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The Good Life

BY TRACY K. SMITH When some people talk about moneyThey speak as if it were a mysterious loverWho went out to buy milk and neverCame back, and it makes me nostalgicFor the years I lived on coffee and bread,Hungry all the time, walking to work on paydayLike a woman journeying for waterFrom a village without a…

Exiles in this World

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The striving to make this space familiar is paramount until one day we recognize that the toxins around us are temporary The home we have created was purchased through hours and hours of work and online shopping The house is rocked by wind we didn’t create Our family and friends move away The chance to…

3 weeks away

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On January 2nd, my newest work [and first children’s book] will be released with Black Rose Writing! It’s titled The Scary, Gray Shark. This book is a culmination of being a first-time parent, seeing our family change and grow, and moving to Charleston, SC in 2019. It’s protagonist, a bull shark called Zella, is given…

Update: Ocean Ramsey reviews THE SCARY, GRAY SHARK!

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Advance praise for The Scary, Gray Shark, from Ocean Ramsey, saying: “Such beautiful artwork on each and every page. I love sharks – and it’s wonderful to see Zella make friends…find respect instead of fear in our ocean ecosystems. It is wonderful to see people speaking up for sharks.” Her bio: http://oceanramsey.com/ Ocean Ramsey operates…

‘Artists’ don’t stop

Austin Kleon’s newest effort – Keep Going This newest work by Austin Kleon really hit me – at a time I needed it most. 2019 – Move to a new city 2019 – Renting in said city 2019 – Baby turns 1 year old 2019 – New job in city 2019 – New church 2019…

‘Real’ Artists Share

– from Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work Our math teachers (I’m looking at you Allyson Upchurch Tucker, Teresa Rankin, and Michael Whittenburg) taught us to “show your work” in each step to solving a mathematical equation. It permitted us to see the process from beginning to end. It also helped us prepare for scary acronyms…

Art as Theft

This was an interesting read for me when I really needed it (about 1 year ago). I highly recommend it for a multitude of reasons: 1.) desire to be more creative 2.) desire to share ideas with others 3.) interest in drawing better doodles 4.) simplifying your schedule Austin Kleon brings a whole new approach…

Rediscovery

An early version of the prayer wheel. “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jer. 6:16a Prayer has frequently crept into a back corner for me. The ‘I’m too busy’s take over. I…

Undignified

2 Sam. 6:22 A – ” I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” Author Jim Forest’s account of meeting Thomas Merton for the first time is one of my all-time favorite stories about meeting your hero. Think of yours. Think of how you’d expect them…

Influence

If your sphere of influence is literal, what does it touch? One person at work. Maybe two at the store. These are three people, in that order, that no one else has the privilege to encounter quite like you. To make an impact. Them on you. And conversely, you on them.
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