July 2021

July Thought of the Month

"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."

~ George S. Patton

June 2021

June Thought of the Month

"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."

~ Mark Caine

Sadly, a lot in the world can derail us on our way to achieving our dreams, including the limits we put on ourselves. Look at setbacks not as impenetrable walls but as fences that let you see your goals just on the other side. Your imagination and determination are the wire cutters that get you through those challenges. Remember, barriers can stop you only if you stop chipping away at them.

May 2021

May Thought of the Month

"Creativity is intelligence having fun."

~ Albert Einstein

Most people limit creativity to the arts, but it takes both the artistic and practical sides of our brains to generate new ideas, bring concepts into reality, and find unique solutions to problems. And whether it's inside or outside the mundane, achieving those goals inspires a sense of joy in all of us. So keep seeking and pursuing the fun in what you do in life.

[Thought and image design by Elaine C. Oldham]

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What Conventions May Look Like in 2021

It’s been more than a year since I attended a live convention. Where do we stand now? As more and more people get vaccinated against COVID, the prospects of and for physical conventions improves. If all goes well the US should hit herd immunity this summer.

I’ve gotten a few emails from conventions looking for vendors to work their events. This is a godsend for many artists and vendors, but personally I’m not considering any live events yet. But I have been thinking about what it might be like in the first few months of “The Return.”

April 2021

April Thought of the Month

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it."

~ Henry Ford

It recently occurred to me that advances in technology have actually made it easier for us not to think. Once upon a time if you had a question, you went to the library, hit the encyclopedia, or read a newspaper. Now we can ask a little box and it tells us the answer. The price of speed though is the missed opportunity to learn even more while searching for the answer.

March 2021

March Thought of the Month

"Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned."

~ Peter Marshall

February 2021

February Thought of the Month

"Focus on the princess, not the problem. You can't marry the princess without killing the dragon. So when you see the dragon, just remember: There's a princess on the other side."

~ Doug Weed

Everyone faces obstacles in life, and no one can make any progress without conquering them. Sometimes though, the problems we face seem so huge they paralyze us — analysis paralysis. We must remember to focus on the prizes on the other side. Then we can find the drive and the imagination to get through to them.

January 2021

January Thought of the Month

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

New Year's is the time of resolutions to make changes for the better. All change begins within us and the way we see ourselves. Significant changes must be seen with the mind's eye before they can manifest. What will look back the next time you look in your internal mirror?

[Thought and image design by Elaine C. Oldham]

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December 2020

December Thought of the Month

"Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don't give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people."

~ Tena Desae

When so much in our realities weighs on our spirits, we must seek ways to lighten the load. Do something every day that makes you happy. Focus on finding and nurturing every bright side you can. Be safe out there!

[Thought and image design by Elaine C. Oldham]

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November 2020

November Thought of the Month

"Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams."

~ Donovan Bailey

Each of us has a destiny but sometimes we need inspiration to walk the path set for us.

[Thought and image design by Elaine C. Oldham]

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