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A Weekend Of Art In Ojai

During the first week of October, artists residing in the small town of Ojai, California, organize their studios in readiness for the famed Ojai Studio Artists tour. This year the tour will be held October 10, 11 and 12. I met with OSA historian, Bernadette DiPietro, at her Working Artists Studio, to find out more about the Ojai art community and OSA.

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Living With Grandma

When I was a young girl in elementary school, my paternal grandparents came to live with us. I don’t remember feeling anything odd about this

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Living With Grandma

Over the past few years, my sons have watched more episodes of Dancing With The Stars than they ever thought possible. They’ve chauffeured their beloved Grandma on Target and supermarket runs, held back on their political views, and acted as guinea-pigs on many a recipe, but what they’ve received in return is gold.

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Tasmanian Authors: The Real Gems of Australia

Prior to departing on a trip home to Australia to visit family, I fell into the web (or should I say tapestry), of Indie author, Prue Batten. Prue resides on a farm in eastern Tasmania with her husband. She writes historical fiction and fantasy. In a comment on Amazon regarding one of Prue’s novels, a fan suggested that Prue could make her own version of the phone book or a dictionary and make it intensely readable…

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Things My Editor Says…

She’s not exactly my Zen master, my guru, or my teacher. To be honest, she’s more of a pain in the neck. One perfectly orchestrated look from her can return my delicately written prose into a blank page.

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Waiting…

A breeze catches a single leaf and its neighbors surrender to the melancholy of Winter and dance along with the cadence of the moving air.

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Mediocrity: The New Normal

There’s a new disease spreading through the collective, and it makes me very sad. It doesn’t cause lumps or fevers, and it’s not fixable by a course of antibiotics, but make no mistake — it is frighteningly contagious. The symptoms are as follows: lethargy, indifference, laziness, a lack of excitement, occasional feelings of entitlement, depression and perhaps the saddest symptom of all — a decrease in one’s lack of purpose; it’s called mediocrity.

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