Close the Gap

2018
I love a good beginning. As far as I'm concerned, any reason is a great reason to start. Any time is a wonderful time. Today is the first day of the year, the first day of the week and the first day of the month, but none of that really matters. The important part is, today is the day I'm ready to begin. It seems I spent most of 2017 dormant. I basically stopped blogging and limited my tweets to greetings and #templebuilding updates. But the truth is, I helped my cousin/big sister land our first federal contract. We also delivered two excellent projects for a corporate client (we'll finish one last one this month). The thing I'm most proud of is a creative victory. I took a short story…
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On Clearing Space and Creating Victory

Spirituality, Temple Building, Text Talk, Women's Health
Over on PhYINomenal, Sojo's self care focus for November is Elimination – time to release, remove, denounce, deny and let go. It's a great time to release that which no longer serves you and invite in affirming energy, new processes, and transformative experiences. If you've never checked out her site, today's a great day to do it. Get the self care calendar for November and see what simple things you can do to release the deadweight and bring new life. Over the years I've found myself in that place many times. One time in particular, I was stuck, stagnant and depleted. I needed something, anything, that could help me recharge my life and get inspired again. I finally realized that I didn't need to look outside myself for the answers. With…
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Food for thought

Zaimu Challenge
The Japanese word for mission (shimei) means to "use one's life." For what purpose do we use our lives? For what purpose have we been born in this world, sent for from the universe? ~Daisaku Ikeda Some people spend years seeking, but never really finding, their mission. Others seem born understanding their place in the world. I believe each life, no matter how many breaths allotted on this this plane, is here to accomplish something. Perhaps  some are more fortunate than others in being able to discern (and even work to fulfill) their mission early in life. When you can't perceive your mission, you may feel your life is meaningless. But this is false. Reflecting on the events and the nature of your life can provide a window. Even when, or especially when, your overwhelming experience is pain,…
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The People Could Fly

Text Talk, Zaimu Challenge
On a recent visit to the public library, The People Could Fly jumped off the shelf and into my hands. I knew the author, Virginia Hamilton, and the title was familiar, but one I'd not yet read. It demanded to come home with me. It did. Today I cracked it open and was struck. The pictures and storytelling moved me. So much so I could see it – as dance. I could see the brilliant bodies of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater making these pictures. And flying. Revelations is my favorite thing. This would give it a run for the money. I'm currently adapting a children's book into a play. But if I were born with different talents, I would adapt this for dance. If you have this talent, I invite you to interpret this piece for…
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Get ‘er done!

Zaimu Challenge
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="248"] Dig deep. Get 'er done![/caption] Sometimes the day just slips away. Or the hours of the day more specifically. Today was one of those days. I can't exactly say I was productive – at least if we're only considering deliverables or output. Simply put, I don't have products to show for my time.  But I do have mental space cleared and three project plans in the works. Moreover, I updated my goal list, transforming it to include bigger, yet more concrete goals. I even changed the name, now calling it a Victory List. We're nearly halfway done with 2016. It's time to get it cracking! How are you doing on your 2016 goals? What will you do to make them reality?
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Light a candle…

Zaimu Challenge
Today I lit a candle and jotted my thoughts as I set my intentions for the weeks ahead. It's a new moon, which means it's a perfect time for a new start. As I reviewed my words and phrases, I noticed creativity appeared more than once on my list. It's been a major theme of mine this year, and it make sense it's time to refresh my focus. The past couple of weeks I've had to turn my attention to less than creative projects that take up a lot of mental energy. Today I finished the heavy lifting on much of that, and I felt free! I love it when I see evidence of my internal state in the external world, and this popped up just now: I'm excited to turn my attention back…
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Muscle memory

Zaimu Challenge
If you don't use it, you lose it. People say this often about second language learning, and really, most everything except riding a bicycle. It's true, too, about blogging. For years I had a regular blogging practice, changing format, tone and location whenever I was ready for a change. In the past couple of years, my blogging has gotten more sporadic after dramatic shifts in my daily routines. Sometimes I miss it, but I'm not quite sure what to say. So I think about blogging, but leave the page blank. Beginning April 28, I started a blogging challenge. My goal is to blog something every day through early June. The early going has proven as challenging as I expected it might be. I do expect as time goes on, I'll write…
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It’s #NaNoWriMo Day…

Personal Narrative
Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month. The competition, commonly hashtagged as #NaNoWriMo, encourages creative writers to draft 50,000 new words (a "novel") in the month of November. I've decided to participate this year, and I've set my own goal as I did when I wrote in 2013. My goal then was 30,000 words. Though that bar will be more difficult to accomplish this year, that's my goal for 2015 as well. Yes, I create my own rules! I've done more pre-work this year. Well, more isn't saying much as I did none at all in the past. I'm very excited about my ideas in progress. They are a culmination of seeds long ago planted, and I can't wait to tend to them. Deciding on my project was a tug-of-war.…
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New Moon, New Start

Personal Narrative
It's been a long time. I shouldn't have left you... Keep going if you know the words. Meanwhile, I'll just bob my head and smile. It has been a while. And since I've last appeared in this space, I've been out and about in the world collecting experiences. My most recent one was a glorious trip to Sesimbra, Portugal with my cousins. I may write more about that later. [caption id="attachment_3311" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Brown beauties in Portugal.[/caption] Today I'm dusting off the blog to say hello. It's fall in the western hemisphere and it's a new moon. And y'all know I love a good reason any reason for a fresh start. After this hiatus, I've got a lot on my mind. Some of it I'll share here, but other things I may share…
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Can putting down your smartphone make you smarter?

Temple Building
I often advocate for reflection. Turn off the 24-hour news cycle, read a book, journal, pray. Eliminate incessant noise so you can hear your own thoughts. Reflection helps you make sense of that which has already transpired, and imagine and prepare for what is yet to come. It's not time consuming to reflect, but it does require deliberate acts. Research suggests that our brains need downtime and that people have some of their most creative ideas when they're bored. ~Sherri Graslie for All Things Considered. I'm not sure it's always boredom, as many creatives report having great ideas when they are engaged in rote activities. The key, ultimately, is having the mental space available for something else. Sherri Graslie reports one way to clear the mental clutter is by putting down your smartphone.  But…
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