A few days ago I met a very lovely family at the 3 Oaks Farm Mother’s Day Festival.
I talked with their children about writing and gave them a pep talk of confidence and their son was VERY engaged for quite a while.
But something was said, in complete earnest and good intention, that is still scratching at the back of my brain.
“Look, kids! She’s an aspiring writer!”
All of a sudden the world kind of shrank and I felt a little put off, and still do. I kept thinking:
“What about the table of my work that you see in front of you makes you call me an “aspiring” writer? What about the children’s book series of four books and coloring pages and business cards, of four poetry chapbooks, of folders with services I offer, of the stand with the wedding services I offer, of the banner behind my head stating I am a writer, tutor, artist, tells you I am ASPIRING to do anything? I AM a writer!”
Of course, I smiled and kept talking with the kids and didn’t say any of this. She meant well. She was trying to be uplifting and encouraging. She was trying to show her kids you can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it…and in that instance she is right!!
But I am not ASPIRING to be anything. I AM. And if you find yourself in this position, you are too!
Something about society tells us that someone who is part of the arts, the foundation and very threads of our society, we are somehow less than. We are somehow reaching for a goal that we never can grasp. Unless we get our work into stores, museums, or on the “big screen”, somehow we are not “there”…wherever THERE is.
I am a professional. This is my career. I am a writer. I am a tutor. I am a graphic designer. I am a poet. I am an author. I am an editor. I am all of these things and I am professional at all of these things. I am not aspiring. I am a writer.
Let’s stop this narrative that someone needs to be a big name to be successful or to be professional. If you create art and give them as gifts, you are NO LESS of an artist. If you write books and self-publish them but they never get on the shelves of big bookstores, you are NO LESS of a writer. If you tutor but do not have a teaching certificate, you are NO LESS of a teacher.
Stop putting capitalism at the forefront of how we judge people. Stop trying to shove everything you see into a clean box of “professionalism” and if it doesn’t fit, then someone is not.
Are they doing the thing? Then they are. I am not aspiring. I AM.
Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! I hope today has found you well and that the warm weather has you excited for the Summer to come!
I wanted to make it known that I do offer tutoring and I am going to be offering a homeschool curriculum designed to help your student prepare for college level reading and writing!
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Hello everyone and Happy Mother’s Day! I hope today has found your hearts full and enjoying time with people you love!
I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the weekend with my own mother! We were both vending at the Mother’s Day Festival at 3 Oaks Farm! She makes custom memory quilts with client’s old t-shirts and was SO excited to talk to other vendors and event attendees! It was an absolute blast and I always enjoy spending time with her!
Today, I woke up with the question on my mind of where this holiday came from, as I wonder most holidays. So, as usual, sit back and enjoy reading about where this holiday came from!
Before we get into where the modern form of this holiday comes from, let’s talk about the influences that went into deciding how and when this holiday would take place.
Cybele, Rhea, Durga and more!
While much has been lost throughout time about civilizations such as their technological advancements and records to help with the finite details, one thing has been vastly clear as we have made more discoveries about ancient civilizations – spiritual life was, and has remained, a huge part of the human experience!
In the context of the history of Mother’s Day and similar ideas throughout human civilization, there is vast evidence of many festivals that have been held to honor goddesses thought to be mothers or mother figures.
To name a few examples of these festivals, there was The Megalesia to honor the goddess Cybele and her lover Attis, festivals to honor the goddess Rhea who was believed to be the mother of Zeus and other Greek gods in Rome, and Durga-puja which is a festival in India honoring the goddess Durga that is still celebrated today
The Megalesia was a festival honoring the mother goddess Cybele that would run from April 4th to April 10th. During this festival, the morning would start off with drums and dancing as “the temple Priest/esses brought out a sacred silver image of Kybele riding in a chariot drawn by lions and paraded it through the city” (source). A fir tree would be chopped down and taken to Cybele’s temple. All of this was to grieve the annual loss of her eunuch Son/Lover Attis, a god of vegetation that would die every Winter and return to life in the Spring (source).
Rhea – The Great Mother
Believed to be the Earth herself, Rhea is the wife of Cronus and mother of Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, and the other Greek gods and goddesses.
She was celebrated in several festivals in ancient Rome which included dancing, singing, and playing music until everyone was in a frenzied stupor.
When researching, I also found several accounts where she was honored alongside Cybele in festivals. Specifically, a Great Mother Festival (that was unnamed) wherein both of the goddesses were honored alongside each other.
Durga-puja – Victory Over Mahishasura
Durga is a goddess from India and her festival is still celebrated there today. She is celebrated dur to her victory over Mahishasura, a shape-shifting demon. The festival is a ten day festival wherein the last five hold the most significance. The festival encompasses all aspects of living, life, and celebration including unique decorations, specified visits with family and friends, dancing and celebration with feasting and performing arts and more!
The goddess herself is usually depicted as riding a lion and having multiple arms, all wielding a different weapon for defeating the buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Lions and Mother Goddesses
Something else that was very interesting when researching these festivals is that all three of these mother goddess figures ride or are accompanied by lions.
