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Un Abrazo - Happy Birthday Pyper

I love birthdays. All birthdays. Mine, yours, theirs. Doesn’t matter. Birthdays make me smile. I know a lot of people who find no joy in them at all. They see them as reminders of being older than they were yesterday. Opportunities to recount all the goals they didn’t achieve the previous year; all the things they didn’t do, didn’t accomplish, didn’t improve upon.



Not me. Where others’ birthdays are concerned, they give me the opportunity to celebrate their presence in my life. And… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on January 26, 2011 at 2:48am — 3 Comments

I Love You Too, Ms. Ethel

For three years to the day, I spent one or two days when I wasn't in the salon working at a nursing home. I had a little room with a shampoo bowl, dryer, station and a nice window that looked out to a couple of bird filled trees. It took about five minutes for me to fall in love with the residents of that home. For many, I was their only visitor each week. Sometimes because they had neglectful families, but more often than not, because they had simply outlived their friends and family. Some… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on January 26, 2011 at 2:37am — 4 Comments

The Spain Chronicles: Chapter 1

I have been asked on several occassions, by several people for a blog on my experiences in Spain. I have attemtpted this blog several times but every time I sit down to write something, it falls flat. I have decided to just do a series of unconnected memories of my experience and hopefully, as they are peiced together, you will get a fuller picture of what a wonderful and powerful time it was. My deepest appreciation to those who have inspired this series. I am enjoying the opportunity to… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on January 26, 2011 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Lost Sheep - deity on vacation part deux

When I was in High School and still under the watchful eyes of family and church leaders, I did what I had to do to get along. I figured if I wasn't "feeling" what I was supposed to be "feeling" (read believing) that one of two things had to happen.



1 - I either had to look inward to find out what I was doing wrong - why couldn't I be like everyone else and just accept the dogma and doctrine, OR,

2 - I had to play along until I could release myself from the clutches of my… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on January 26, 2011 at 2:24am — 3 Comments

I Wish for You (for Pypermarru1)

This is my favorite time of year. I know, weird. Whatever. I love the music, the crowds, the lit up trees. I love looking for the perfect gift, sitting in front of the fire, baking sweet treats. I love surprising people with gifts who least expect them.  I love bells on my Christmas socks, my Santa hat, and my Mrs. Clause dress. (of course I have one) And I particularly love irritating the hell out of all the Scrooges at work.

 

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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 2:10am — 7 Comments

REAL paper dollars

I got a whole, real paper dollar for my fifth birthday. I was very excited. My dad was always generous with his change and I was quite fond of that too. You could buy a cherry or grape sucker for a nickel, or a piece of double bubble for a penny, or even a chocolate or two for somewhere in between.…
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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 1:18am — 4 Comments

a eulogy of small consequence

I am in mourning of the truest sense. Oh, I won’t be wearing black or covering my face. I will not need drops to lessen the redness of tear drenched eyes, or staying home from work to hide from the world as I toil through my grief. 



No, I will carry on daily…
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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 1:09am — 2 Comments

Diety on Vacation...Leave a Message (for Liz)

Someone asked me the other day if I was glad the holidays were over. No, in fact, I’m always a little sad when the holiday season ends. “But you are not a Christian” she said. Oh? By whose definition? How do you know I’m not a Christian? (The reason this came up at all is because she does not approve of my particular religious upbringing.) I got a bit snippy and asked if her preacher had bought the rights to Christianity lately because the… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 1:00am — 6 Comments

The Tao of Scribbler

Art is personal.



Happiness is a choice



Gratitude is essential



Authenticity is rare





Anything free comes at a great price



Respect is earned



A sense of humor can save you



Words are magic



Strength is mental



Joy is attainable



Work is…
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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 12:53am — 3 Comments

dirt roads and movie stars



Earlier this year I went to Des Moines, Clive to be exact, to teach a couple of classes. I had never been in that part of the country so I began asking clients about what to do, where to go, points of interest. The resounding…

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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 12:52am — 3 Comments

weeds in the toilet



There are times when I sit down at my computer, lay my hands on the keyboard, and thoughts form, words appear on the screen, ideas flow seemingly out of nowhere.…

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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 12:51am — 3 Comments

What is it?

