Day 6 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 6: A NOTABLE SPIRIT A spirit tattered and worn Bruised by self-inflicted wounds It floats and falls The wind hissing through the torn flaps   A single note soaring with ease Rising and falling in rhythm with friends It blends and spins The windContinue reading “Day 6 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 5 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression DAY FIVE: Creativity Prompt Using your preferred medium (writing, sculpting, painting, music composition, etc.), create a piece of art that represents your definition of spirituality. I’ll post mine on Monday. Happy creating!   **I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve usedContinue reading “Day 5 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 2 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was onContinue reading “Day 2 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 1 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was onContinue reading “Day 1 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Following My Dreams into an Artistic Career

…once I pinpoint what they are exactly! BACKSTORY In all my time as a mentor to teenagers, I spouted the idea of believing in yourself and following your dreams.  That’s wonderful advice which would be even more valuable if I took my own insights to heart.  I have many “dreams” and coordinating skills but haveContinue reading “Following My Dreams into an Artistic Career”

The 2014 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Did Not Disappoint

Writers, like their fellow artists, tend to spend a large majority of their time absorbed in the creation of their art. As pivotal as that may be, we also close ourselves in with only a laptop or notebook for companionship. We become immersed in our own stories that we don’t always take the time toContinue reading “The 2014 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Did Not Disappoint”

Story Time: Why Reading My Work Aloud Strengthens My Writing

The art of verbal storytelling is strong in my family.  With both Irish and Native American ancestors, you’d think I’d have a natural inclination to recite stories with intrigue, precision, and insight.  I do…but only when I write them down. “How was your day today, Kelly?”  Seems like an easy-enough question, right?  Not for meContinue reading “Story Time: Why Reading My Work Aloud Strengthens My Writing”

The Love of an Aunt Holds No Bounds

Family in its various forms inspired the creation of my premier novel.  One of the key relationships is the one between my protagonist, Gracie, and her oldest cousin.  More like sisters, the two bonded very early on.  They spent years apart yet they share a connection that could very well help heal their entire family. I’ve spentContinue reading “The Love of an Aunt Holds No Bounds”

An Artist’s Dream

“I had interesting dreams last night.” Those words escape my lips at least 3-4 times a week, but I seldom write down the details.  Even now, as I sit at my laptop and draft this blog post, flashes of the dreams slow my typing. I believe very firmly in the power of dreams – notContinue reading “An Artist’s Dream”

Ashes, Ashes, I Won’t Fall Down

Summer started beautifully.  My West Coast family came to visit for a few weeks, trips to amusements and NYC were had and healthy eating was all the rage.  Plus, I was making significant progress in my novel and looked forward to its completion.  Then, it nearly went up in flames – literally!   The apartmentContinue reading “Ashes, Ashes, I Won’t Fall Down”