Wednesday, 17 October 2018

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : ALLEN GALLERY OPEN ART EXHIBITION, ALTON, HAMPSHIR...

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : ALLEN GALLERY OPEN ART EXHIBITION, ALTON, HAMPSHIR...: As we know, I'm hopeless at marketing and business and shouting from the rooftops! So here I am. I've got - I believe - three piec...

ALLEN GALLERY OPEN ART EXHIBITION, ALTON, HAMPSHIRE

As we know, I'm hopeless at marketing and business and shouting from the rooftops! So here I am. I've got - I believe - three pieces there. So please go and look (and buuuy!!!). 😃



Monday, 15 October 2018

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : INTRODUCING...LATER BLOOMER WITH DEBRA EVE

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : INTRODUCING...LATER BLOOMER WITH DEBRA EVE: CREATIVITY NEVER GETS OLD                                               Hello. I’m Debra Eve, Proud Late Bloomer… and possessor of...

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : INTRODUCING...LATER BLOOMER WITH DEBRA EVE

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : INTRODUCING...LATER BLOOMER WITH DEBRA EVE: CREATIVITY NEVER GETS OLD                                               Hello. I’m Debra Eve, Proud Late Bloomer… and possessor of...

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : THOUGHT FOR TODAY... FRIENDSHIPS

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : THOUGHT FOR TODAY... FRIENDSHIPS: I couldn't emphasise more the importance of friendships. Maintaining and nurturing the positive ones, and making new ones. We've k...

THOUGHT FOR TODAY... FRIENDSHIPS

I couldn't emphasise more the importance of friendships. Maintaining and nurturing the positive ones, and making new ones. We've known many instances of people who, as they've grown older, have lost friends for various reasons and find it hard to make new ones. Understandably, because it was never easy in the first place. But for those of us who do have the energy and time to do so, it can and should - definitely in my case - be done. 

I'm very guilty of not doing enough of all this so I'm preaching at myself here. Depression can do this to a person, but there's no excuse now that I'm recovered, so I'm on a mission to re-establish our current friendships and make new ones (we've always maintained that it's hard enough to keep the old ones! Very true). I hate phones, for a start. Answering the blasted things. When the land lines trills, the air is blue with my not so ladylike curses. Particularly if I'm settled in front of my favourite ghost shows in the evening and no-one's around to answer it. I've trained myself to be polite to the person on the other end, instead of a: 'WHAT??' even if it is a blasted cold caller, who tend to be the only ones who call on the landline. When it's the dentist or optician with a reminder, I've learned to gracefully say: 'Thank you'. 

Back to friendships. I am envious/jealous of the people in our lives who have friends scattered hither and thither, they've kept in touch with mates from infant school and attend reunions every year, and their social lives are equally hither and thithery. But considering the social lives of these lucky people, practically speaking, we couldn't manage that depth of socialising. It's exhausting! As I say, it's hard enough as it is. Strictly speaking, we're not that kind of folk anyway. We don't have weekends filled with meeting mates in London, or birthday parties or any other kind of party here and there. If I were to be born again, or re-incarnated, I'd say: 'Yeah! Make me that sort of person! Yay!' But I'm not, so tough. 

So I must content myself with touching base with the folks who we've neglected in past years, nurturing the fairy new ones of more recent times, and making efforts to establish new ones so we don't, hopefully, become cranky old folks who's favourite occupation is scanning the obituary columns every day and muttering into our morning teacup: 'Oop. There goes another one.' 



Husband is my best mate/soulmate/rock etcetera. 
This was taken at one of our wild west events













Sunday, 14 October 2018

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : INTRODUCING...LATER BLOOMER WITH DEBRA EVE

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : INTRODUCING...LATER BLOOMER WITH DEBRA EVE: CREATIVITY NEVER GETS OLD                                               Hello. I’m Debra Eve, Proud Late Bloomer… and possessor of...

INTRODUCING...LATER BLOOMER WITH DEBRA EVE

CREATIVITY NEVER GETS OLD

                                              Hello. I’m Debra Eve, Proud Late Bloomer…

and possessor of many passions. I've variously been an archaeologist, a martial artist, and a software trainer—all after age 36. At 50, I finally embraced my passion for writing.
On the first Sunday of each month, I curate a free newsletter about people doing phenomenal things in their 40s and beyond. 
Does an article about yet another 20-something internet millionaire make you wonder where you went wrong?

Does a story about a writer who published her debut novel at age 53 make your day?

Me, too. I’m Debra Eve and I’ve always been intrigued by people who embrace art and adventure later in life.

Yet when I searched for a central archive of those stories, I couldn’t find one. So I created LaterBloomer.com.

Once a month I profile a late-blooming artist, athlete, explorer, or writer, age 35 and up. Most are over age 50. Some are famous, some are not.

I also write about learning, creativity, longevity, anti-retirement, and cultivating an enduring vision.

Being a Later Bloomer has nothing to do with being late. Like the pomegranate tree that fruits in fall, we all bloom in our own time. For me, it’s about the aha! moment that transforms everything that follows.

Mythologist Joseph Campbell famously said, “Follow your bliss.” But we Later Bloomers often resonate more with sci-fi author Bruce Sterling’s advice— “Follow your weird!




I’ve always been a late bloomer. I did what others thought I should—especially my parents. They thought I should earn a “decent” living, so I left home at 19 to study business at USC. By age 26, I managed international software licensing for a Lockheed subsidiary.

