In this new world where many families are sheltering in place, parents must find creative solutions when it comes to keeping our kids happy, healthy, and moving forward. A predictable, consistent home life with a regular routine is a key element of good mental health. This provides a safe space for the exploration of something new.
From Why is Routine so Important to People with ASD? “Though it might seem counterintuitive, reinforcing routines can actually help those with ASD to stop relying on them so much as a crutch. Routine can be powerful in reinforcing a feeling of well-being and stability for autistic individuals. When that sense of stability and wellness is fulfilled, then it can actually be easier for them to handle other changes.”
Working on a treadmill desk sounds like a great way to get work and exercise done at the same time. However, there are things to consider. Safety first. A good 8-10 inches of clearance is needed on any side. Get measurements of the treadmill before purchasing. Tiled flooring is best, but you can use it on a carpet with a mat to protect from wear or heat from the treadmill. Outside isn’t a good idea. Weather adversely affects the performance and longevity.
Solid footing and good foot support prevents injuries. Get a good pair of shoes, nothing with a slick sole. No heels, sandals, bare feet, or in socks. Avoid wide pant legs or long skirts that might get caught up in the treadmill. Wear clothing, particularly pants, which allow for non-restrictive movement…
So far, so good is my mantra these days. Each day brings with it a little more change, a little step forward, and I’ve learned to appreciate each of those incremental shifts of both my life and the garden from sunrise to sunset and night, from spring all the way to winter and back around again.
The garden has come full circle. The earth is more packed than last year, and it is now interspersed with established plants. The spot I liked to once sit in the curve of the stone wall, the space that got overrun with tomatoes last year, is now framed by a lavender bush. On the other side of the path is a rosemary that may or may not make it…
Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans and Mushrooms by Brian and Patricia Dake
Stir-fried green beans have long been a personal favorite of mine. With a texture both crisp and tender, they combine admirably with garlic, mushrooms, and chili paste.
Chili paste comes in many varieties and varies in heat, color, and quality. We prefer a Vietnamese chili paste called Sambal Oelek as it is very hot, bright red in color, and has a fresh chili taste. Be careful to avoid chili paste that has turned dark, brown, or smells rancid. Chili paste, while used as a seasoning, cannot be kept as long as spices. You want to always make sure yours is fresh. Because good chili paste is quite hot, we only use a teaspoon in this entire dish. It is just enough to infuse it with a wonderful chili flavor that melds incredibly well with the other ingredients. Sesame oil is also essential for the flavor of this recipe; so, for the best results, use only high-quality sesame oil…
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome by Kristin Battestella
Are you stuck in a rut? Feel like no one notices your work? Are you phoning it in because your talent is totally crap?
If you think you’re an embarrassing amateur wasting everyone’s time, then you are not alone. You have Impostor Syndrome, which Wikipedia defines as a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments or talents and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud. How does one overcome these fears? Here are a few tips to infuse your niche and heal your ego.
Try something new. Beginners get a free pass when learning something for the first time, right? Tackle something easy…
Using Tarot in your Creative Life by Carrie Sessarego
The Tarot is a system of divination that uses seventy-eight illustrated cards to reveal universal truths. Most modern decks are based off the Rider-Waite Smith deck, designed and illustrated in 1909.
From a structure of twenty-two major arcana cards and fifty-minor arcana cards (the latter divided into four suits), illustrators and authors have designed an immense number of works including not only new decks but also songs, plays, novels, and other forms of art…
This is not the article I had planned on writing. With the advent of Covid19, everything in our known world has changed, perhaps a few of them permanently.
From virtual video Zoom meetings to how we handle our children’s birthdays, every part of our lives has been affected, regardless of age, social standing, or electronic equity. Right now, all our localities are suffering from lack of resources and funds. This can affect everything from our food banks, to museums, art spaces, and in this case, a local learning center and valuable resource to its community, the non-profit Chabot Space and Science Center.
The center is currently not open to the public and won’t re-open until June of next year.
Located in the lovely Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, California. Its inception began in 1882 when the Oakland School District Superintendent determined the bay area should have a telescope. In 1885, Anthony Chabot funded a Transit Telescope that served as the official time keeping station for all the bay area. In the subsequent years, the observatory was built in two prior locations until…
Santa Cruz, is a lovely central California town a little over half an hour from the South Bay.
As a college town, it’s home to UC Santa Cruz, a world-class research institution. Its lush two thousand-acre campus is covered in gorgeous Redwood trees.
Downtown Santa Cruz is home to many fine eateries, bookshops, record stores, bars, and a kava shop. Wednesdays from 1 to 6 there’s a Farmer’s Market. First Fridays showcase the creative side of Santa Cruz, hosting local artists and artisans…
I should have kept count. There were at least two flat tires and countless close calls driving through snow and ice storms. I probably drove through at least sixty blizzard like days/nights. My car needed an oil change every six weeks. I had to replace my brakes and tires every nine months. After all those years of driving from house to house and town to town to teach private music classes everyday, it was time for a change. It was time to open my own music studio.
To most, it would seem obvious to have made this leap far sooner than I did. From the outside, many saw my job as crazy. The mileage on my car, the lost time between lessons, the weather, why would anyone choose to run a business this way? There is far more work in opening a brick and mortar music business than one might think.
Step 1 Find a Space. Space is a strange thing. I’d like to say that it isn’t all about location, but I would be lying…
Name: Emerian Rich Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Give us a sense of what you do; what are some of your creative endeavors? I am a writer, artist, and voice actress. I love writing fiction most of all, but I’ve recently been involved in the creation of a Spooky Writer’s Planner. I’ve also created a coloring book and am working on an ABC book for spooky kids!
If you’re creative in your work life, how does that influence being creative at home or on hobbies? I don’t think creativity (or at least mine) can be contained. I love crocheting, doing diamond paintings, and most recently working with resin crafts. I rarely do the same thing again, so whatever the next craft craze is, I’m up for trying it. What inspires you? So much! My imagination is always cranking out new ideas. It could be the way the light of a lamp reflects off the wall, the shape of the clouds on a morning walk, or a snippet of conversation I hear in line. When I’m studying a certain topic, I will watch movies and videos about the subject to near exhaustion!
What are you working on right now? An anthology of Gothic Romance stories coming out in May and a rewrite of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, also due out this year…