Smoke and Mirrors

“Gorge smoke crept in through our bedroom windows last night. The stealthy intruder stole our breath and brought acid tears to our eyes.” That’s how I began a Facebook post on Saturday.  People complimented me on the great description, though I can’t claim the credit.  I give that to my sleep-deprived, coughing subconscious.  Smoke and…

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When It’s Time to Unravel

My maternal grandmother taught me to crochet at the tender age of 7.  Despite limited formal education herself, she taught me many things over the decades – about making due with what I have, about self-confidence and bravery, about baking and cooking, and about being creative in all aspects of my life.  She also taught…

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Summer Road Trips Made Me the Creative I Am Today

I recently posted about the nostalgia I feel about summer road trips.  They made me the creative I am today.  Read about it below and see if you’ve had similar experiences! The summer after first grade, my family began a new annual tradition.  A day after school let out, we’d pile into the car and…

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What Makes Your #18FreeReads Writers Tick?

Hi Avid Readers! Did you ever want to peek behind the curtain of a romance writer’s mind? Today’s your lucky day! I interviewed my #18FreeReads compatriots on questions tickling my curiosity. (Haven’t heard of this giveaway? Download all of the books here until May 22.) What makes us tick? You, the readers, first and foremost!…

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Change is in the Air – or is it Spring?

It presses in like a dense fog, unabated and blinding.  Even as its weight sways us, we refuse to move.  Why?  Because change is…HARD. Some might say this thing that feels like change is simply the advent of a new season.  I beg to disagree, at least for me.  Change for me is inevitable.  Without…

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How I Meditate to Create

I get Busy Brain Syndrome.  The symptoms of BBS include multitasking, stressing about trying to get everything done, and inevitably dropping the ball on something because I’ve over-committed my time.  Does this sound like you?  Help is at your fingertips, and you don’t have to pay a guru to learn to overcome BBS. Granted, it’s…

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March – and the Traveling was Easy

I have to say it.  Travel is humbling. We just got back from a bucket list trip, a cruise around Cape Horn in South America with days in major cities added at either end.  It was amazing, enlightening, and befuddling, all at the same time.  And yes, rounding Cape Horn was as wild and crazy…

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Luck in the New Year – January 2017 Kohano Newsletter

To tickle your fancy: Serendipity, luck and preparation Cold weather activities in the garden Books to help you ward off the blues Here’s this month’s edition!     Frogs are a symbol of luck, fertility, prosperity, wealth, friendship and abundance in many cultures. Most importantly, they make me smile! What better way to begin this year?…

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Anticipating an Awesome 2017

It’s there, right around the corner.  The future.  A new year, one that I intend to turn into something awesome, and I WILL make it happen! I hear your questions, your doubts, your snide laughter of disbelief.  How can I know it will be awesome?  I mean, who can predict the future?  (2016 taught us…

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Grateful for the Season – December 2016 Kohano Newsletter

In this holiday edition of the Kohano Newsletter – What the holidays mean to me Yes, I love fruitcake! Last minute gift ideas Topics to dwell on! Happy December and whichever holidays you celebrate, my friends! It seems creativity and its results are all around us at this time of year.  From things we cook…

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