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Review: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour @ATTPAC @RentOnTour #Rent20

Opening Night Ovation for RENT: Feels like a Party! Opening night for RENT 20th Anniversary Tour in Dallas ended with a cheering crowd and a standing ovation. This much-lauded and multi-award-winning show with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson plays through October 2nd at the AT&T Performing Arts Center as part of its 2016 – 2017 Broadway Series. It was obvious by the crowd’s cheers and anticipatory applause throughout the show that a good portion of the opening night crowd had not only seen RENT before, but they were very familiar with it. It felt like a party!   RENT’s Storyline: Making…

4 Quick Tips to Make Jealousy Work for You

Jealousy: Out of the blue, you suddenly turn green! Like most unpleasantries, jealousy often strikes without warning. There you are, happily scrolling through Facebook when you see a photo of your friend holding a trophy and… *bzzzt* There it is: jealousy’s sting. While I don’t particularly like jealousy, I no longer let it drag me into a vortex of self-loathing and despair. In fact, I now consider jealousy a helpful tool. Here are 4 tips that help me cope when the green-eyed monster comes calling: My experience with jealousy I’ll start with a quick example of how I’ve used jealousy as a tool…

TGWW RADIO: Bill Foss – Artist, Musician & Spiritual Teacher

Tune in Thursday for Teal Gray Worldwide Radio! Join me and co-hosts Teal Gray, and Jonathan Emmett each and every Thursday for Teal Gray Worldwide Radio when the three of us and our special guests have lively discussions about offbeat, unusual, and downright strange places and events around the world. TGWW Radio’s Special Guest for July 16th: Bill Foss: Spiritual Teacher, Visual Artist, & Musician Mr. Bill Foss , an Internationally renowned visual artist, recording artist, musician, and teacher, has exhibited his artwork and performed concerts across the continental United States as well as Europe. His artistic style, both as an artist and performer, has captured the imagination…

Deep Creek Cemetery in Boyd, Texas: From Pioneers & Comanches to Mickey Mouse & Folk Ballet

Researching Paranormal Texas My husband, Larry, and I visited a secluded and well-kept graveyard called Deep Creek Cemetery. We’ve been visiting a lot of historic cemeteries as research for my travel guide PARANORMAL TEXAS: Your Travel Guide to Haunted Places near Dallas & Fort Worth, as well as my upcoming Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols.  I don’t know why so many cemeteries are reportedly haunted, but here’s what we found on our journey to Deep Creek Cemetery: Pretty Country Drive to a Historic Texas Cemetery Deep Creek Cemetery is a short drive up the road from Boyd, Texas. Getting there…

Jedi Mind Tricks for Writers: a.k.a. The Writing Process blog hop

Who is Holli Moncrieff? I met Holli Moncrieff last month via the 2014 April A to Z Challenge. Holli’s a dynamo as you can see from her bio: As a freelance journalist and editor, I’ve published thousands of articles in magazines and newspapers. I’ve just finished my fifth novel…a young adult book that’s a cross between Single White Female and Mean Girls. Five novels, and counting, on top of a gazillion published articles? I feel like such a slacker! And that’s just a fraction of the creative projects Holli is up to. What’s the Writing Process Blog Hop? Ms. Moncrieff…

Interview with Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking

Wild Woman Waking Guess what? My offbeat travel guide Unexpected Texas is not the only book release I am part of right now. Earlier this month, my good friend and creative partner Morgan Dragonwillow released a book on Amazon. Wild Woman Waking features Morgan’s creative writing, and each of her 57 poems is accompanied by one of my iPhone photographs. A Poetry & Photography Collaboration Morgan approached me with the idea for Wild Woman Waking last summer. At first, I sent her a photo every night after work. After a while, I simply let her pick from the pictures in…

Morgan Dragonwillow features Unexpected Texas on International Women’s Day

Unexpected Texas Climbs the Charts Welcome to Day 7 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. My book is currently for sale as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. I’m also thrilled to report that on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Unexpected Texas reached #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel books! Morgan Dragonwillow: My Creative Champion Today, my book is featured on Morgan Dragonwillow’s blog. I’m so grateful to have Morgan in my life. Even so, I struggled with this post. It’s simply impossible to sum…

Self Publishing a Quirky Texas Travel Guide in 2014

From the A to Z Challenge to Writing a Book Back in April of 2013, at the urging of my dear friend and fabulous creativity cheerleader Morgan Dragonwillow, I took the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For my A to Z Blogging Challenge theme, I chose “quirky Texas” since I knew I could fill up a couple of alphabet’s worth describing all the quirky travel destinations and unusual history I find here in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. What surprised me, however, was the strong response I got to these posts. Comments from non-Texans were mainly along the…

Row80: Focused, not Fuzzy for Round 3

ROW80 Round 2: Fun, but Fuzzy As some of you may recall, I ended round 2 of ROW80 realizing that I need clarity. Don’t get me wrong, round 2 was inspiring, but that inspiration sent my creative self spinning off into many different directions. My creativity got fuzzy and frayed. I ended ROW80 Round 2 with the realization that – while it’s nice to be full of ideas – I need to set clear, concise goals so that I can conquer my writing projects one at a time. My ROW80 Round 3 Goals: ROW80 Check-ins: I will do one ROW80…

Predictions: Which came true for 2011, and what’s in store for 2012?

