When creativity is lacking

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During the past two weeks, I’ve been experiencing something that hasn’t happened in a while. That something is simple: a lack of creativity. But it’s anything but simple when your livelihood is in large part due to the creation of new things. New products. New designs. New classes. It’s all about the new, my friends. And sometimes, when I’m reaching … Read More

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It’s gonna be a little weird

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This morning, Cole didn’t have to be to school early because of a conference he’s attending, so I decided to bump my morning alarm to 7:30. As I lie in bed, waiting to make that all important decision do I hit the snooze on my phone or get up?, I realized that this time next year, sleeping later could be … Read More

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Crafters for a Cause

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Many people in our world have been affected by the recent hurricanes. First Harvey, then Irma, and most recently Maria have caused massive devastation to countless communities in Texas, Florida, the Islands, and Puerto Rico. Simon Says Stamp, along with a number of crafters and craft companies are coming together to help. Please check out this blog post over at … Read More

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Present Participle List for September 2017 + a fall wallpaper for your phone

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Fall is in the air, though with our weather hitting 90 degrees over the weekend you wouldn’t really know it, but still, here are a number of things I’m doing right now. Rewatching the entire series of Game of Thrones. I finished the last season and decided to go back and rewatch. I break up my viewing time: watch a … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for September 2017 + a fall wallpaper for your phone

Previewing the empty nest

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My senior high school student returns today from the final school trip of his young academic life today. Both of my offspring have been educated in the Montessori method since preschool, and the school of their later years requires all students to go on trips at the start of the year that involve nature in some way or another. Nature … Read More

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Back to school

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Here in my neck of Minnesota, school begins the day after Labor Day. That would be today. Today is Dan’s first day of teaching 6th grade at a new school. For those of you who missed that part of the story (not even sure I really posted much about it, honestly), Dan was let go from his 5th grade position … Read More

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Help for Houston

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My sweet friend and native Houstonian is turning 40 today and has put together a fantastic list of places to help the people of Texas. As a thank you to all who donate, she has coordinated a wonderful giveaway from many women and small businesses in the creative community. I love her heart and I also love Texas. Texas is … Read More

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Present Participle List for August 2017

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Photo at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center. Here are just a few things I’m doing right now: Soaking in the waning days of summer break. We have had the freakiest weather here, in that August has been so cool. I think our AC has only kicked on a handful of times. I’m not sure if this is … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for August 2017

Something personal

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The other day I was on a walk, as I’m trying to work a bit less and move a bit more, and it felt like everywhere I looked, I saw hearts. From this tree stump to leaves on the ground, I was seeing hearts around my steps and for a second I thought to myself, “Well, thank you, Nature, for … Read More

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Why I love ultimate

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Photo by Alex Fraser.  Yesterday wrapped up the 2017 Youth Club Championships (YCC) of ultimate at the fantastic National Sports Center in Blaine, MN. The YCC event brings the best youth ultimate players from around the country to compete for three days. Cole plays in the U20 boys division. The other divisions include: U20 girls, U17 girls and boys and U20 mixed, where female … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhy I love ultimate