Write What You Know

They say that authors should write what they know.  Well, I’m an expert on this subject.  I’ll brag openly with unbridled hubris to extol my skills.  A recent vacation to a location much colder than San Diego put me in a Jack London mood.  So for the most recent A Word with You Press writing […]

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December 17th, 2013 by Diana Diehl

Does Size Really Matter?

Are you a somewhat chagrined owner of a small, or even a pocket dog?  Do you continually tell people that you used to own big dogs?  Are you embarrassed when your dog screeches like a dwarf banshee at the dog park when any big dog looks cross-eyed at him or when she nips the ankles […]

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December 15th, 2013 by Diana Diehl

I Love Convertibles

Although I’ve always wanted a yellow, circa 1955 convertible, that’s not the kind I mean.  I’m talking about T-shirt conversions.  I don’t really like to wear t-shirts–the necks bind, and I just look dowdy in them–but I love t-shirt art.  It’s wearable pop art, elegance be damned.  I drooled over the beautiful conversions on Etsy, […]

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September 17th, 2013 by Diana Diehl

What’s in a Name … er … Title?

Forgive my un-originality!  How long may we paraphrase the Bard and not be trite?  Forever and anon, I say! There has been in a change in plan. Names, titles, monikers, distinguish us and set us apart, hinting at our origins and our affiliations.  A title can cause symphonies to play, evoke textures and scents, and […]

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September 16th, 2013 by Diana Diehl

A New Project: Misho of the Mountain

White Storm, the Movie, has moved on to the marketing stage and is out of my hands. The Facebook page continues to gain followers (Check out the new HD trailer on You Tube). In the mean time, it’s time for a new project. My new undertaking is a children’s book. I completed the manuscript years […]

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August 22nd, 2013 by Diana Diehl

Gratitude Journal Day 2 Assignment: Give Thanks for Food

I am currently three days behind on my Gratitude Challenge. I was to have made public thanks for my food through verbal expression and pictures. I keep forgetting. The verdict is grim: I take food for granted. It’s not that I don’t love and enjoy food. As my favorite creator of homilies, Cactus Bob, says, […]

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August 19th, 2013 by Diana Diehl

Gratitude Journal: Day 1 Assignment

Day 1 of Celestine Chua’s Gratitude Challenge. Already the heat is building, the assignments quickly escalating. What must I do today? #Gratitude Challenge Day 1: Write 10 Things You are Grateful For in Your Life That should be easy! The objects of my gratitude are legion. The wonderful people in my life: Shannon, my partner, […]

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August 16th, 2013 by Diana Diehl

Gratitude Challenge Day 0, Gratitude Journal

My Day 0 assignment for Celestine Chua’s Gratitude Challengeis to start a journal. Does it belong here in my business blog? Perhaps not, since many of the things I might write here might not be suitable for public consumption. But I can mark it as private and make it personal, knowing nothing is foolproof on […]

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August 16th, 2013 by Diana Diehl

Pangolin, My Pangolin

This is a work that has spanned years and years.  I made this ceramic pangolin over ten years ago back in Illinois but never fired it. When I found out the owner of the retreat I was going to (Jackrabbit Retreat in 29 Palms, Betty Jo Duke, proprietor ) was a ceramics guru, I asked […]

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May 15th, 2013 by Diana Diehl

Something is Rotten in . . .the Pharmacy

This post is not about creativity, but about the fundamentals further back in the pyramid of life–sheer survival.  My byline states that skepticism is part of this blog, and I’ve got a bad case of it today.   What’s the inside scoop on tetracycline? It is “unavailable.”  Doxycycline, an antibiotic in the same family, which […]

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March 19th, 2013 by Diana Diehl