nurse on front lines

Earlier this week I sent a text message checking in with my sisters, they are both nurses. One sister works in more of a clinical setting, the other is working on the front lines in the VA hospital.  We talked about our fears right now, a mental health check between the three of us, our…

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I met Renee back in early March, I knew I had to draw her.  While drawing her portrait these are the words that came to me. I think most of us can identify with them:   Looking forward, Feeling the light and possibilities ahead. Strong. Learning to trust in herself. Powerful, beautiful woman.    …

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learn to color a cardinal

For years I dismissed colored pencils, they seemed so basic, so unimpressive.  After discovering what can be done with colored pencils in 2019 it changed my perspective. I was wrong.  Did you know there are “tricks” that can be done with these basic colored pencils we’re all used to seeing?  Things that involve rubbing alcohol…

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drawing a yellow butterfly

During this time where so many of us are hunkered down at home and kids are off school in many places I wanted to create some videos that can provide some fun.  I’ll be posting more in the weeks to come. If you have family who is at home with the kids or teens or…

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Hello all, I recorded a video that is just a few minutes long. It lays out why I’m in beautiful Asheville and what my plans are coming up to share with you during these coming weeks of quarantines and people off school. During the video I ask you a question, I’m looking for ideas. I’d…

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Through the years I’ve shared bits about my Grandpa Franklin.  He was a medic during WWII, a sports fanatic, a junior high counselor, a teacher, and a story teller. Here he is standing with the painting I did of him playing the harmonica back in 2009: During the past year I was spending time with…

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superpower that comes while grieving

There are pages worth of downsides to the grieving process, what is often not talked about though is the secret superpower so many get. I was talking with a friend last month as the one year anniversary of her husband’s passing was approaching, “Noelle, I feel like I”m in a freaking movie, like it can’t…

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my woods after a snowfall

I’m nearing 4 weeks off of social media – scroll below for a couple journal entries from these past weeks: -January 13th, 2020 – Life- I’m almost at the 2 week mark away from social media. Truthfully it’s taking a whole lotta discipline to get on this computer and write down my feelings, observations and…

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