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Win a Limited Edition “Preparing the Manger” Advent Calendar Collection!

Several years ago when Lifely Designs was first conceived, Lauren A. Rupar (of Lauren A. Rupar Photography) and I decided we needed an Advent Calendar that covered the whole of Advent, not just 24 days in December. After many hours of writing and editing, fighting with printers and searching for just the right stickers and […]

Consciously Becoming – #captureyourgrief 2016 #whathealsyou

“Where did it come from?” It’s probably one of the most common questions artists get asked about their work. Though as common as it might be, it would be easier to explain to a preschooler where babies come from.

Visual Verse

Before I considered myself any kind of writer, I was an artist.  I remember Mom saying, “Just give her a pad of paper and a pencil, and she’ll be quiet for hours.”  Of course, I tended towards “quiet” even without something to do, but still, she was right.  I would draw and create for hours […]

Freedom, creatively speaking

Last October on my way to a poetry reading, stopped at a red light, I saw one of the coolest cars ever. OK, so maybe the car itself wasn’t so cool. It was a primer-grey, boxy boat, maybe an Oldsmobile or Buick circa 1989. (I know this because I’ve owned a couple of those.) But […]

Laying it all out…

Though I was on the newspaper staff in middle school, did layout for my high school year book, and worked on my college’s art & literature annual for three years, until recently I never fully appreciated the artistic merit of a good layout. Perhaps that would have been beaten into me more if I had […]

torch bearing quietly

I will not act out, will not
yell or curse or slam doors,
will not make a scene -- you
do not deserve such a chance
to make an example out of me
to be proven right since you
are not. Instead, I'll stand
at this street corner, raise
my hand high and clench that
light which yet remains. It
will burn brightly, quietly,
fiercely before fading as I.

Then I'll be gone but found.

©JAC 2005

Poetry by Julie Ann Cook!

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Love Like Weeds
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