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2020 Lesson: Plans Change

If you haven’t figured it our by now, 2020 is the year to transitions. From the start we have been thrust into a never-ending cycle of change. Our patience, compassion, understanding, and endurance are being challenged at every turn. Some of us are fairing better than others, but we are all going to feel the …

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3 Must-Haves to Plan on a Budget (for Under $10)

The planning craze is here to stay, but let’s face it, this trend is definitely for those with pennies to spare. With all the stickers, pens, inserts, binders, discs, and other “must-haves,” it’s easy to build up debt and lose control. Since I am focusing on financial health in the upcoming year, it’s essential for …

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Woke? Hell, when have we slept?

Before I understood what words like “racism” and “discrimination,” meant,before phrases like “white supremacy” and “implicit bias”lodged their definitions into my lexicon,I knew there were people who didn’t like my appearance.They detested how my well-oiled dark-skinglistened in the sun, or,I learned, they didn’t like the tight coils of my hair –and not like how I …

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Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia HibbertMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Wonderfully written! This is a heartwarming about a woman who lives in chronic pain and all that come with it- loss of friends, fear, misunderstanding, and more. It’s sweet and honest and I’ve read it twice in two days. Like I’ve said …

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Creating Experience and Telling Stories

We went bowling today. I’m not the next Lebowski – my ball spent more time in the gutter than it did on the lane- but between the delicious Garlic and Parmesan wings, flossing, dropping it like it was lukewarm, and the laughs, I had a really good time. What I didn’t do was take pictures. …

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book covers for 4 different books listed in the blog posts as to be read

March 2019 To Be Read List

I’ve been reading a lot of romance novels but this month I’m taking a break. This doesn’t mean that I won’t be reading romance novels; I’ll never give those up. But, I am aiming to read four books that are not part of #romancelandia. Reading four books is usually easy for me so I will …

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From Unfinished to In-Progress

I’ve amassed numerous unfinished projects in my adult life. For example, in 2017 I committed to publishing six issues of my Gather the Wind Zine. I published two. I have enough poems and shorts for more issues, but… Also, in 2017, I opened a t-shirt store called Bamable. While there are only three designs available …

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Black coffee much with light coffee in it. The mug says Freedom to Publish in white writing. It sits on a wooden table in front of a Mac computer keyboard and black headphones.

Life as a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer, Wife, Parent, Homeschooler, and Author

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I work for Automattic, Inc., the parent company of WordPress.com, as a Happiness Engineer. I celebrated one year at Automattic and wanted to write about what this year has been like for me. I work remotely, usually out of my home office, and I make my schedule. But …

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HereWeRead reviews my book Civil Rights Then & Now

My children’s book Civil Rights Then & Now has been available on Amazon for a month and the feedback has been amazing. I am in awe of this whole experience and can’t believe that after two years of writing and editing, we are here. The journey has been unreal and I have learned so much. …

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Fresh Juice Recipe: Beet, Carrot, Apple and Ginger

My husband and I bought a juicer almost eight years ago, and at one time we were using it almost every day. Then for some reason, we just stopped. I am hoping to start detoxing again as it will give me the opportunity to bring it out again and include fresh juice into my diet. …

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Coming Soon: Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America

I wrote a book! Take a crash course in the social justice issues that keep the United States from realizing its promise of equality! This civil right book for kids is simultaneously a guide for parents and educators who worry about broaching the topics of racism, discrimination, and prejudice. Civil Rights Then and Now: A …

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September Mono-Print Desktop Wallpaper

Mono-printing has made a comeback! In the last three years, the Gelli® Plate has become very popular, just search YouTube. There are numerous videos showing viewers how to make their own plates, and countless others show different mono-printing techniques. It’s quite interesting! Admittedly, I was sucked in a few months back as I was looking …

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Happiness is My JetPens.com Haul

I love pens! That’s an understatement. I have an unnatural obsession with pens. My favorite pens are the Uniball Signo RT, and I usually buy them from Tokyo Pen Shop. However, recently I decided to try Jetpens after watching Melanin Eclectic’s YouTube video from December 2017. About a week ago, after a particularly grueling couple …

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Trying new things

For her 12th birthday we experienced flying and living outside of fear.

Simplifying and Finding Balance

I am focused on simplifying my life and on finding balance. While streamlining the ridiculous amounts of crap that I have collected over the years despite not being very materialistic is something I do often, finding balance has never really been something that I have been able to accomplish. I’m forty, and I have ADD …

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