… and it is a Question

Back to Everest in 2015?

Sorrow on the Mountain

The Song of the Week

Above and Beyond Pres Oceanlab from shoop3D on Vimeo.

Watching

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I forgot Boss’ Day, so I somehow ended up promising my boss an abstract Elvis painting. I’ve been working on that this week, and I love how it’s turning out.
  • I won Table Topics at my Toastmasters meeting on Tuesday. I was given a headline and had to convince an editor that it belonged on the cover of the National Enquirer. My assigned headline: Fisherman Attacked by Giant Shrimp. Hey, that story practically writes itself!
  • I won Best Speech at my Toastmasters meeting on Wednesday for giving my 10th Ice Breaker. It was the weirdest Ice Breaker ever, but since I’ve done so many, there’s just no point in doing the same old thing.
  • I’m doing a blog-a-thon tonight (Thursday) with 2 good friends. Mexican food, margaritas, laughs, and blogging. What could be better?

Round and About

I was honored to see that I was featured on Carolyn Dube’s blog for some of my work in the One Pull Wonders class.

Be Weird

Adventurous Mountaineers Scale the Alps for Incredible Photos

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 10/19/14.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Honey.

Inspiration for the Week

she was born to shine

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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Together
Together by Rohan Reilly

2008-12-10 Death Valley Dune - Final 7-7-2011 750
2008-12-10 Death Valley Dune – Final 7-7-2011 750 by Cole Thompson

4.55 ante meridiem
4.55 ante meridiem by Vesa Pihanurmi

Namibia, Sossusvlei
Namibia, Sossusvlei by Dietmar Temps

try approving
try approving by Silke Rieger

Cloudbusting
Cloudbusting by jellyfire

Thirty-six: Dreams
Thirty-six: Dreams by Eva Thöni

Gray Jay in flight
Gray Jay in flight by lironsnaturephotography.com

112234566
112234566 by Bernd Schumann

Rain
Rain by marc-andré tragé

Untitled
Untitled by A. S.

Reflection of her soul
Reflection of her soul by Foufinha

New Wallpapers

Napoleon Invasion at National Geographic

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The Scattered Life Collective #5

October 17th, 2014
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On the Menu

This weekend I am going to try Blue Boar Inn Pork Tenderloin. It looks easy and delicious. It should make some nice leftovers, too.

My Instagram Post of the Week

instagram post of the week

So excited about this canvas!

Reading

I am fascinated with mountaineering. I don’t do it, mind you. I just enjoy reading about it. The avalanche on Everest this year was terrifying, but I hope the media attention will change conditions for the sherpas. They are the backbone of mountaineering in the Himalyas. The climbing season was over back in May or June, so I wasn’t expecting today’s news: Surprise Blizzard, Avalanches Kill Hikers in Himalaya Mountains.

The Song of the Week


Love love love The Weepies!

Watching

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Work was productive this week, and at moments, even fun. I completely missed Boss Day, but the cooks pulled my can out of the fire. They got a cake together and the kids made cards. I had told Dave that we wouldn’t be doing anything, but at the end of the day we had a surprise party for him. He enjoyed it!
  • We had small turnouts at both my Toastmasters club, but that didn’t stop us from having really fun meetings. I learned that I have no idea about Mother Hubbard, and I should because she might be able to teach me some tricks for training Chinle.
  • I had a nice dinner with my folks, before they head out to California to celebrate my aunt’s 90th birthday.
  • Enjoyed sharing my love of journaling with one of the kids at work today. People always tell kids to journal about their feelings, but if you don’t show them how, it doesn’t work.

Round and About

Unstoppable Learning – I was so inspired when this aired on NPR. Glad to find the site where it is archived. Take a listen!

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 10/12/14.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: First Line of the Week – Marian Babson. Great journaling prompt!

Inspiration for the Week

“Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.” ~Steven Pressfield

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

Click through on these to learn more about the artists.

Mixed Media, Nature Inspired Writing Journal - Mini
Mixed Media, Nature Inspired Writing Journal – Mini by rosemari roast

IMG_0925
IMG_0925 by Deepeningblue

Bokeh toile d'araignée [The Bokeh Selection 2014-10-03]
Bokeh toile d’araignée [The Bokeh Selection 2014-10-03] by Quentin Douchet

(30/365) Bokeh
(30/365) Bokeh by TheMilkWay

Beneath the Noise of Water
Beneath the Noise of Water by Robin Macmillan

Winter Woods. 115
Winter Woods. 115 by Janis Doucette Sexton

New Wallpapers

The Birth of a Star at Twisted Sifter.