Lions have been depicted within human culture, legends, and spirituality for tens of thousands of years. Lions are a common symbol in ancient Egypt, Greece, and India to name a few!
As stated on Wikipedia, “The earliest known cave paintings of lions were found in the Chauvet Cave and in Lascaux in France’s Ardèche region and represent some of the earliest paleolithic cave art, dating to between 32,000 and 15,000 years ago” (source). This means that lions have been a part of human culture since the very first time humans laid eyes on a lion. The symbolism mentioned above has been seen consistently in artwork from cultures worldwide.
So, the next time you see a picture or symbol of a lion, or even the creature itself, make sure to take a moment to appreciate what humans have been appreciating for thousands of years!
Speaking of mothers in religious/spiritual contexts, the Christian church had some say in the beginning of this holiday as well!
In Great Britain, during the Middle Ages, a holiday called Mothering Sunday was observed. This holiday honored the “mother church” AKA the church where one is baptized (source).
This day of honor was observed on the fourth Monday of the sacred holiday known as “Lent” wherein people would make it a point to visit their mother church on this day to pay homage to their birth into Christ via baptism as opposed to making a trip to the closest church to where they lived, also known as the “daughter church”(source).
“Mothering Sunday” into “Mother’s Day”
While the idea of honoring the mother is not new, transferring it to our actual mothers for a holiday was. Anna Jarvis was a childless woman whose mother died in 1905. She was grieved and wanted to set out to honor her. Spurred on by the knowledge that the current holidays in the calendar were primarily male-centered and ruled by the patriarchal society structure of the time, Anna was determined to get her holiday put on the calendar.
On May 12, 1907 she held a memorial service for her mother and the idea spread like wildfire! In 1914, acting president Woodrow Wilson made the day a national holiday!
At first, Anna tried to make the wearing of a white carnation the norm but over time the custom adapted to wearing a red or a pink carnation for a still living mother, or a white carnation for a deceased mother (source).
The Modern Holiday
Fast forward from 1907 to 2022 and Mother’s Day is less ritualized but still celebrated world-wide! Spending time with your mother or doing something special either for or on the day is now the norm along with the giving of flowers and gifts.
So, today, I hope you are planning something nice with your mom either today or in the week to come!
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Until next time! Stay learning and follow your dreams! One Page At A Time…
Hello and good morning! Happy Saturday to you and yours! Today finds me, bright and early, at the lovely event venue of 3 Oaks Farm!
Those who follow my posts know that I attended a FANTASTIC open house here a few weeks ago. I was lucky enough to be invited back!
So, here I am! Set up with my Tire Tales books, poetry chapbooks, custom poem flyers, and wedding service flyers! I am so happy to be here and be enjoying such a lovely day surrounded by such wonderfully creative people!
Before I dive into the post, please check out the services I offer on my Services page and know that you can get in touch with me by Sending A Letter (AKA emailing me via contact form)! I look forward to working with you!
At the end of this article, I will have a list of each vendor here as well as a picture of their booth and business card and how you can reach them! These are some AMAZING people so be sure to check them out!
If you have never heard of 3 Oaks Farm, you are missing out! Located directly off Hurt Bridge Road at 3565 Tallant Drive Cumming, Ga – this venue is absolutely amazing with a wonderfully friendly staff that want to make your event the most perfect version it can be!
Below are some images I took today while on the property! There’s just something about this place that makes the light JUST RIGHT. These photos are completely unedited! Wouldn’t YOU look good here with your future spouse? Standing side-by-side as you promise your lives to one another? I think so!
This Friday-Saturday (May 6th and 7th) marked the very first Mother’s Day event here at 3 Oaks Farm! Vendors of all talents came and set up with their best gear to give the mother’s out there something special for Mother’s Day (May 8th).
Marsha Gravitt, the runner of the event, was there for her vendors with any need that may arise! The wind proved a challenge on Friday evening but a nice cool start with the promise of a warm Saturday brought the light!
I was here with my custom poetry, poetry chapbooks, and Tire Tales series ready and waiting to write on-the-spot poems for event attendees!
I was even lucky enough to get to attend alongside my mother, who runs her own t-shirt quilting business called Material Memories (find her website here).
The event was the first of (hopefully) many more like it to come to the Gravitt Farm!
As usual, the vendors will be grouped in like categories. First will be food, then candles/soap, then small business, and last, but not least, crafting/artists!
ResQue Rubs are a husband and wife team that make delicious rubs for cooking of all kinds! Being foodies themselves, they are very knowledgeable and informative about the different ways customers can use their delicious spice mixes to bring a little taste into their lives! As if their product didn’t speak for itself, they also donate a portion of all proceeds to Fur Kids! Find them at Resquerubs.com!
Kandie’s Korn is owned by Kandice, a lovely woman with a knack for making popcorn cool again! Her fantastic caramel corn is the perfect combination of chewy and crunchy! Find her at KandiesKorn.com!
