Tag Archives: overcoming


Today was the book launch of Windows Across Oceans, an eBook in which nine women from around the world share their remarkable stories of overcoming.  I created The Giver to express the mission of literacy, a glorious burden shared by those who long … Continue reading

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Warrior Princess, New Mask Painting in Process

I’ve been working on a new acrylic painting, Warrior Princess, inspired by a mask my daughter, Elya, made and a poem and post I wrote. Far from finished, this painting has truly been a delight, as I explored contrasts of black and … Continue reading

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Pencil-Thin Purposes: When Dreams Disappoint

I peek through a windowpane on this frosty February morning in anticipation of a velvety blanket covering the road to work. Yet last night’s weather broadcaster’s boastings of severe snow conditions fell far short of my expectations; in fact, not … Continue reading

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I’ve Met the Wind

Often the greatest opponents of change reside with us: fear of uncertainty, lack of self-confidence, or difficulty rising above life’s obstacles. Yet regardless of our human frailties. I believe each one of us has a destiny filled with purposes. Like … Continue reading

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The Heron of Hope

My brother tells of a heron, hunting squirrels around his barn. He sees the big bird in his mind’s eye as he describes this odd occurrence to me at a family gathering. “JoDee, there’s a heron hanging around our barn. … Continue reading

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The Muse of Memoir: Share your Story

Have you ever felt transported into a former situation that provoked painful memories? Yesterday I had coffee with my mother and her best friend, Lonnie—both creative women who bless others with their unending artistry, overflowing encouragement, and refreshing zest for … Continue reading

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Glowing Pearl

In life, as with pearls, endurance coats the irritant until something beautiful forms. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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