Storm over Daytona Beach at Twisted Sifter.

Follow the Leader at Twisted Sifter.

Autumn in Aomori at National Geographic

Rains in Africa from National Geographic

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The Scattered Life Collective #4

October 10th, 2014
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On the Menu

I’m competing in a speech contest this weekend, so I’m not even thinking about cooking this weekend. So maybe something I like to cook, like keema.

My Instagram Post of the Week

gelli print
This is a print from the One Pull Wonders class. I LOVE it!

Reading

The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner. Fast read.

The Song of the Week

Watching


I can’t resist this – it’s so awesome!

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • My best friend, Emi, took third place in her Division Contest. Awesome job! So glad I went to cheer her on. She really stepped her game up a couple of notches.
  • Great meeting of Think Tank Toastmasters on Saturday night.
  • Had a lot of fun playing Wii Bowling with my folks on Thursday night. They assigned me the avatar of one of their friends. It was only after I had bowled a terrible game that we noticed that the avatar is left handed. I dramatically skewed their friend’s average due to my bad bowling. Sad to think that I was out bowled by a 97 year old!
  • I got a lovely pedicure today and feel very pampered.

Round and About

Vintage Memorabilia Celebrates The Soviet Union’s Cosmonaut Dogs

Gwen’s handmade dragon book is fabulous!

Best Dog Art

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 10/5/2014.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Visual Prompt of the Week – Crosswalk. We’ve had uncharacteristically rainy days here in Phoenix this week, and I even had to get my umbrella out. It made me love the photography in this visual prompt even more than I already did.

Inspiration for the Week

Let Life Be - Brave Girls Club

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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DSC0043A
DSC0043A by Peter Chen

The Autumn Colors
The Autumn Colors by Matt Granz

Wish
Wish by Phoenix Scotney

Untitled
Untitled by Lissy Laricchia

Brushstrokes
Brushstrokes by jellyfire

Week 40 Experiment
Week 40 Experiment by Jean Chaney

from the Family Album 03
from the Family Album 03 by Toshihiro Oshima

Things Left Unsaid
Things Left Unsaid by Iordanis Keramidas

New Wallpapers

Mars, Antares, Moon, and Saturn from Astronomy Picture of the Day

Making Hay from National Geographic

Under Thin Ice from National Geographic

From the Temple of the Sun to the Temple of the Moon at Astronomy Picture of the Day

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The Scattered Life Collective #3

October 3rd, 2014
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On the Menu

I am going to be out and about this weekend, so I’m not planning to try a new recipe. I will be making a gluten-free Chebe pizza Sunday night though. Yum!

The Asparagus and Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Pecans that I made last weekend was delish! I need to remember this when asparaus is in season. It would be great with grilled asparagus.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram Post of the Week
I started 2 canvases last weekend. I finished one and gave it to a friend who needed a little cheering up. I am still working on this one – not sure where it’s going yet.

Reading

A History of Food Hardcover by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat – this week I’m learning all about cheese and yogurt.

My grandfather used to make his own yogurt in a gas oven using just the pilot light. It was runnier than what you buy in the store, and more tart. According to this book, people all over the world do this, some at room temperature. It’s supposed to be very healthy. I’m allergic to whey, so it’s not for me, but if you’re interested, there are lots of recipes for making yogurt at home on the web. My grandfather swore by it.

The Song of the Week

I needed the reminder to “lighten up” this week.

Watching

Revolution – it makes me think about how much I would hate it if all the lights went out. What would I do without the Internet?

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • I got to practice my contest speech at my club this week, but the most important part is that I got to test out the new ending. So much better!
  • Had a bit of a giggle over human silliness on Monday. Things got even sillier on Wednesday, and I’m still laughing. This is a big improvement for me.
  • Had a fitting for my Elvira costume with my mom. I don’t think she approves, but she is doing it anyway. I love her.
  • New kids at work.
  • I have discovered the curcumin extract is better than any NSAID for my bursitis. It doesn’t cause increase the tinnitus like the NSAIDs, so I am over the moon.

