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READ & WRITE: Essential Blogging Tips

Blogging is hard work but it's rewarding work. When I get to a place where I am writing freely, where I am able to post when I want about what I want, when I feel organized, when my correspondence is up to date -- that is when my content is ticking. And that's when relationships are built. That's when new opportunities knock on my door. And it's when I feel most personally fulfilled and inspired. I want you to have that feeling too. So here goes. My Essential Blogging Tips

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READ & WRITE: The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon... I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

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VIBES: A Playlist For Your Drives

There's something about birthdays. Another marker of a year's plodding progress. And there's something about every birthday that makes me miss my dad. Can he see that Henry has a beard? Would he like it?  Can he see that Katie has a shaved head? Was he watching while Mom painted the bedroom and the hallway? Would he like the person I am becoming?  Can he see my brother and sister and I -- navigating as we can around early adulthood, sometimes fumbling, sometimes succeeding? I hope he can. I think he can. And the ways I commune with my Dad are in quiet moments like this -- in my truck, driving home, listening to Emmylou and the CD's I've made for myself that remind me of him.

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READ & WRITE: Sweet Valley High

When I was young, I dreamed of one day owning a shop, one with catalogs and real merchandise and many customers -- hopefully still including my dad. I also dreamed of being a writer. It sounded like a perfect job, this writing. You could do it from anywhere, one. Two, you didn’t need a team of people or a specific place to do it. I liked that it seemed moveable, transportable, efficient, and private. Thirdly, writing could be done with very few tools. A spiral-bound notebook, a pen, a place to sit.

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WEEKENDS: Springtime Saturday

Two weeks ago my neighborhood was a chilly hinterland of rusty trucks, piled-up snow, and ice-slicked roads. This weekend, however, it was beautiful --sixty-two and sunny with a slight breeze and patchy fog. I slept with the windows open, and in the afternoon padded around the creaky floorboards of my top-floor apartment in bare feet and a t-shirt, a summertime Shiner in hand. Saturdays -- the one day of the week that is unquestionably YOURS, unencumbered by the schedules and demands of others. 

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GO: New Mexico's Turquoise Trail

I am always searching for more destinations that I would do well to add to my never-ending travel bucket list, and Medium has proven a useful road-trip research tool as well as a fantastic lazy afternoon time-suck. This essay about New Mexico's Turquoise Trail comes to mind, as well as this piece about driving from San Francisco to Santa Cruz on State Highway 35.

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GO: Belle Fourche

Last fall found me in Belle Fourche with Venice-based production company Farm League. Although the other commercials we worked to shoot in both Wisconsin and Minnesota during the month of October placed us in  unexpectedly beautiful small town locales, the western leg of the job was perhaps the most cinematic and spartanly beautiful.

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VIBES: Lubbock, Texas and Buddy Holly

"If Buddy Holly were Lubbock's sole contribution to American music, he might be considered an inexplicable anomaly, but generations of West Texas mavericks have followed his lead, making Lubbock the least likely of music meccas, a garden of creativity within a literal desert. From Buddy's sidekick Waylon Jennings, and from Roy Orbison, a West Texas neighbor from Wink, though visual artist/songwriter/provocateur Terry Allen, through the legendary Flatlanders trio of Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, through the Dixie Chicks' homegrown, outspoken Natalie Maines -- a Lubbock gal if there ever was one -- there's a streak of artistic rebellion that is as strong as the region's conservative orthodoxy." 

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