morality? honesty?

I’m a skeptic about the idea of morality in interpersonal relationships.  I think the only conceptual approach that actually works is honesty.  And it’s only possible to be honest if you know where you’re at and what you can handle. here’s how I’d break it down: I’m absolutely not a moral relativist.  (haha, see that. …

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business advice- from other people

(primarily, from my dad.  but there are some other ideas in here that he didn’t come up with.) I’ve been lucky this way-  I was brought up to understand how healthy small businesses function and to respect them.  (even though I personally choose to not-really-run-a-business. ) I made a list of many of the major…

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artisanal living

I understand, in theory, the way to really make money.  Invent something and manufacture it-  meaning- hire someone else to actually produce the goods and handle distribution.  This approach to making money doesn’t have much of a limit beyond the potential market size. Or, invent something digital and build it, usually with the help of…

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on sucessfully taking a vacation.

when I was about 16 I first read The Artist’s Way.  It was my first real exposure to books about creativity & creative blocks.  Many of the exercises, such as writing one’s life story, didn’t really make much sense at that age, but I was in love with the book and the process of focusing…

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passion/focus

Young and I have been redoing my studio recently, with more changes planned for the slow months of january and february.  really, he’s been doing the work & conceptualizing, and I’ve been agreeing to the costs.  because, left to my own devices, nothing would happen. because I don’t like interior decorating.  the only things I…

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change

I saw some paintings yesterday by a woman on etsy.  I don’t know the artist, or anything about her, but the images struck me as exemplifying creative freedom.  and it struck me in a sharpish way, enough so I felt as though I don’t have that sort of freedom. and I know why I don’t…

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a reading

I had a psychic reading done recently.  She reads via email, which works really well for my personality (the one time I went to a psychic in person I almost had a panic attack.) the general gist of the reading was that it’s deeply important, imperative, for me to focus on my creative path in…

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processing

guilt. strange thing.  where does it come from? for instance:  I’m going to be traveling part of this month, and trying to take care of my run-down health (feel a cold coming on) right now…  so generally, not in my studio/store. (and last week, I was there everyday but kept the doors mostly locked, wanting…

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on sizing

There are some really great things about running a store- I get to see customers trying on clothes, understand what looks good on what type of body, and I can usually guess by a glance what size will work. I also see how clothes can be difficult to fit if someone is particularly tall or…

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on sewing

often people ask me what it takes to learn how to sew. my current answers: a respect for precision.  an understanding of why 1/8th inch matters. the dexterity and coordination to apply the above. good three-dimensional spatial visualization skills. visual analytical skills (being able to look at a garment and mentally deconstruct the steps required…

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