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July 2014

Chalk Art Festival 2014

By | Exhibitions

Tomorrow, for the second year in a row, I will be enjoying the beautiful Idaho summer morning air in Ann Morrison Park with a cup of joe in one hand, and a large piece of chalk in the other, as I lay out my design for this year’s Idaho Statesman’s Chalk Art Festival.

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Last year was Boise’s Sesquicentennial and my design featured a vintage firework:

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As a “featured artist” you do feel a little like a circus act with people stopping to take your picture. But this is Boise, and everyone is friendly and chatty, so for an extrovert like me it’s not a bad way to spend the morning.

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2014 is the 150th Anniversary of the Idaho Statesman newspaper — our Chalk Art Festival sponsor — and so to celebrate its birthday I am doing another vintage firework this year:

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If you’re in Boise and feeling chatty tomorrow morning, early — I’ll start around 8:00 am — come on down to Ann Morrison park and say hello.

Then stay to cheer on the over 90 artists who registered to compete (as a featured artist I’m not part of the competition) for a variety of prizes, including the chance to be one of next year’s featured artists.

See you in the morning!

Happy Birthday Lina!

By | Happy Birthday!, Uncategorized

I know I often complain about how quickly the month has flown by, or even that if I’m not careful, before I know it the year will be half over.

Actually the year is half over. Dang it.

I apparently live in a state of perpetual chrono-shock, so it should come as no surprise to you when I say I can’t believe it, but MY BABY GIRL IS 26 YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!

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I’m not sure how that’s possible since I myself was 26 only a short time ago.

But in fact, it is true. This amazing creature has grown from adorable baby, to rodeo cowgirl…

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to, er…twins…?

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to high society dame

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to someone who spends a lot of time counseling people on couches…

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and (you can actually see her in action here)…

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I can honestly say she was the easiest child I ever raised. She never talked back once!

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Now that she has moved to Chicago and has found full time work counseling the clergy…

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and stunt modeling for album covers…

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her Dad and I are confident she will continue to grow and AMAZE US EVERY SINGLE DAY!

We love you Lina-Lou!!! Happy Birthday!!! And Many Moooore!

Hokey Pokey!

By | Everything Else

I guess I’ve been spending so much time making sure Mike’s routine was back to normal that I managed to let my own routine stall out. Not that I have a set schedule really, it’s more of a state of mind. But, I did manage to blow off the entire 2nd half of June. Oops.

Well, Mike’s routine is back to normal now — he even rode his bike to work this morning — which means it’s time for me to get off my…sofa, and get to work.

You’d have thought the past couple of weeks prime time for reading, but sadly I didn’t even have the bandwidth for that — hence my lack of “4 Favorites for June.” I did read one interesting book, My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., after seeing her amazing TED talk by the same name.

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Jill was a 37 year old neuroanatomist when she had a massive stroke in her left brain which left her as essentially an infant in an adult’s body. The book details the 8 year journey of her recovery and is a very clear description of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and their very different functions and personalities.

Being 72% right brained myself (BuzzFeed tells me so) I was not surprised to learn that my dominant hemisphere is spontaneous and imaginative and perceives each of us as equal members of the human family, all related and necessary to the whole.

Our left brains are where we define ourselves as separate and individual, and where we store our attachments to everything in our lives, both good and bad.

I was surprised to learn that as Jill recovered she chose not to recover certain “attachments” of her left brain. She let go of resentments and anger from her “previous life” which she no longer had any reason to hold on to as they had happened to the other Jill in her other life.

The take away from the book is we can consciously practice “stepping to the right” in our thinking and behavior and unlearn attachments to anger and resentment which are meaningless in the big picture.

Hey! Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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You put your right brain in,
You take your left brain out,
You put your right brain in,
and you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey
and you turn your thoughts around.

That’s what it’s all about!!