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How to Find the Perfect Workshop Venue

By | May 3rd, 2016|Workshops|

How do you know when you’ve found the perfect workshop venue? It’s usually when your students ask you to teach more workshops in that space! Now depending on what you teach you’re going to have different requirements for your students. Some of you may even use your own home as your workshop space, but you [...]

Lesson from George Washington: Are You Wearing Your Brand?

By | May 3rd, 2016|Performing|

Before he was famous, George Washington loved fashion and well-tailored breeches—especially when his pants weren’t too tight around his legs and butt. He knew that clothes made the man and he accepted his high laundry bill because if you look good, you feel good and those around you can feel your positive morale. When he [...]

Lesson from Thomas Jefferson: How to Be Gentler with Yourself

By | May 2nd, 2016|Self Improvement|

When my writing/editing business was a few years old, I’d edit through the night, sleep in my clothes and work through every weekend. I’d eventually catch up on my sleep, but then do the whole cycle again. And there’s still times like a few weeks ago I work at the margins of the day/night and [...]

Lesson from John Denver: Too Much Self-Promotion?

By | April 11th, 2016|Book Publicity|

I recently received some feedback that I promote myself too much and that I should “tone it down.” I didn’t reply, but still wanted to thank the giver of that feedback. Why? Because if I’m promoting too much it means I’m doing something right and I’m getting out there. Also, I know that I give [...]

3 Lessons from Benedict Arnold: How to Get Out of Your Own Way

By | April 4th, 2016|Self Improvement|

I discovered infamous traitor Benedict Arnold as a fourth grader studying the American Revolution. Back then, books portrayed Arnold as an evil turncoat who tried to hand over West Point to the British on Sept 25, 1780. Fortunately, now there are many books for young people that show how Arnold was a flawed hero and [...]

What Inspires Good Poetry?

By | April 4th, 2016|Creativity|

National Poetry Month is finally here! I had the pleasure of Michele Tracy Berger of Pittsboro, NC, interview me about my poetry practice. Michele is a creativity coach, writer, professor and yoga teacher. In 2004, she launched The Creative Tickle™, a coaching practice that focuses on innovation and resourcefulness development, helping individuals and organizations to understand and harness the [...]

10 Tips for a Perfect Poetry Reading

By | March 28th, 2016|Performing|

It’s almost April and that means it’s almost National Poetry month. Throughout this month, I’ll post a poetry-based blog post every week. And if you live in the Triangle, I’m teaching a poetry workshop on Sunday, April 17th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Page 158 Books in Wake Forest. Click on the link for [...]

Are You Addicted To Being Busy?

By | March 15th, 2016|Creativity|

This topic makes me very uncomfortable because I am addicted to being busy. I feel weird and disjointed if I’m not working at all hours, if don’t have 10 projects stacked up, if I’m not stressed out. And when I’ve got downtime, I volunteer so I have something to do—crazy! But this is wrong. I [...]

Why Is Poetry Important to Our World Today?

By | March 14th, 2016|Book Launch, Creativity|

Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry's strength lies in its ability to shed a "sideways" light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. No question about it. Poetry teaches us how to live. Poetry is like the Windex on a grubby car [...]

Is Balance Even Possible?

By | March 1st, 2016|Creativity|

Some weeks you just can't achieve any balance—I’m right in the middle of that right now, but you can set a priority of three things you need to accomplish each day. For me, that's editing paid client work, practicing my music (guitar/violin) or dance, and getting my marketing emails/newsletter out (since that's income generating stuff) [...]