Friday, June 24, 2016


One of 4 mixed media pieces using the color teal.
Check out my Gallery page to view all four paintings.

I'm excited! All in one day I heard good news. One of my stories, Letters Home: Learning to Live in Tokyo has been included in the Story Circle Network Quarterly Journal for June. Two of my mixed media pieces will appear in the June issue of Stampington & Co's beautiful magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery. Wow! what a day!

I feel lucky to be a part of both magazines. To pass on my luck and say thank you, I am offering two of you a giveaway of the June Somerset Studio Gallery issue. The first readers to contact me at will receive a copy that will surely inspire you to give some of their creative ideas a try. Both of these groups have been important motivators for me and I want to share them with you.

The Story Circle Network is an online women's writing group, which offers support, publication, writing awards, and classes. I encourage you to join if you want to write your stories. Check out their website for information on classes and insights about writing your life.

Somerset Studio Gallery is a part of the Stampington & Co's collection of magazines that offer imagination, inspiration, and instruction in art and craft.  You can find them at

I have also received many wonderful responses to my blog last week, including discovering the origin of the How to Build a Community postcard. It is published by Syracuse Cultural Workers, who create some very thought-provoking cards, posters and other items.  Karen Kerney painted the watercolor How to Build a Community. Many cheers for this group's work. Take a look at their website:

I am also working on this blog, enlarging my site with pages that include artwork and responses to challenges I've initiated. It's still a work in progress. Let me know what you think!


  1. Congratulations! Sent from Anchorage on the eve of our cruise through in inside passage and down to Vancouver BC

  2. Exciting trip! Much better than our heatwave!


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