In today’s world creativity is an incredibly important skill. That’s not just because we need more artist (though we do) it’s also because even non-artistic pursuits can benefit a huge amount from having a more creative understanding of the world. This is because creativity isn’t just art, it is also problem solving and re-evaluating situations to realize there is a problem in the first place.
For that reason, any attempt to boost our children’s creativity should be applauded.…Continue
Added by Nelma Lumme on April 25, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
I still use pen and paper for a lot of things: Shopping lists, stories for my other blog, notes at work and planning events. Since I went to college when laptops weren't a thing, it still feels more natural for me to take notes with pen and paper than by typing them. Also, I feel that I tend to remember things better if I write them down.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 29, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments
School Holidays? Kids are bored at home? Here is what I do -
Added by Shub on January 26, 2016 at 6:31pm — No Comments
On a cold winter night, wind howling into the desert sky, one ordinary hospital gave witness to a historic event. JJ Sherwood was born at 2:30 a.m. on December 31st, just barely managing to squeeze in to supplant New Year’s Eve. JJ has always had a flair for the dramatics.
Sherwood began writing in the womb after a…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on October 30, 2015 at 12:51pm — No Comments
Is it harder to write or draw?
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Let’s face it - the unknown is daunting. Even extensive planning can't always prepare you for challenges you may face in your entrepreneurial endeavors – whether you’re a startup CEO, a handbag designer or an aspiring indie author. Sometimes you just need to trust in yourself and be confident in your abilities. Obstacles may seem insurmountable at first glance but if you are dedicated to your efforts and you do the proper research, you WILL work through them.
You can’t crush true…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on September 23, 2015 at 9:47am — No Comments
Jane Tesh is a retired media specialist and pianist for the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mt. Airy, NC, the real Mayberry. She is the author of the Madeline Maclin Series, A Case of Imagination, A Hard Bargain, A Little Learning, and A Bad Reputation, featuring former beauty queen,…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on September 23, 2015 at 8:45am — No Comments
We all want a big-splash launch - no matter what the offering. Who wouldn't want mountains of accolades and recognition for a job well done?
In the period leading up to your big day, the best advice I can give consists of one very important word - plan.
Planning is critical to a successful launch, so make a list of everything you can possibly do to make your event as grand as possible. Here are a few suggestions to consider:
Added by Kristen Luciani on September 14, 2015 at 9:18am — No Comments
My son made me a notebook. It consists of six pieces of construction paper held together with copious amounts of tape. (Note to self: Skip presents this Christmas and just buy son jumbo rolls of tape.) He gave it to me because he knows I like to write and immediately asked me what I would write in it.…Continue
The recipe post. It seems simple enough, right? List some ingredients, some instructions, shoot off a few pictures and you’re done! Not so much. In order to create a recipe post that keeps your readers coming back for seconds, it requires an eye for detail, meticulous methodology and great…Continue
What can be said about writer’s block that hasn’t already been said? Writer’s block isn’t just a condition; it’s also a feeling. It’s heavy on the shoulders. It makes the back ache, the fingers paralyzed and the mind numb. And it happens for a reason. It happens because you’re bored.
The challenge of writer’s block is…Continue
Author: Marija Bulatovic
Publisher: SOL LLC
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Added by Mayra Calvani on January 24, 2015 at 4:21pm — No Comments
I was standing in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner when I heard my son's "serious voice" behind me.
"Excuse me, Mommy. I need you to read this."
He handed me a notepad, and…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2014 at 6:23am — No Comments
I am so disappointed in myself!
I started a blog in 2008 and found wonderful guidance through Mom Bloggers Club along with fantastic connections that created a few friendships that I still have to this day. Recently MBC posted "Spruce Up Your Blog In 10 Easy Steps". Really good tips and resources. One I definitely needed, since my blog has been around for so long, was the BrokenLinkCheck.com. When this service was finished with my free scan I was shocked at how many links I had to…Continue
I cannot be the only one…whose weeks are so full of things to do that they fly by fast and whose weekends fly by even faster. Time has a horrible habit of getting away from me (notice how I don't take the blame for simply having bad time management skills) and before I know it it's Friday afternoon and I have so much yet to accomplish. This past week was no different then the rest and we had quite a few things going on per usual.
It was a gray and chilly day…Continue
Added by Janice Perry on January 12, 2014 at 4:22pm — No Comments
My mom taught me to write thank you notes (thanks, Mom!), because we are civilized, polite people who have respect for our loved ones and an overall fondness for the complex social cues found in Jane Austen novels.
She gave me the basic formula when I was little:
Thank person for…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 27, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
** Apparently, hormones, cramps, and child birth weren't enough, so we have night sweats to add to all the fun.
** Goatdog likes Mammaw so much that he wants to eat her.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 6, 2013 at 6:03pm — No Comments
** I have approximately 0% of my time to dedicate to writing anymore.
** When someone says, "You look tired", what they're really saying is, "You look like shit."…Continue
With summer camps ending, I have become the unofficial director of "Camp Mama", who's expected to have full-day schedules of wild and exciting adventures planned for each and every day. Thus, my time for writing even something as small as a to-do list has become pretty much non-existent. The following is what I…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 25, 2013 at 8:47pm — No Comments