Love Isn’t Practical.




Please Listen.


This is often how I feel! Unable to express my prayers in the right words. And wonder if these prayers need to spoken aloud or if silent prayers I say all day long in my head and heart will be heard. Please listen through my heart. My lips may not be able to speak the words.


Worry, Not.



Writing Challenge: Map It Out

I really want to do this!!! I encourage you to as well! Click on the link to read more about it!

Writing Challenge: Map It Out.

Region 2 Arts Opportunities, Events, and Workshops: Read All About It!

Attention to any fellow artists out there in the Northern Region 2 Arts area! January Highlights!!

Jan2013Highlights from Jan 2013 Northern Arts News include:

  • Jan. 17, 2013 Arts and Cultural Heritage grant deadline
  • February 7, 2013 Individual Artist grant deadline
  • other local, state, and national arts opportunities
  • R2AC’s 365 Days of Art Initiative
  • Arts events, workshops, and more…

Stay in the arts loop; Read Northern Arts News TODAY!

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Daily Prompt: Teacher’s Pet

There are a couple of teachers who had a real impact on my life for the better! I cannot think of one who had a real impact on my life for the worse! I typically only try to look to the better side of things even though sometimes I go astray but in situations as this I think only in the positive part of it. Something positive can always be pulled from a not so positive situation. Like how to do things differently to avoid a not so positive situation or experience.

I will start with the very first teacher to have a positive impact on my life. His name was Tom Ellenbecker. He was my Art Professor at Rainy River Community College when I attended there for my business certificate. I had always loved art but never really thought about it as a profession at this point in life. In fact, I felt I had to get a degree that was more “realistic” or more in demand that would land me a job fresh out of college. As I took his classes every semester through out my time at RRCC, he kept asking me why I was wasting my time at RRCC for a Business Certificate. He encouraged me to follow my dreams and often repeated this same saying to me on many occasions, “This is not your dress rehearsal. This is it. You live only once.” I often followed it with a laugh and wasn’t sure how to react. I knew I enjoyed being creative. I knew that it made me happy and fulfilled!

Well, one day I came to class and he was no longer there. They said he had left for “medical reasons”. I wasn’t sure if this was true and nor was the rest of the class but I have never seen a class so heartbroken to see a professor go. He encouraged our creativity. He taught us techniques and ways to better our skills. He laughed and joked with us. He wasn’t just a professor but became a friend to all of us. We prospered in his class and three of us went on later to pursue art degrees. 2 years after I graduated from RRCC, I enrolled with the Art Institute in Schaumburg, Il for Graphic Design. This was a bit expensive for me. So I moved home and enrolled in school at Bemidji State University for Art-Studio Art. What I really wanted to do was get a degree in Art Therapy so I could help others while being creative but they didn’t offer that.
I figured I would obtain my Art degree and then apply for Graduate School for Art Therapy.

During my time at BSU, I had two amazing professors. They are both so different from each other but have been a very positive influence on my life as a person and as an artist. My sculpture professor, Linda Brown and my printmaking professor, Jason Clark. The things I learned from these two professors was amazing! In ways of expressing myself as an artist, or techniques for each, to encouraging me to apply for shows, grants, residencies, and so on to the point of them questioning me until I find the answers to things I didn’t understand about myself. I have learned how to accept myself as an artist and have discovered who I really am by these two. They are inspiring.

I am so grateful to have had such great influences on my journey in life to finding myself as a person, an artist, a mother, a friend, a lover, and a daughter. I learned how to believe in myself through out my journey in school because of these teachers I was blessed along the way with.

What about you? I would love to hear about yours!



That one small moment in life. One of the simplest things that just leaves you feeling satisfied! Like the way the sun light falls upon the trees and just that small gleam of light as it is the last part of the day light. That one small moment in life.


Life is like…..



Individual Artist Grant Deadline Feb. 7, 2013

Attention to all Artists of the Region 2 area of Northern Minnesota! There is a Grant deadline approaching! I really need to write a grant! Next on the “to-do” list!

R2ACLogo_Color_smallAttention Region 2 Artists!  Individual Artist Grants of up to $1000 are available for individual artists residing in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties in Minnesota.

The R2AC Individual Artist Grant Program stimulates new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to Region 2 artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers.  It is designed for artists at various career stages.  Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.  This program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, or for download from our website.  Stop by, email us at, or call us at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 and we’ll be happy to help!

Grant Applications are postmark due on February 7, 2013.  Eligible applicants must have their applications either postmarked…

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Daily Prompt: Quote Me

I do! A quote that I return to again and again would be by Belva Plain, “How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!”

Isn’t that so true? If you really think about it, and I mean REALLY think about it and where you have been in your life journey, makes this resonate in my mind! If you think about a time when you “thought” you loved someone so much.. even though they inflicted pain on you… be it physical, mental, or emotional.. we end up “caught by the passion of desire”.

Let me put it this way, when involved with an alcoholic in a romantic relationship we are beaten down. Our souls become so battered until we are left with nothing! Physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. But we “love” them so we don’t want to leave because we feel we will be betraying them. I at one point in life was involved with someone who had a bad drinking problem. It never stopped or changed regardless of all the promises and because I thought I loved him or did love him or do or which ever…. I was a helpless little bird, caught in a net because of things I desired. I loved/love the man he was when he didn’t drink but I feared him when he drank. It never was physical but emotional is no less than physical pain. I stayed and I left once and came right back. Then I proceeded to attempt again and gave him another chance based on his promises that things would be different. To my surprise, it wasn’t. I should of known. This brings me to another quote I visit frequently. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results/outcomes.”

I had to make the decision knowing I wasn’t happy there because of the drinking and no matter how many promises were made, they would remain empty. If I wanted to be happy or heal I had to leave. I, myself, and no one else controls my own happiness. No one else. If I am unhappy with my situation only I have the power to change this. So, I did. And I struggled. And I grew. And I learned a lot of different things from the situation.

So please, share with me your favorite and what it is and why it moves you!??

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