Wisdom from a toddler!

Recently I received a Snap-chat of my two year old grand-daughter Lillian. She proudly sat at a table feeding Play-Doh into a tool she squeezed hard with her two little hands. While doing this, she exclaimed, “This is really hard,” she took a deep breath, slightly sighed and continued, “but I can do it!”

After the squiggly strings of the clay-like substance landed on the table’s surface she gave the biggest smile, grinned from ear to ear, and proclaimed, “I made orange spaghetti.”

As I later reflected on this image of an enlightened little girl, happy, positive and filled with pride, a lesson we as adults need to be reminded of—-I realized self-doubt can hold us hostage and keep us from moving forward in completion of a difficult task. Within the last few weeks, I’ve noticed some comments in on-line groups I belong to, primarily writing groups of self defeat creeping in like a stranger in the night. Conveyed for example as “I’m not a good writer. I can’t do this. This is too hard.” Partly these type of comments might have to do with negative reviews, naysayers or non-supportive people.

Put away any self-doubts where they belong, far from your thoughts. Embrace the positive you. Follow your passion whatever that may be for you. Follow your heart. And, most importantly listen to the wisdom of a little girl; a toddler:




Are you afraid?

Fear can sneak up out of the blue and take one hostage. I found this with writing. Was my creation good enough or was it even worthy to be seen by others and read? It wasn’t until I let go of that nagging feeling of the ‘what if’s’ and not ‘good enough’ that I realized my passion for writing won and snuffed out my fears. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Follow your heart and you’ll be good to go. I plunged right into the deep end and spent four months in 2017 penning my first debut fiction novel, Emma Beware. A few months later Clara Beware followed.


Take a minute from your busy life. Close your eyes. Conjure up an image Open your eyes. Take out pen and paper or your computer. Write about that image using your five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight).

Yahoo. Pat yourself on the back. You are a writer!

Leave a comment if you would like to share what you wrote about.





The Mystery and Art of Writing!

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

—-Elbert Einstein astrology-astronomy-atmosphere-1151262

Writing is an Art. Some people are gifted with the ability to take a blank page and create beauty with paint and a brush. Others are not so blessed, like me for instance. The best I can do on any given day is draw a stick man, and even that is quite the challenge. Art is not only glorious, brilliant colors colliding on a canvas developing into a masterpiece. Art can also be in written form. After all, taking prose and putting this into creative form is akin to taking paint or pencil and creating an image on a blank slate. Using words in a powerful chain, can also create an image.

Since art comes in more than one form, I thought reading some quotes regarding Art might be beneficial and awe inspiring.

Fine art is knowledge made visible—Gustavo Courbet

The temple of art is built on words—Josiah Gilbert Holland

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality—John Stuart Mill

A line is a dot that went for a walk—Paul Klee

Happy art-ing!