Round and About

It’s not just the NFL. Victim-blaming is rampant in our culture. Please become aware – Three Simple Steps to Take to Avoid Victim Blaming.

Pictures of a century of reading around the world.

How to Stop Stress Eating

Love these dog paintings by Gary Bunt.

More juicy links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 9/28/14.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Embracing the Inconsistencies of our Natures.

Inspiration for the Week

Don’t bother worrying about the little things – or anything really, because worry rarely translates into actions that make a difference. “Don’t,” as Richard Carlson said, “sweat the small stuff.”

But do focus on making the little, quiet, routine moments better.

Do focus on filling them with gratitude and compassion and joy and love, because one thing is sure: when we give attention to living well in this moment, we make the next moment a little better, a little easier to bear. That helps us make the moment beyond that a bit better and all the moments to come easier until we’ve strung together a whole big awesome life of little sweet moments.

Life is in the little things. The brief moments when we say I love you or walk away, when we give a hug or keep our distance. The moments when we choose kale over chocolate or chocolate over kale. These little moments shape the quality of our lives and the way we contribute to the world. Life is all about the little things. -Polly Campbell

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge by Matt Granz

Cadre fait en famille
Cadre fait en famille by Neija Zeugme

Making art journals from gelli printed papers. #artjournaling #gelliarts #bookmaking #handmadebooks #journals #art
Making art journals from gelli printed papers. #artjournaling #gelliarts #bookmaking #handmadebooks #journals #art by studio318

Vousnousautrement -Septembre
Vousnousautrement -Septembre by Maryline.MD

distress 19
distress 19 by Bob May

A boy and his dog
A boy and his dog by Adrian Murray

Rainy Woods
Rainy Woods by Vincent van Dam

New Wallpapers

Withered from National Geographic

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The Scattered Life Collective #2

September 27th, 2014
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On the Menu

The Outback Style Steak I made last weekend was a great success. Very easy to make and delicious. I combined it with corn on the cob, roasted in the oven, and brown rice.

This weekend I’m making Asparagus and Roasted Pepper Salad with Toasted Pecans.

My Instagram Post of the Week

Instagram Post of the Week

OMG, I just noticed that I got a like on this from Seth Apter. I have a serious case of art lust for Seth’s work. Wow!

Reading

Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies, and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow by Judith Viorst.

The Song of the Week

Feeling a bit nostalgic this week.

Watching

Season 3 of Once Upon a Time. I am amazed that it took me 3 seasons to realize that Emma is played by Jennifer Morrison who played Cameron on House. Too much multitasking. I never watched the title sequence before!

Good Things that Happened this Week

  • Had a wonderful massage on Monday.
  • Fun Toastmasters meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday night
  • My folks took me out for Indian food on Thursday
  • Spent the afternoon Friday shopping with one of the kids at work and had a blast
  • Still getting painty every day in the One Pull Wonders class with Carolyn Dube – love it!
  • I’m going to a local artist collective group’s exhibition today.

Round and About

I absolutely love the old book illustrations at the OBI Scrapbook Blog.

How could I possible resist Elwood the World’s Largest Concrete Gnome.

Professional artist Alisa Burke allows her young daughter to create art with her. Love the pictures of her daughter experiencing a pottery wheel for the first time.

Carolyn Dube and her commenters give some great ideas for using spray inks in her new Play Date series. Read all the comments for some great ideas!

This infographic showing you how to shop for fresh vegetables is handy.

I love this writing prompt at io9: How the Astronauts Became Known as Gods

More links at The Writing Reader Carnival of Creativity for 9/21/14.

My favorite prompt of the week at The Writing Reader: Police Case Files.

Inspiration for the Week

Success in the form of a meaningful life comes to the people who are vulnerable enough to show up. Those willing to experiment, work, learn, love, grow, and fail and then go again. And, it is through our shared imperfections–after all, imperfection is the one thing we all have in common–that humanity appears.

-Polly Campbell

My Favorites on Flickr this Week

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Recess Hangout
Recess Hangout by MelissaCamille

Slow Clap
Slow Clap by Robb Lansdowne

Winterton Dawn
Winterton Dawn by jellyfire

New Wallpapers

Shoreline of the Universe from Astronomy Picture of the Day

Color Me Sad from National Geographic

Hollow Greetings at National Geographic

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Journey into the Creative Mind of a Writing Reader