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Finding Beauty
By Cynthia Staples
Finding BeautyIt is a tiny square of urban landscape found behind a muffler shop. Forsythia trails wildly over a crumbling cement wall. Its branches fall en masse into an emptiness once filled by a mountain of dark tires. A dead tree towers above the chaos with its bark crumbling to the ground. Read more »

Magic Crayon Journal #7
Your Lantern
By Patricia Mosca
Your LanternAs we ride the train of life there are many tunnels that we come to and have to go through in order to get where we want to be. The darkness of those tunnels can cause us to not only lose sight of the light that is at the end, but also the light that shines within us can begin to flicker. Read more »

Dear Muse
Paralyzed by Perfectionism
By Jill Badonsky
Dear MusePerfectionism is in epidemic form out there in the world and it not only keeps people paralyzed when they want so badly to create, it can also rob them of any enjoyment once they DO begin. The feeling of never being “good enough” clouds the rewards of the creative process. Perfectionism can feel like a sentence in a prison of oppression whose punishment is the inability to relax, accept, discover, have fun and acknowledge progress. And that sucks. Read more »

Get It Done
Overcoming Perfectionism
By Sam Bennett
Get It DonePerfectionism is an insidious demon that must be fought with every weapon you’ve got. Here’s what’s so tricky about perfectionism: it (sort of) turns procrastination into a virtue. Because it’s good to have high standards, right? And it’s good to expect the best from yourself, right? We want to make things that are beautiful, unique, extra-ordinary... And then you crumble under the pressure you’ve put on yourself and never create anything at all. But it’s not your fault — it’s your damned high standards. Read more »

Collaging with Cancer #11
My Healing Team—Doctors
By Anne Marie Bennett
My Healing Team – Doctors In the practice of SoulCollage®, we make cards for our inner personality parts, our shadow parts, archetypes and spirit guides, and animal companions as well. We also make cards for the people in our lives who have loved us, influenced us and touched our hearts in some way. Read more »

2014 Creativity Conference
What Colors Are In the Tapestry of Your Life?
By Patricia Rose Upczak
TapestryDecades ago when I was a child my Irish grandmother gave me a wonderful symbol for life that I have never forgotten. She asked me, “Do you know what the back of a tapestry looks like?” Well I didn’t have a clue what a tapestry was so she patiently sat me down and instructed me with kindness. She had been a one room school teacher in the early 1900s, and was an amazing teacher. Read more »

Updated 4/20/14