How to Make Time for Creativity

So true!


There’s a creative person buzzing around in each of us. But they can’t come to the phone right now, because they’re buried in admin and paperwork.

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Honoring Mary Tyler Moore

Joanne Guidoccio

marytylermoore1Visionary. Groundbreaking Actress. Producer. TV Legend. Passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. So many accolades come to mind whenever Mary Tyler Moore’s name is mentioned.

Yesterday, Mary died at the age of eighty.

While I have only vague recollections of the Dick Van Dyke show, I was addicted to the Mary Tyler Moore show and looked forward to each week’s episode. Impressed and inspired by Mary Richards, television’s first single career woman, I would often ask myself–What would Mary do?–whenever I encountered a workplace challenge. I was saddened when the series ended in 1977, but I continued to watch the reruns for several years afterward.

Short Clips from MTM Show…

Mary Richards: I’m an experienced woman. I’ve been around… Well, all right, I might not have been around, but I’ve been… nearby.


Lou Grant: You know, Mary, you’ve got spunk.
Mary Richards: Why, thank…

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Creative dreams can be pesky little things. They will do whatever they can to persuade you to follow them and once you do decide to go after them, you will be at their mercy! Here are 12 things your creative dreams will do to you once you start to pursue them:

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Quotes of the day -Guillement du jour

Despite the passage of time, I find much relevance to the present. If any of these quotes speak to you, or make you think, it is what I hoped for. In addition to the quotes you find here, you will find a few added to the Quotes page and I hope you will stop by. I often find inspiration upon ruminating on one quote or another… Choose a quote and take it out for a walk and see where it takes you. Who will pick up the gauntlet?

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” Malala Yousafzai 

“Diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts, and politicians violently denounce the politicians of other countries.” – Margaret Sanger

“A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.” – Margaret Sanger

“Woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she will become a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man’s attitude may be, that problem is hers – and before it can be his, it is hers alone.”    – Margaret Sanger

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”  – George Orwell

“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”  – George Orwell

“Nationalism is power hunger fuelled by self deception.” – George Orwell

“Sometimes the scandal is not law was broken, but what the law allows.”                           – Edward Snowdon

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”  – Mark Twain

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”  – Mark Twain

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer up somebody else.”  – Mark Twain

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”  – William Shakespeare

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”                                 – William Shakespeare

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare

“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”  – William Shakespeare

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

“Man becomes great in exactly the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Power is two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than one derived from fear of punishment.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“What we think, we become.”  – Budda

“Three things cannot be long hidden: The sun, the moon and the truth.”  – Budda





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The bitter taste of defeat and failure — bruises you can touch

Originally posted on bruises you can touch: Always expect the unexpected. Be prepared like a girl scout without the rules (but with teh cookies). That’s always been one of my life’s mottos. After taking my last ever dose of opiate antagonist therapy last Friday, I was relieved when I only had some minor restless limbs…

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Félicitations ma belle amie! You are such an inspiration and without a doubt the most courageous woman I know. Bisous et câlins! Léa

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Writers: Judge Yourself by Your Own Standards — A Writer’s Path

by Kate M. Colby ‘Comparisonitis’ is the most infectious disease in the writer community. Can you blame us? When John’s book has 100 five-star reviews and Jane has written six books this year and Joe has landed a major publishing deal, it’s difficult not to feel jealous and shame yourself for what you […]

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– Ralph Waldo Emerson — A Not So Jaded Life

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

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If You Give A Writer…

This made me smile…

Rachel Poli

I have no idea what made me think of this, but I had a lot of fun with it and I hope you enjoy it. It’s based off the children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

If You Give a Writer

If you give a writer a pen, she’ll want a notebook to go with it.

If you give her a notebook, she’ll fill it up and complain her hand hurts.

If her hand hurts, she’ll ask for a computer.

If she asks for a computer, you’ll have to go to the store to buy one.

If you go to the store, she’ll spend hours picking one out.

When she finally decides, she’ll want to start using it right away.

If she wants to use it right away, you’ll have to set it up.

When you finally set it up, it’ll be nighttime.

If it’s nighttime, she’ll ask for coffee to…

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“A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2017” — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Originally posted on Notes from An Alien: This would normally be a re-blog day; but, Aerogramme Writers’ Studio published A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2017. Since some of the contests have deadlines in January, I thought it needed published here today 🙂 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you don’t see a way to comment (or, “reply”) after…

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Five of the Best Books for Cat-Lovers — Interesting Literature

Five great books about cats What gift should one get for the book-lover who is also a cat-lover? Below are our five suggestions, all of which are great books – memoirs, novels, poetry books – which feature cats in some substantial way. What book would you suggest as the ideal gift for a cat-lover or […]

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