Telling tales at home

I'm big on people having hobbies. Things that they enjoy outside of work and parenthood. They provide great examples of "parents are people too" to our children (or grandchildren). And hopefully these hobbies are activities which can be shared with little ones as they get older....more

The Many Seasons Of My Marriage

     I find myself ruled not by a calendar – at least not the Gregorian, Solar or Lunar.  Instead my life revolves around seasons: Big Game, Small Game, Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, Rail, September Goose & September Teal, Waterfowl, Furbearers.  Shotgun, .22 Rifle, Blackpowder, Muzzleloading. Fishing, Bowfish and Bowhunt....more

Doing What You Love: Myth or Worthwhile Dream?

Do you do what you love and get paid for it? There's the big dream of "do what you love and the money will follow". How realistic is it? Is getting paid for what you love a myth? A dream worth following? Here's a post that takes a little different slant to this age old question. ...more
Not a myth but you need to prepare and plan for how you're going to do it. Sometimes it means ...more

The phrase "working mother" is redundant. ~Jane Sellman

The phrase "working mother" is redundant. ~Jane Sellman Moms, isn't this the truth? We work, work, work, whether it's in the home, in our career, or in both places full-time! It's always full-time. We were snowed in last week, school was shut down, offices were closed, and all we could do was be home together. That was awesome, of course!! However, I realized on the day I returned to work, that I was actually getting a break! Ha ha.  I attended a women's gathering at church last night....more

What's On Your Bookshelf?

I haven't been reading much lately, but I thought posting a picture of the books on my bookshelf would remind me of my goal. Reading all the books I own. I made a fairly good dent over the summer, but now that fall is fast approaching I want to make sure I stay on track. Do you have any of these books? Are they on your reading list?...more

Love Memoir's of a Geisha.

The book is way better than the movie, as is usually the case ...more

New Scrapbooking Site and Blog

Hello again everyone,I just updated more information on my profile, including the links for my site and my other blog. It is all about making new friends and sharing my creativity... hihihi...On my website, you will find a link to download the alpha series I designed for scrapbooking, so please feel free to go and visit my site where you can download them for free.Thanks again for your interest in my work and please feel free to send me your comments and your suggestions.Bye for now, ...more

Diversions: A breakup's best friend.

The holidays keep moving along, coming whether I'm ready or not, and I've been thinking about things like dealing with nostalgia ("Breakups vs. The Holidays") and triumphantly putting up my first Christmas tree on my own ("I'm a Christmas-aholic"). But it's still a tough time no matter what. I still have twinges of panic when I'm faced with the holidays and when that happens, I dig into my bag of diversions, take one out, and become my usual compulsive self over it. One of these diversions is one I've mentioned before. If you know me now, you know I love beauty products and makeup. ...more

Turning your artistic hobby into a business

In 8 days, it will be exactly once year since my final day at work as a lawyer.  It is the day I officially decided to live a more creative life, and make my living from writing and photography.I like to call it "Emancipation Day."...more

And I can't wait to see what your next Year of Creativity brings, Karen. I have and love ...more

Digging the Dirt: Is Growing Your Own Economical?

Is growing your own vegetables economical? With many families starting new victory gardens this year, the question is timely. Michael Tortorello analyzed the costs/value of his new garden this year and his conclusion: based only on a cost/savings analysis, growing your own is anything but a money-saving hobby.  ...more

I don't have a backyard yet, but I received an indoor gardening contraption for ...more

New Ways to Make Money

Five months ago after losing her job, 38 year old Amy was advised to try part-time consulting while searching for a full time job. But Amy, a successful and driven marketing executive, resisted for fear that consulting would tarnish her resume in the long run. What followed was four months of relentless job searching until she decided to pitch all her old clients. ...more