Laurie Mikulasek: Magic, Memories, San Miguel

I left behind three kids’ schedules and my worries about whether or not I'd written instructions about which flavor of Annie’s Organic fruit gummies to pack in their lunches. I left behind my doubts that I wasn’t good enough or qualified to be going to a Writer’s Conference. And I left behind the last days of my 30’s before ringing in my new decade in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

I took the red eye into Leon, a city on the far west side of the Mexican state Guanajuato, then took a 90-minute daybreak shuttle ride east, smack dab through the middle point of Mexico, to San Miguel on the eastern side of the state. I arrived at the hotel disheveled and tired, hoping I didn’t offend the driver with my American-dollars tip, let alone the amount.

Marketing Your Business As a Self-Employed Entrepreneur, Part IV

Part IV: Building a Relationship With Your Customers   This is the last in a four-part series on how to market your business as a self-employed entrepreneur. The first article, “Selling is Not a Dirty Word,” can be accessed here. The second, “Marketing Basics” can be accessed here. The third, “Building a Relationship with your Customer,” can be found here.   • It’s not ... [Continue Reading]

Word Nerds Unite: Words I Love

“One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.” ~Hart Crane

Over the next week, compile a list of ten-twenty of your favorite words. You can love them because of their sound, their resonance, their meaning, their specificity—or for any other reason whatsoever. Then write a story that includes all of them. If you post online, share your initial list of words—and then follow it with your story.

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Holding On

"We give thanks for the invention of the handle. Without it there would be many things we couldn't hold on to. As for the things we can't hold on to anyway, let us gracefully accept their ungraspable nature and celebrate all things elusive, fleeting, and intangible. They mystify us and make us receptive to truth and beauty." -- Michael Leunig

Make a list of things you can hold on to--or try to hold on to.

Make a list of things you can't hold on to.

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