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Our First Weekend of Viral Staycation

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Family | 2 comments

Our First Weekend of Viral Staycation

As you know, we here on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA are in a two week lockdown for the rest of the month of March in an attempt to keep the Covid 19 virus from taking out our feeble dear ones. I’m good with all of the restrictions and not feeling terribly worried about myself catching this. I just have to run my household for these two weeks without losing my mind. So in an attempt to record this time, I thought to post my captivity pictures, which don’t look too much differently from a regular weekend off of school. Scrabble...

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First Two Weeks of Our Creative March 2020

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Community, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

First Two Weeks of Our Creative March 2020

As I explained thoroughly in this post, A Creativity Challenge For March 2020, I’ve hosted month long creative challenges before but it’s been a while. And this time, I was asked to provide some prompts for the writers and poets to use. But mostly, I just encouraged people to join in with whatever they were creating that day. And this is what I posted today to reinforce my intentions for this challenge: “I urge you, remind you to honor yourself as one of those things of beauty each day of this month of March. Recognize your gifts...

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Monday Gratitude Journal Post

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020 in Ahas, Community, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Random | 2 comments

Monday Gratitude Journal Post

I feel so fortunate this week. Let me name you the reasons why. My blog is on it’s way to being a big girl’s site. Read about how I was feeling in February. I created beautiful pictures that I am proud of and are so ME to use in the redesign. I wrote and edited the heck out of a piece for International Women’s Day on self-bullying that was the best I could write. It’ll be published on another site to link back to me! That’s what bloggers do, you see. My anxiety is at bay. No more swirling vortex episodes in over...

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A Creativity Challenge For March ’20

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Community, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh | 0 comments

A Creativity Challenge For March ’20

I began my creative RE-awakening in October of 2015 when I joined a group online for a “Creativity Bootcamp” Challenge. I had become aware that my inner creative, aka inner child, was in need of some expression, or else. And what would follow was creative momentum and community that I have come to cherish. I am about to host another creativity challenge for March ’20. Using the hashtag #OurCreativeMarch on Instagram (and Facebook), we’ll share what we create every day of March. Creating is a whole lotta fun when you do it in a...

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A Fictional Writing Piece on the Corona Virus by My Son Eamon Peach

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Creative Projects, Family, Little Guy Lessons, writing | 4 comments

A Fictional Writing Piece on the Corona Virus by My Son Eamon Peach

I was not surprised when my children’s artistic talents began to emerge. My son could draw pretty well and at age 8, he began to play the piano. The rest is history. He took to it so fast, it was always what he’d been good at, he’d just not gotten a chance to play yet. In addition to piano, he also plays the bass clarinet for both his high school marching band and a large local community band. And one night, he forgot to bring his instrument home from school. So while his fellow community band members were practicing, he...

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Still Practicing the Art and Mystery of Housewifery

Posted by on Feb 14, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Homebody, Self-Discovery | 0 comments

Still Practicing the Art and Mystery of Housewifery

Ask me the dreaded cliched “what do I do”question and I may pause. Do you mean, how do I earn and living? Or where do I find my life’s purpose in a seemingly dull life of parenting? I’ll answer that I’m a writer because that is definitely an answer I can proudly own. But truly, more of me is that homebody and that mother and I derive tremendous pride and pleasure from that. But you might not understand that answer. Because it all sounds so trite and swell and female. I am very proud of the homebody I am. I have tremendous...

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Mid-February Catch-Up, 2020

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Blogging Along, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Mid-February Catch-Up, 2020

During the holidays, I stepped back two steps and waited and watched my life and my choices to decide what I truly wanted to do and why. I posted less and have been skipping posts because I am still in this discerning what is important and me and what isn’t. I began talking about this several weeks ago in this post. What I doing in the meantime is working on a visually and functionally updated blog. This is a very tough process. But with the help of kind designers and my therapist, I am making progress toward an outcome that feels...

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Living the Life I Saw I Wanted

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Community, Creative Soul Living, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Living the Life I Saw I Wanted

After I was immersed in online communities for a long enough time, I began to see there were different ways of being and seeing. I wanted to understand what it meant to be mindful, compassionate, free from anxiety, and looking forward to my future as an artist. I wanted to see my life and my existence in these new ways because, up until then, I had not experienced or ever thought of these ideas. I have always been a learner and a searcher. And I was discovering entire communities that believed and were living these concepts. These ways of...

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A Winter Weekend Picture Album

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Family, Midlife Motherhood, Pretty Pictures | 0 comments

A Winter Weekend Picture Album

These weekends in January seem sublimely slow and filled with joy and family, candlelight and music. I scored an inexpensive replacement on Ebay for our 5 CD changer so that we can play our CDs again. And I cleaned out our games finding some spelling and math games to play with Fiona. And finally mopped the kitchen floor. And somehow we are busy with community gathering. So yummy ! Spelling games with Mum Mum On the couch in the sun Dinner at Out of the Fire with dear friends And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription...

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Returning Inward After the Holidays

Posted by on Jan 24, 2020 in Ahas, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Family, Midlife Motherhood, Writing Life | 0 comments

Returning Inward After the Holidays

( Written days after Christmas ’19, it would seem this piece got away from me.. Yet I still feel the honor of the holiday purpose only a month gone. And I am in the process of picking up where I left off last year) This year, the holidays were filled with more gratitude and family appreciation than they’ve been prior. We spent time together being us, laughing, eating, and loving. I wove this holiday with as much intention and family time spending forethought as I could handle. I threw my alone and writing time to the side so that...

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