There has been some discussion about art of late. What is it? What makes it good or bad? Valuable or worthless? For what it's worth, here are my thoughts on the subject...…

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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 12:48am — 1 Comment

the homecoming

In the late 60’s we lived in Memphis. My father was active duty navy and spent a lot of time on aircraft carriers. He looked quite handsome in his uniform and he was my hero. He was stationed at Memphis for instructor duty. We used to go to the base and I got to get in the flight simulator that they used to teach sailors how to… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 24, 2010 at 12:44am — 1 Comment

politicians, zombies and other treasures

(Sorry for the Re-run but I like this blog. :c )

My first day off in two weeks. I head for the bookstore. I love the bookstore. The one closest to me happens to be Books-a-Million. I can't decide if I like the name or not. What I do enjoy is wandering about hoping to find a treasure. I left with a bag; although I'm not sure any of my choices could be considered treasures. Unless you count the pen with the light up Skull on it. You hit it on the counter and multi-colored lights…

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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

The Search is On...Write On

When I was in third grade, Mrs. Powell, the most wonderful teacher in the world would tell her unhappy, scowling students, “You’d better straighten that face up. It’ll stick like that.” Almost always, all the other students would start making the face too, and soon the entire class, including the grumpy kid, would be laughing. Mrs. Powell always said, “Now THAT’S a face to get stuck with.”

There was a time when all I had to do to find some fabulous blog to read was turn on my machine…

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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 14, 2010 at 9:21pm — 4 Comments

The Divinity Within

I like to make things. I love to play with my camera. I adore words. Here are a couple of my most recent collages. The first is a declaration. The second is a journey. Both, at least for me, were necessary. My brain seems most comfortable when it is occupied with creation of some kind. I wonder why that is. What drives one to build, create, imagine? There are those who engage in destruction and have taken even that to an art. I find that confusing as well. What compels some to scatter…

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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 14, 2010 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

The Glorious Blogosphere

I've been watching the blogs. Some I actually read. I have been looking for a new blog home for over a year, since my original blog, and to date, the only one that was even remotely satisfying, went belly up. It’s still there. I even went back. But the host site didn't tune into the burgeoning environment and something much less desirable for…

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Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 14, 2010 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Beware of Low Flying Aircraft

In addition to standing behind the chair, I teach continuing education for my company. In fact, I just returned last night from Houston. We have a model we follow regarding the structure of the programs we teach. One of the things we DON'T do is introduce ourselves. No one cares who I am, how long I've been doing what I do, or anything else. It isn't about me. It's about them. They took time out of their busy schedules to do something to advance their careers. They care about what I came to… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 6, 2010 at 10:49pm — 9 Comments

Naps are Good...Don't Throw Your Food

We had a staff meeting a while back. The boss started out with a question and asked everyone to tell one thing they learned in kindergarten. Most said things like “play nice”, “share”, “follow the rules”, “raise your hand”. I said “Naps are good” and “don't throw your food”.



There was a bit of discontent where I work at the time, hence the kindergarten lesson. When you put a fairly large number of people in a relatively small space, there is bound to be an occasional bit of… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 6, 2010 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Elvis Has Left the Building

I answer questions on allexperts.com and recently had a question about how to achieve a haircut inspired by a 1968 Elvis. I answered the question and suggested to the questioner not to be surprised if he was met with some incredulity as we don't often get requests for hairstyles from 40 years ago. It reminded me of a client I had several years ago.



I was working in a small, privately owned salon and I was often the last one to leave. One night, shortly before locking the doors, a man… Continue

Added by Dana (scribblers sanctuary) on December 6, 2010 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

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