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What I’ve learned from those who claim to be uncreative

I hear it all the time, “I wish I were a creative person.” Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t agree with that statement. I think it’s unfortunate that people believe creativity is something you can only associate with art. Creativity is so much more than art. It is the essence of how we…
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WWTLD: What Would Ted Lasso Do?

It was a Friday evening, and my husband had had a particularly difficult work week. He was salty, to say the least, and after hearing an irreverent interview with Brendan Hunt, writer and co-creator of “Ted Lasso,” I suggested the 35-minute comedy may be something to pull him out of his doldrums. I like being…
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Creating our 2020 holiday card: Dissecting the creative process

Holiday cards have been a time-honored way for companies to reach out clients, colleagues and even competitors during a special time of year. In my work as a freelance artist over the years, I have created unique cards for hundreds of clients that express the specific message they want to communicate. And what I’ve learned…
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Taking a break

According to a recent report in Forbes magazine, the United States is the only advanced country that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time. Almost one in four Americans don’t receive any paid vacation or paid holidays, trailing far behind most of the world’s rich nations. Meanwhile, workers in Brazil lead the pack…
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You’re a Marshmallow, Tiffannie Bond

I am a Kickstarter backer and a Marshmallow. If you don’t know what either of those things are, you may not have heard of “Veronica Mars” or the Kickstarter campaign that revived the three-season-long series that went off the air seven years ago. You don’t know who killed Lilly Kane, or who really caused the…
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