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Look at THIS and Tell Me what You Feel.

HELEN MIRREN MADE ME DO IT. By Tania Carriere I too had the exact same reaction when I saw this photo of Helen Mirren. She is a Badass in all the best possible ways, but I'd never seen her this way before.  "It was a normal enough moment. I was sitting at a Starbucks, coffee in hand, putting off some work for a few indulgent minutes of Facebook. I was robotically scrolling, only partially engaged with the usual mix of animals, self-help quotes and messages from friends.   Photo credit Annie Liebovitz That’s when it happened to me. That’s when this photo happened to me. I froze, my scrolling index finger mid-air. I was riveted. I could not stop looking. I felt...

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We Are Being Called

As you may have noted, I have been at a loss for words these days - and my friends will happily tell you I tend to confuse my texts with Ted Talks! The confusion and fluidity of circumstances spark new scripts inside my head daily.  The devastation may be grave. Not only due to infection, but due to the measures put in place for prevention. Every hour I think of a business or person and wonder how they can possibly survive this? Times like these provide clarity about what really matters. We must mitigate in every way possible, knowing there is little we can control right now. But we can control how we reach out to help. The link below is rich with...

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The Gift of a Talisman

Having a talisman imbued with your intention is a creative and meaningful way of focusing on what you want out of life’s journey. For millennia, mankind has found peace and solace in objects of significance. When cleansed and consecrated through ritual, such objects--be they gems, amulets, herbs, or written words--become talismans. A talisman is any item imbued with history, meaning and emotion, rendering it with a unique power to manifest specific intentions. Ancient Egyptians used massive stone tablets as healing talismans while the Greeks and Romans used lead talismans to communicate with the spirit realm. Traditionally, a talisman acts as an element to anchor energy in the physical world. The energy being called upon may be protective in nature or...

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The Gap

Five years later and it all still applies. Volume of work is an understatement, but still pushing through!

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Do Pearls Make You Feel Like Your Sister-in-Law Who Still Wears Weejuns?

I think pearls get a bad rap these days. People either hate them or can't live without them. There's very little middle ground with pearls. In these modern aesthetic times, they feel a bit dated. Unless they're completely mutated, over- sized baroque pearls that look like they've been on an all-nighter with Joan Rivers. I'll admit it; I'm a sucker for those unconventional, "dirty stay out" pearls.  But here's the thing: pearls bring something to the party that no other beads bring and that's luster, my friend. They have a translucence that captures magical colors from the spectrum and bounces them around to create depth and shine. I think white pearls are indisputably pretty, and they mix well and wear well with...

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