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Maria’s Musings & Advice: A Pep Talk for a Bored Worker

By on Mar 30, 2017 in Advice, The Creative Life | 0 comments

Dear Maria, I need a pep talk about work. I am a writer at a university. The work flow is feast or famine. I’ve hit the famine phase of the cycle. I don’t do well with boredom. What little work I do have I can’t find the motivation to do because once it’s done, then what? I need this job and am determined to...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Is This My Big Break?

By on Feb 10, 2017 in Advice, Music Musings, The Creative Life | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I have an opportunity to make a career change. I have been in administration and marketing for most of my career. I am not too far from retirement, but still want and need to work for several more years. I have an opportunity to get involved with an artist’s studio, leading classes, conducting workshops, and also...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Sustenance for The Holidays

By on Nov 25, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Advice, Everyday Inspired, Movie Musings, Music Musings, The Creative Life | 0 comments

Dear Maria, I write a weekly advice column on my blog. It’s published on Thursdays, and on Fridays it goes out to my readers via email and on social media. This week, I missed my deadline because of Thanksgiving and other work commitments. Have I blown it with my readers? Do you think they will forgive me? Signed, Thinking They’re...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Too Tired

By on Nov 4, 2016 in Advice, The Creative Life | 4 comments

Dear Maria, I just started a new job, and I feel so overwhelmed. I’m so tired when I come home at night. I have some projects I started, like needlework and beading, and I don’t have any more time to do them. I don’t know when I’ll get to them again. I just can’t seem to get my energy up to work on them. You’re a writer. Do you...

Review: Amy Grant’s New Christmas CD “Tennessee Christmas”

By on Nov 2, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Music Musings | 0 comments

From the first notes of Amy Grant’s new Christmas music CD, Tennessee Christmas, it feels so cozy. We’re fireside with a woman who loves the Christmas season so much, she’s dedicated (now) 5 albums of her extensive discography to it. Most years, she’s on tour right up until Christmas week making spirits bright. Tennessee...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: The Creative Life

By on Aug 4, 2016 in Advice, Music Musings, The Creative Life | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I am an aspiring writer. I’ve been at it for several years with moderate success. My question is about what to do when people ask me about my work. For example, my husband and I were at dinner with some friends last week. One of them asked me about my latest project, and when I told him, his response was, “There aren’t...