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Finding the Beauty – In Your Walk

I have been spending some time walking in my local park and I must admit it has been so nice (great extended summer-like weather), in a way it has been my time to think. There is something very spiritual about … Continue reading

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Stay Connected-Personal Note Cards!

Life moves fast and staying in touch with our special friends, service providers, employees, family members, etc. can be a big challenge. However , being on the receiving side of getting a special personal note can make my day and … Continue reading

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Finding the Beauty: Community Projects

I came across some old articles and photos of a really awesome project I had the privilege to organize manage and design. This particular project was inspired during my stint as President of the Thrivent for Lutherans New Castle County … Continue reading

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Finding in the Beauty-Creative Projects

My grandmother, Ara Jane (yes, I share the same first name too) passed away August 2, 2000, 13 years ago, next month. I still miss her so much and sometimes I still have really vivid dreams; walking around with her … Continue reading

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Finding in the Beauty – Can Require Patience & Trust

Many years ago, yikes did I just say that, I began working in this graphic design field before computers, yes that’s right before you could hit delete, erase, copy, paste, etc. So it is fair to say, it is kind … Continue reading

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Is Publishing a Book on Your Bucket List?

Today more than ever publishing your own book has become very easy to do and in comparison to early times, quite inexpensive. Websites like Lulu, Blurb, Create Space, Author House, Xilbris, Amazon and Diggy Pod are just a few of … Continue reading

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Finding in the Beauty in the Wobble-Tumble

What do Cassius Clay, Weebles® and beautiful Sea Glass have in common? The Wobble-Tumble– Yes, even the great Mohammed Ali had the Wobble! However, just like those great Hasbro Weebles®, “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down”! Mohammed knew a … Continue reading

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Promoting and Branding Events with Illustrative Style

Anniversaries, Business Grand Debuts, Product Launches, Annual Conferences, Expos, Festivals, and Book Debuts are just a few examples of important events that require careful strategy and planning months to a year ahead to attract your desired audience. Events are just … Continue reading

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Gifts That Touch the Heart

The only gift that I can remember ever making my mother cry (in good way) was a photo of her Grandmother and Grandfather I digitally restored. Believe me, I have given her many gifts through the years much more expensive; … Continue reading

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Finding the Beauty: Oil and Vinegar Don’t Mix

I’m sure you have heard the saying “oil and vinegar don’t mix”. Maybe you have referred to a relationship with, “We don’t see eye to eye, we are like oil and vinegar”! It’s so funny to me, because I’m sure I have … Continue reading

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