My Prediction Tradition As I’ve mentioned here before, when my step-daughter was little our New Year’s traditions included writing down predictions for the coming year. The fun part was digging up that list the following year and seeing which things came true and which did not. I revived that prediction tradition a couple years ago through posts such as What Are Your Predictions for the New Year? and Last year’s Predictions for 2010 . So, here we go again, folks! What are your predictions for the year 2012? You can be silly, serious, political or trivial. I don’t care! All…

Resound11: Synesthesia is my Superpower

Synesthesia is my Superpower I chose Synesthesia as my superpower because, while I find it a positive quality, it is often described as a mental disorder. Check out this article from Discovery magazine entitled, Top 10 Little-Known Mental Disorders, which claims, “Synesthesia is a disorder resulting in the sufferer experiencing an alternate sense as a result of the first sense.” Sufferer? Disorder? I love being a synesthete! Makes you wonder how many other things are considered to be abnormal/wrong when, in fact, they actually enrich people’s lives. What is Synesthesia? The word Synesthesia has Greek origins meaning, “joined senses.” The “disorder”…

Traveler’s Show & Tell – 16th Edition

Familiar yet Foreign Hi all! I’m back from my 5 week honeymoon. I’ve been away so long that my house feels both familiar and foreign. Do you know that feeling? Blog Carnival Name Change As you can see, I have changed the name of this blog carnival from Saturday Show & Tell to Traveler’s Show & Tell. From now on, this blog carnival will focus on all aspects of travel, as the name suggests. Where is MY submission? Prior to my vacation, submissions to this blog carnival would kinda trickle in. I rarely got more than 5 or 6 in…

Show & Tell – How to Manage Your Creative Flow

Two things set this week’s Saturday Show & Tell blog carnival apart from previous ones: Gender: This time around, a couple of guys joined in – hooray for adding some testosterne to the mix, fellas. Theme: Although I did not set up a theme for this week’s Show & Tell blog carnival, one has emerged all on its own: How to Manage Your Creative Flow. First up, Madeleine Begun Kane describes in rhyme how she copes with writer’s block in her post, Writing Humor Isn’t Funny. Next, Samir presents a piece entitled See Also … which he describes as, “Rambling…

Do Drugs Make You More Creative?

Anne Wayman touched on one of my pet peaves about creativity today in her post, “Lady Gaga Gets High To Write – Will It Work For You?” over at her blog About Freelance Writing. In the post, Anne confesses that drugs and alcohol do not feed her particular muse. As she puts it, “I either got lazy and didn’t write at all, or, when I sobered up what I had written was just plain awful.” On the other hand, Lady Gaga recently confessed to Anderson Cooper that she smokes pot whilst penning her tunes. I am sure that this comes…

Reverb 10 prompt: 11 Things You Do Not Need

Today’s Reverb 10 prompt comes from Sam Davidson , who wrote the book 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need. What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? I bopped around to see what others plan to rid of in 2011 and to see which things resonated most with me. Ones that I am adding to my own list are in bold type. What I found is that, as usual, Reverb 10 folks interpret the daily prompt in all sorts of ways.…

Free-writing: Julia Cameron vs Natalie Goldberg – Where’s my mountain, baby?

Last night as I drifted to sleep, I began thinking of free-writing, and how Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg both promote freewriting to anyone who wants to write well. Author of the best-selling Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron is known for what she calls,”morning pages.” This is Cameron’s prescription for becoming a better writer, and all that’s required is writing 3 pages in longhand first thing upon waking. Another notable writing teacher, Natalie Goldberg, author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones and many other wonderful books on the craft of writing, also promotes free-writing each and every day, and while…

Being new versus being authentic

The other day, a little bird recommended an interesting article to me. It’s a take on creativity written by Scott Bourne over at the Photofocus blog. In it, Scott mentions how low self esteem stunts creativity, and how freeing it is to let yourself fail. While I’m familiar with those ideas (although I seem to need constant reminders) what was new to me, were his ideas on being authentic: “I learned this concept best by listening to John Paul Caponigro. He was talking about other art forms and mentioned that in Asia for instance, artists don’t worry about coming up…

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