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Building Brilliance Backwards

I've always struggled with learning in the classroom. The teacher talking sounded like indiscernible waves of noise, much like what is seen in the "Peanuts" strip. Really. The problem didn't have anything to do with teacher but me. I mean, there were ones who taught in a monotone voice or presented material far over everyone's… Continue reading Building Brilliance Backwards

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Voting Volition

Here's a chance for all you silent stalkers to come out and twirl with me. The four are photographs I've take here and there. Which one would you like to see me paint? Feel free to choose more than one and rank them in order of priority. #1 —   #2 —   #3 —   #4 —  … Continue reading Voting Volition

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Artist in Hiding EXPOSED

Remember my desire to share others' works here? I'm shining a light on a fellow artist, today. These pieces were done by a nineteen-year-old artist. Let me clarify my point. They were completed, when he was nineteen. Amazing, right? *** This artist has been in hiding. But, he has been EXPOSED. For all to see.… Continue reading Artist in Hiding EXPOSED

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Filling the Creative Tank

Until a veteran, published author encouraged me relatively recently to do art to improve my writing, I thought doing that stuff was engaging in frivolous activities with spare time I didn't, don't have, and couldn't afford. She insisted that doing art would help. It would refill the creative tank. I'd have more to bring to… Continue reading Filling the Creative Tank

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A Restaurateur’s Passion and Love

The desire to try Smokin' Fins started with curiosity. Friends had mentioned dining there a number of times on social media. I wanted to find out what made this place interesting. I had heard the food was pretty good and the seafood was fresh. That's about all I had heard. But, that was a good… Continue reading A Restaurateur’s Passion and Love

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Tennessee!

I'm including some of my favorite shots from a recent trip I took to Tennessee. Lily Chang © 2018 This place was where important things happened in my formative years. Perhaps you remember me writing about it in an earlier post. If not, you can take a look here.   This doesn't require an explanation.… Continue reading Tennessee!

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The Piano Teacher that Changed My Life

Her name is Ms. Carter. That's the name I was told to call her, when I was five. And that's what I've called her ever since. If you've been following my blog posts, you might remember me talking about taking piano lessons early on in life, such as in Beyond Competing and Winning. She's not… Continue reading The Piano Teacher that Changed My Life