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Flowers, Birds, and Beauty — The Photography of Karen Powers

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Parents make a huge impact on their children's lives. That's one of those things we say and deep-down believe. But there are those days -- we've all had them --  when we think, "I'm talking to the…
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Winter Hawk — Beaded Jewelry by Tamara Reily

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Whether or not you like winter doesn't change the weather. What does change is how you feel about it. And while many people groan about the cold, the long nights, the snow that makes driving difficult,…
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Beadwork: Tamara Reily Finesses Ancient Skills in a Modern World

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We have no choice about who we are when we are born: our ancestry, the color of our skin and hair and eyes, who our parents are. It's what we do with what we have that we can be blamed for or praised…
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January Blues: Chase Them away with Art

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For many, January is not an easy month. Type “January Blues” in an Internet search engine and you’ll get digital pages on the subject. According to the experts at the top of the algorithm,…
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Determined and Persistent: Pastels by Marlene Kingman

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You wouldn't think it would be necessary to say this, but it is: Not everyone likes doing the same things. And if you don't -- when you don't -- fit into the paradigm that society or its establishments…
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Unique Victorian Memories: Alligators in Top Hats & Swans in Long Dresses

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Imagine that you're in your attic, whether or not you have one. In the corner, there's an old box. And inside the box are photos of people from 150 years ago, from the Victorian era of England. Only…
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Conventional Advice Is for the Birds — Wildlife Art by Catherine Temple

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When you follow conventional advice, you generally get conventional results. Some people are fine with this, but others . . . aren't. They have a dream, a desire, a goal that impels them through…
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Natural and Calm — Candles and More by Sierra Faflik

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"Do you want fries with that?" It's a familiar question for anyone ordering a fast-food burger, and as a statement it accurately represents the iconic "American" way of life. Fast food, hectic schedule,…
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Outside Adventure — Impressionist Landscapes by LR Montgomery

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Get outside. It’s not bad advice, and we could probably figure out, without promotional public service announcements, that nature is a healing place to be. It’s calm, quiet, and peaceful –…
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Pottery Mom — Functional Clay by Merrilyn Reeves

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Not many women in modern USA boldly call raising a family a career, but potter Merrilyn Reeves isn't afraid to do so. Years before she embarked upon a second career that is now 33-years in progress…
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Watercolor Wonder: Art by Cathy Gottschalk

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They say that first impressions are lasting impressions. And while this tends to be true, it isn't necessarily the best thing. Sometimes, many times, it's beneficial to re-evaluate how we feel about…
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Small Paintings Make a Big Impact

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Oftentimes, when we're told opposites are true, it's Orwellian-Speak: Peace through War. Submission is Freedom. Love is Tough. The author of 1984 lampooned such verbal flummery and warned wise people…