Hard to believe it was 20 years ago I was part of the launch of this wonderful art book “Alla Prima 1” by master artist Richard Schmid. Through handling the order fulfillment of this publication and Richard Schmid’s painting videos (pre-Amazon days!) I had the opportunity to learn about the art and lives of top artists all over this country and beyond. A gift of a lifetime experience it was. Every day I went to work, I had to just stand in awe of the paintings hanging on the walls at West Wind Fine Art, LLC. What God given talent!
“Go to the people and the places that set a spark in your soul.” ~ Unknown
Above Photo: Indoor Labyrinth – Spiritual Center, United Methodist Church, Steamboat Springs, CO
Above photo: Interior of Spiritual Center, Steamboat Springs, CO
When the light shines through the window pane of your soul, it’s a beautiful thing. The first time I stepped through the doors of the United Methodist Church in 2008, I never felt more connected to a place of worship since the church of my childhood. That church, the Maryland Presbyterian, is a church that my father and his company built.
The pastor of the church I attend now, The United Methodist in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in my opinion, is a rock star who offers inspiring words people come to hear in churches in this day and age. Nearly every Sunday, even in a resort community where people come and go with the seasons, the pews are filled to capacity. The connectedness and fellowship in the church is something very special.
My church life and the community of writers have been the best part of living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Not even to mention the magnificent landscapes. Others like me who have found a special connectedness here have had an etched brick with their family names or special sentiments placed in the courtyard of the new Spiritual Center. That’s where it will permanently stay.
I captured these photos of the new Spiritual Center at the United Methodist Church early one morning when I was with a group of women preparing for the annual 4th of July fundraiser. The street party held after the parade is hosted by The Tread of Pioneer Museum, the United Methodist and the Episcopal Church, all located within a block. Respectively, the three organizations sell “Routt” beer floats, strawberry sundaes and hot dogs in huge quantities! A seventeen piece band adds to the festivities.
Today is the dedication for this building which will bring much connection, light and life to many people in the years ahead.
Above Photo: The new Spiritual Center at the United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs, CO
To some people, living the simple life conjures up thoughts of living out in the woods with no running water, cooking over an open fire and being entirely self-sufficient by growing one’s own crops and hunting and fishing. A bit extreme for most people in this world of modern conveniences.
The good news is there is more than one way of living a pared down lifestyle. We can chose to simplify our lives in ways that might better suit us rather than returning to the homesteading concept.
In the interest of simplifying my blog writing today, here is a link to a great article that outlines 10 ways to simplify your lifestyle. Do a little soul-searching by assessing which choice suits your interests best.
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Happy Friday! Today on All Things Fulfilling I’m keeping it brief ’cause I’m loosing sleep, ’cause I’m rolling, rolling, rolling on this river. Words just keep on burning and I want to keep on going.
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How many books do you have to sell to be considered a best selling author? Research tells me 5,000 copies or more. Clearly, most authors write because they love the process of creating a satisfying story.
But, for every writer out there, there is an element of hope among us. Hope that our books will do much better than we ever anticipated. Some of us allow ourselves to dream beyond our wildest imaginations.
Don’t we all dream of better tomorrows? That’s what inspires writers to get up every morning.
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If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. ~ Margaret Fuller
Today on All Things Fulfilling, we will be talking about typeface, otherwise known as fonts.
The last time I wrote about fonts, I told a personal story about the challenges I faced when I chose a script font for the title of my e-book of short stories Lessons of Heart & Soul. To read about the problem the font presented, check out Book Covers and Fonts, a posting from last spring.
Ist cover image – difficult to read title in some digital advertising
Revised font – more clarity in small digital images
I know what I like when I see different typefaces but not being a font expert, I am not sure which work well for e-books and other digital platforms for books.
I’m putting a shout out to graphic designers to see if a new font, Heart & Soul is suitable for digital formats, such as for a title on an e-book cover. We want to pass the information along to other independent publishers.
Thank you! My heart goes out to you for generosity in sharing your knowledge.