What pure pleasure it is to meet women who understand abundant life is created by individual desires and attitudes. One such woman is Barb Dryer. Barb exudes a sparkling energy, one of possibilities, kindness, and gratitude, and it’s hard not to feel uplifted in her presence. This past weekend I had the chance to chat with her while attending… Read More
Where’s Gail? (It just doesn’t have the same zing as Waldo, sorry!)
I’ve had a number of requests to let folks know where my next art fair shows are occurring. Thank you for caring! I’ve been busy creating, printing, framing, matting, and more, and that’s why I’ve been a little laggy in the blogging department. I promise to get back on schedule soon! Here we go: This coming weekend, July 27-29, my… Read More
Meet My July Silk Scarf Ambush Model: Cathy Collison!
It was a steamy summer night, and I was trying my darndest to be a wallflower, albeit a slightly droopy one. The artist mixer, held at Northfield’s Imminent Brewing, meant an opportunity to meet other local creatives. Nonetheless, there I was, eyes down, hiding behind a plate of excellent food truck offerings. Nom, nom, nom. Before long a woman took… Read More
My special Silk Scarf Ambush Models For May…Maxine and Mary Closner!
“My sister says it’s probably a form of elder abuse, but I smoked Mom at Gin Rummy last night. Made her play for money & I’m up $10!” —Mary Closner on Facebook Here we are in May, a month in which Mother’s Day is celebrated almost as much as the Minnesota fishing opener. Well, I’m having none of that. Fabulous… Read More
Because You Asked…
If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” — Zig Ziglar First, I am horrible at self-promotion. All my Minnesota-Lutheran-Introvertedness trembles at the thought of mentioning my art and its availability for sale. Somehow I want you to say you love/want/will buy my creative work instead of me blathering on about… Read More
Introducing My April Silk Scarf Ambush Model…Cheri Holm
Cheri Holm is the type of woman who gets things done. On the day I visited her business, Cheri’s Flower Basket, customers were ordering flowers, shopping women’s clothing, and perusing her impressive selection of handmade fudge (Real cream! Real butter!). Cheri flitted from task to task, question to question, as efficiently as a hummingbird gathering nectar. It’s not easy to… Read More
“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” ― Rodney Dangerfield
With A Heart Full Of Gratitude To All Who Visit My Website…
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne The doorbell rang and I did my best to dust the flour from the front of my shirt before I responded. Yeah, that only made it worse. Ah, well. I didn’t really care that I was a mess… Read More
Favorite Color +Unknown Woman +Kindness = Woo Woo Magic
Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ― Shannon L. Alder “What’s your favorite color?” Startled by a voice coming from somewhere behind me I turned around to see a woman smiling a genuine, yet concerned, smile. My usual shy,… Read More
Would you do me a favor?
“Progress occurs where truths are questioned.” ― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel Aging. A word, a state of being, scrutinized more closely than George Clooney in a speedo. Almost. What does it mean to be a woman aging in a culture that is not fond of growing older? What scares us most? What body changes are the worst of the worst? What… Read More
Introducing May’s Silk Scarf Ambush Model…Ann Tessneer!
Ann embodies all the traits of a woman living her dreams in the second half of life. She’s winding down a successful career as a lawyer while building a loyal customer following at their North Folk Winery in Stark, MN. Ann is generous, kind, and great supporter of local authors and artists. How did she step from courtroom… Read More
The Kind Gesture that Helps Elizabeth Gilbert Find the Light On Her Worst Days
Story submitted by Pamela O’Brien When the world feels cold and dark and lonely, take heart: Anybody can make their corner of it brighter. By Elizabeth Gilbert Some years ago, I was stuck on a crosstown bus in New York City during rush hour. Traffic was barely moving. The bus was filled with cold, tired people who were deeply irritated—with… Read More
app-dancing-poster-ltr-front On April 20th my dear friend and photography mentor, Dee Kotaska, and I will have the opening of our iPhone App-enhanced photography gallery. And although the poster photo is racy, the intention was a play on words…” App dancing,” along with enough intrigue to get you to come and take a look! Dee has won awards and hearts with her… Read More
Ever wanted to write a blog?
“I’ve been thinking I might want to start a blog…where do I start?” That is a question I’ve heard often over the years. I started my blog in 2011. To say I was clueless is like saying Mt. Everest is a rather large-ish hill. And while I still feel I have barely scratched the blogging surface, I keep plugging… Read More
Women Need Women:They Teach It at Stanford…
This past week my friend, Pamela O’Brien, sent the following: “Hi Gail, thought this would be a great piece for your newsletter. Thanks, have a great week.” xoxox Pam O I read the words and did indeed believe that it is worth sharing. For most of my life, I have always gotten along better with men. And yet, now that… Read More