But every day I wondered, Is this it?

One summer night in 1988, after commuting an hour from Burbank, I poured a glass of chardonnay and turned on PBS.

Bill Moyers was interviewing Joseph Campbell on The Power of Myth. Campbell’s belief that each person’s life has its own mythological trajectory electrified me.

According to Campbell, “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”

Doing archaeology in the ’90s

I eschewed my next obvious move—earning an MBA.

Instead, at age 30, I entered UCLA to study anthropology. I specialized in archaeology and excavated a Chumash settlement in California, a medieval motte in Wales, and a Neolithic passage tomb in Ireland.

At age 33, I received a prestigious Ahmanson Foundation Grant to help archaeologist Maria Gimbutas, a colleague of Joseph Campbell, bring her final book (The Living Goddesses, U.C. Press 1999) to press.

At 36, I received my master’s degree. While freelancing in archaeology and software training, I
studied Jeet Kune Do at age 38, backpacked solo across Europe at 41, bungee-jumped in New Zealand at 43, and explored the cinematic Hero’s Journey via UCLA’s Professional Screenwriting Program at 44.

At age 46, I found the love of my life and got married.

Then, in my 50s, I got sick. Chronic, soul-crushing pelvic pain that still plagued me after two surgeries. I lived in constant pain, carried 35 extra pounds, and had accumulated $35,000 in debt. Every day I wondered, Is this it?

Between wracking sobs, an inner voice said,

'You can be miserable for the rest of your life or you can be something else. Choose well—you could have another 50 years.
'

I’d hit the “road of trials,” to use Campbell’s parlance, which, in fact, occurs midway through The Hero’s Journey. That’s when I started LaterBloomer.com.

My mission is to remind those who’ve experienced midlife setbacks that their creative Hero’s Journey still awaits.

I’m going to be a healthy late-blooming centenarian and I want to inspire you to join me!

If you’d like to catch up with Later Bloomer’s first 35 profiles and support the site, please consider buying my $2.99 Kindle anthology. Thanks!

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CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : INTRODUCTING ...FIRE TREE STUDIOS

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : INTRODUCTING ...FIRE TREE STUDIOS:   Melissa D'Antoni        ...unleash your full creative potential in life & business Located on Martha’s Vineyard, M...

INTRODUCTING ...FIRE TREE STUDIOS



The abundant Creative Banner
 Melissa D'Antoni

       ...unleash your full creative potential in life & business

Located on Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Austin, TX. Fire Tree Studios specializes in intuitive, expressive and visionary painting experiences, integrated within a solid coaching framework. This unique approach titled The Fire Tree Method® has been the research and distillation of Found and Director Melissa D’Antoni’s own awakening experience, research, clinical studies over the last 15 years. The Fire Tree Method® offers a guided path of awakening where anyone can heighten their creativity, discover their full self-expression and celebrate their potential and prosperity — with passion *and* practicality.

THE PURPOSE of Fire Tree Studios is to support the evolutionary growth of humanity by catalyzing creative transformation to awaken Universal Joy, Freedom and Abundance.


For breakdowns AND breakthroughs. For awakening the creative life force in your life. We celebrate…

  • discovery & expression of your authentic voice
  • creative experimentation & play
  • trust in your intuition
  • harnessing the power of being in the present moment
  • being at peace in the unknown and with the mystery
  • unlocking creative genesis
  • identifying fears and obstacles that block your ability to express and create freely
  • exploring your imagination and endless possibility
  • radical self-love and acceptance
  • expanding consciousness
  • journey through self-discovery & self-empowerment to self-realization
  • utilizing your whole brain & expressing your whole self, integrating both right & left sides
  • uncovering your unique style of expression
  • transforming and expanding your current reality of possibility
  • grounding your visions in reality
  • developing a strong container for your dreams and visions
  • expressing inspired action rather than obligation
  • releasing the past to step fully into your highest potential
  • cultivate infinite creativity & abundance

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : PLACES TO SEE, THINGS TO DO ...

CREATING MY ODYSSEY - : PLACES TO SEE, THINGS TO DO ...: Guys - these are places Husband and I have visited and enjoyed over the past year and maybe you would too! Mollys Den Love this p...

PLACES TO SEE, THINGS TO DO ...

Guys - these are places Husband and I have visited and enjoyed over the past year and maybe you would too!


Love this place! If you're into antique curios, as I am, then you'll enjoy it. Many antique traders rent space here and there's something for virtually everyone. 


We visited Las Palmas, Gran Canaria this January for the first time and found out that Sioux City, an old west theme park, was a fair distance south of us. We didn't visit this time, but maybe next time. Sounds fun!




This Elizabethan manor house once belonged to Jane Austen's
brother, Edward. The library, house and gardens are open to the public. It's a lovely building. We live literally just down the road and had never been, although we've visited Jane Austen's cottage a few times. We had coffee and cake in the manor's old kitchen which is fabulous! 


We used to belong to the National Trust and visited many of their properties, but we've reached the point where we've seen virtually all the ones convenient to wherever we happen to be. So now, with this brochure, we have more possibilities! Although some of the properties featured are way out of the way for us unless we make special trips, there are definitely a couple we must visit. Bateman's, in Sussex - not far from us - was home to Kipling Society, and  Charleston House, also in Sussex, was the home of Vanessa Bell(artist and sister of Virginia Woolf) and her partner Duncan Grant and retreat for the artistic 'Bloomsbury Group'.