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Delightful Disruption

  It starts out innocently enough. A few friends out to dinner at a snazzy restaurant in Portland over a bottle of wine chatting about how fun it would be trade houses for a month. Maybe impractical and a bit brazen, given that winter is right around the corner —...

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How “No” is Good Art Making

  I’ve discovered that in parts of Europe, Italy and France in particular “no” is a perfectly acceptable answer. The French make our  “yes” ridden society look compulsive. One of the first things I learned in business was to never say “no.” Your actions may say it, but you can’t...

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When art tells you its story…

  Clarissa Pinkola Estes, prolific storyteller of fables and folklore and Jungian psychotherapist likes to say… that when we sleep, we don’t sleep as adults. No, we sleep as children and wake up as children (just before putting on our adult suits). But when it’s warm enough outside to pop...

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Imagination, the last frontier

 Illustration by Niya C Sisk “Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life  I used to be the type of artist who needed a lot of reference material around me before I’d put...

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The Art of the Lull

“Dakota Loves The Redhead” Illustration created on Samsung Notebook by Chikodili Emelumadu. She and I shared giggles  during National Novel Writing Month 2011. She lives in London, UK. For the past two weeks I’ve run my business and my life within five feet of my dying rabbit—listening to his breathing and...

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