Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stylus with Style?

I've always pretty much done my own thing style-wise—which means I’m not at all stylish—so imagine my surprise when Sioux of Sioux’s Page awarded me a Stylish Blogger Award.  I'm so flattered!  Thank you, Sioux!

Here were the rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person giving you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 10-15 blogs who you think deserve this award.
4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.
Thank you again, and here are my seven facts:

1. I’ve loved writing as long as I can remember and was lucky to have had quite a few teachers encourage me. The question for me has never been if I would write, but rather if I’d try to get paid for it.
2. I worked for precisely one morning as a telemarketer selling tickets to a thing called “Clown Capades.” After making one humiliating phone call, I got to wondering if there really was such a thing as Clown Capades. I suspected—and still do—that it was a scam. So I sat around rearranging my file box until lunch and then escaped and never went back.
3. My youngest child was intentionally born at home.
4. We usually had the smallest family on the block with only three kids. The family across the street had 13 children. The one behind us had 12. I thought five children was average.
5. Everyone in my family was into art in some way. At one time my dad was a commercial artist, my mom taught him how to paint, and one of my sisters was a graphic artist. We all had our “thing.” Mine was portraits. The rite of passage at my house was when we got our first set of oils. For the longest time I thought all families did that.
6. I was a theatre geek in high school and did props, makeup, acting and directing.
7. In college I did product demonstrations over summer, and once wore a sash and handed out bread samples at an Italian festival. In the words of the bakery owner who hired me (you have to say it with an accent), “That’s okay that you’re not Italian, honey—you look Italian!” One of my sisters attended the festival and left in an uncharacteristically gleeful mood. I know her, so I frantically looked all around my little booth. Sure enough, I found a sign taped to the outer wall that said, “Ho: $10 $2 FREE!”

If you follow me, I pretty much think you’re the most stylish person ever. So I will do what others before me have done and pass this—and the coveted “Sisters of the Quill” from a couple of weeks ago—to all of you. Pretty much all of my friends write, so please take either if you are so inclined. Thank you again, oh stylish Sisters (and Brothers) of the Quill! 

I must be moved by what I write, if you enjoy it, we both win; but my words must touch MY heart first. ~Jules of Trying to Get Over the Rainbow


  1. Your creativity is explained! What an inspirational household you come from. That's great. And 13 kids...13??!! Ouch!

  2. Congrats on your stylish award, you fashionista, you!


  3. Big Congrats on the awards :) Oils I'm impressed! I was always to impatient for oils but every other medium is fair game.

    You quoted me (blush, blush) I am honored my friend. Thank you!!! :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. Hey Tam! Congrats on your award and I think I actually learned a couple of things I didn't already know about you!

  5. Congrats on the award. I feel like I know you now :)

  6. You are the most stylish person I know and not just in the fashion sense. Your writing and your personality have pizzazz! Congratulations on your award.

  7. LOL,Lisa, or my weirdness! And the mom of the 13 kids looked like one of her own children--cute and petite! There were 2--yes, TWO--homes in my 'hood that had 20 children. Jules, glad the quote is okay with you. I almost added that my first attempt with oils was my last because I left it on my floor to dry and the cat walked in it...leaving little red kitty prints all across the blue carpet. Thanks Pat, Becky, Josh and Linda!! I'm enormously flattered all over again!

  8. How cool it must be to have artistic ability, and how wonderful your right of passage was a set of oils.

  9. If you think I am stylish, well think again! It is 7:30 and I am still in my golf clothes from this morning, my hair is a mess, and I am barefoot. I also have on absolutely no makeup--not even "a little lipstick" as my mother used to say--"Judie, can't you put on a little lipstick??" Well, NO!

    I do love coming here, though.


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