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New Beginnings


As some of you know, today my first email newsletter went out, keeping you apprised of latest news, classes, art shows etc. If you haven’t already subscribed, you will notice there is now a place to do so on the home page of the blog. I hope this is one of many new changes over the course of the next year to make the web site more user friendly.

This newsletter was made possible by an artist development grant through the Vermont Arts Council. This past February a friend told me about the Breaking into Business Program, also sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council. My sister-in-law and I attended and the results, including the grant, have been fantastic. The program offered crucial information and advice on how to establish and further your art business as well as awesome networking opportunities. I am really excited about the newsletter, which I will publish monthly to start, that will give you further glimpses into what is going on with my writing, art, and teaching. And, of course, you’ll get a fair share of pug news as well.

Which brings me to the latest update—a new litter of pug puppies at my friend Joan’s home. Five blacks, all different in shape, size and personality. I’ll be introducing them to you in the days ahead. They are three weeks old, have opened their eyes and are learning to stand. The biggest barely fits in two hands, while the little one can curl up in the palm of one.  They are magical and I have been visiting them daily.

Unfortunately, I have to take a break as I am  headed to Philadelphia to volunteer for an open air religious crusade in Nicetown. For those of you who come to the pages of this blog as writing students or art lovers, please don’t be dismayed as I share these other details of my life. We are people of story, which is what art and writing and living and memory and memoir is all about. So just as I encourage you to share yours on the page, I am learning to share mine. I will be writing more soon and sharing lots of news, pics and some latest art projects, too. It has been a busy summer, which means there are many stories to tell.

June Common Thread Giveaway


It’s almost Father’s Day! The perfect time for the perfect giveaway gift. A brand new tee shirt by our own Common Thread artist/writer Rachel Barlow.

The tee shirt, modeled here by Rachel’s very own “Big Guy,” features a coat of arms, drawn by Rachel on the front, and a chivalric code of the Order of the Eternally Missing Sock on the back. The code reads

A Knight of the order shall

 Show Courage when Battling Bills or Backed-up Toilets

(even if the knight can’t tell the difference),

Show Honesty always except when Wisdom is wiser

(as when asked if This Outfit Looks Fat), 

Show Mercy for those using the bathroom next 

(by turning on the fan, Man!),


Have Faith that there will be enough 

mismatches to make at least one

complete pair of socks.

To win this shirt all you have to do is go to Rachel’s site and leave a comment. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on all participating sites on Thursday. The tee  comes in XS-2XL and is available only in white. It is printed by Zazzle.

Visit Rachel’s site and while your at it check out the work of the other participating artists:

Jon Katz

Maria Wulf

Jane McMillen

and me.


And, the winner is…


Congrats to Donna Nicosia winner of Kathleen’s Nohe’s beautiful earrings and necklace set. Please tune in next month for another exciting giveaway and don’t forget to visit the blogs of all the participating artists: Jon Katz, Maria Wulf, Jane McMillen, Rachel Barlow and me.

April Common Thread Give-a-Way



Spring is finally here and even if the weather hasn’t managed to completely catch on to this notion, one thing is certain: it is a time for new beginnings. This April, we Common Thread artists are adding a new member to our group, Kathleen Nohe. Kathleen’s blog is Wearable Earth Jewelry .

This month Kathleen will be giving away a set of green aventurine earrings and necklace. According to Kathleen, “the stone is a gentle comforting and supporting stone. All round healer and calmer. It helps to stimulate emotional recovery and see alternatives and possibilities. It is good for those who need to step out of their comfort zones.” She calls it “a heart chakra stone, gentling balancing without causing turbulence.”

In order to win this beautiful set, just visit Kathleen’s blog between now and Wednesday evening. The winner will be announced on Thursday morning.

Please be sure to check out the other participating artists as well:

Jane McMillen, Rachel Barlow, Jon Katz, Maria Wulf and me.

Easter Puggies

Blog Easter Pugs

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!