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Writings from Voice on Canvas

Cucumbers, Kumquats, and Claiming Creativity

I remember the day I decided I wasn't an artist. My young high school self sat at the art classroom table, looking at a pencil drawing my friend Jennifer created. And I felt gobsmacked. The drawing depicted the lower half of several people's legs and feet, footwear...

Hawk Wisdom

For 13 years, my husband and I shared our lives with a sweet little puppy named Maxwell. Max was a little miniature schnauzer, and a big part of our family. Two years ago we lost him, and the puppy-shaped void in our lives still seems so empty. Recently...

The Errant Eyebrows and Wild Self-Compassion

The room smelled of honey, like a warm, inviting slice of predawn toast. I leaned back in the chair watching her intently, bracing myself as she took what looked like a thin popsicle stick and rhythmically stirred the thick concoction brewing away in a small, metal...

Audacious Beginnings – The Tale of Queen Fusspot

Once upon a time, I believed in order to begin any sizable project (like this blog), I had to have every step planned out, every contingency mapped, and every possibility considered. My inner perfectionist queen, whom I affectionately dubbed "Queen Fusspot", would run...

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