Marisa Bello is the owner and candle maker of Solstice Naturals! She makes everything out of beautiful beeswax and even brought blocks to display! Her candles are hand poured and smell great with a long burn time and no yucky residue. This kind and lovely woman is showing the world what she, and the bees, can do! Find her at SolsticeNaturals.com!
Southern E-Scentuals is a small business that sells soy wax candle, artisan soap, and bath bombs – to name a few – owned and run by a calm and engaging woman! The motto on the website is: Welcome to Southern E-Scentuals-Wholesale where southern luxury is our specialty and providing great customer service is our priority. Come and see what southern luxury is all about as you explore our scent collections. You can find her on Etsy!
Hannah Willis is the happy mom that runs this booth! She works as an independent consultant with Scentsy and her products WORK! 3 cubes of wax, gently melted in their wax warmers, gave the whole barn a lovely fruity smell that kept spirits high and the energy bumping! Even her business cards feature a lovely scent that they sell! You can find her at hlwillis.scentsy.us!
Wilson Home Decor
Wilson Home Décor is a home décor and gift shop that sells all sorts of cute items! The lovely lady running the booth was as sweet as could be and the items that she chose to bring were perfect for the festival occasion! Find the shop at wilsonhomedecor.com!
Love Well – Tee Shirt Company
“Love Well” is a motto that we should all strive to follow! The Love Well Tee Shirt Company brought a LOVELY collection of tee shirts, all within the same theme of loving well and everything to do with it! Come show the world your happy-go-lucky spirit and buy one of these shirts TODAY! Find them at lovewellco.com!
Bohemian Soul – Boutique
Bohemian Soul Boutique is a collection of whimsical and fun things! From t-shirts to bracelets, she has the knick knack for YOU! Find this lovely wife and mother on Facebook!
By Lara Treasures
Remember the feeling you had as a kid when you saw all the beautiful beads in the jewelry store? This beautiful artist’s work will bring that feeling back ten-fold! She makes lovely bracelets, phone holders, and even rosaries to enjoy with themes perfect for all occasions! Find her on Instagram and Etsy at bylaratreasures!
Origami Owl specializes in jewelry and living lockets! Living lockets are cute glass lockets wherein you choose a handful of mini tokens to put inside them, much like a snow globe! These tokens can represent graduation, love, someone’s personality, and more! The sky is the limit! Find her at thinkgoodness.com!
Material Memories is a one-woman company owned and operated by Nancy Abbott! She takes your old t-shirts and turns them into a cozy quilt to enjoy for years to come! She makes every size from King to Throw and has two main designs she works with to display your material memories the best! Find her at her website or on Facebook!
Rustic Gifts is owned and operated by an amazing woman of science! She hand paints each card and sign and they turn out absolutely amazing! Her products are the perfect handmade gift Diana Davern can be found through her website at rusticheartgifts.com!
Dj Designs is a sign and bow business with Danna Snyder at the helm! Her handiwork is one-of-a-kind and is absolutely gorgeous! As her card states, she loves custom orders! Find her on Facebook!
Fragile Magic Designs
If you’re looking for some unique wall-art then come on down to Fragile Magic Designs! Her ethereal artwork will look perfect over YOUR fireplace! She sells Christmas themed art as well as flowers, gnomes, and more! Contact her via her phone number (404)-213-4666 TODAY!
An artist with plenty of passion and with southern charm in her every brushstroke, Brittany Reeves sells ornaments, cards, custom portraits, and more! Check her out on Facebook and Instagram!
Pink Daisy Designs
Melissa Flynn is the woman behind the scenes at Pink Daisy Designs! She makes signs and jewelry among other wonderful things! Her attention to detail is apparent in her craft and her artwork would make a lovely addition to any home! Find her on Facebook and Etsy!
Maggie’s Chic Designs
Last, but certainly not least, Maggie of Maggie’s Chic Designs makes the absolute CUTEST tumblers and earrings! Her style is clean, cute, and heartwarming and she is a wonderful woman as well! Find her at MaggiesChicDesigns.com!
At the end of the day, it was a wonderful time meeting and networking with other vendors! The raw talent that was here was off the charts and every single lady and businessowner was as wonderful as the last! Please use this list as a reference when looking for a small business to support! All of their products are top quality and unique!
Have a wonderful day, thank you so much for reading! As always, stay learning and write your story One Page At A Time…!
Hello and good morning! Today’s article is about a very fun and educational project that I am putting together!
The path of my life took me towards tutoring. At this point I have tutored every grade and skill level when it comes to writing. From PreK – College and from beginner – advanced knowledge! (Hey! That rhymed!)
With this being said, my goal remains the same no matter the age or skill level. My goal is to help my students write in such a way that they could sit down and easily write a college level paper. So, in the new world post/mid COVID, a sudden surge in writing interest, and with our modern technology — I’ve decided to make a video lesson series to help YOU write a college level paper step-by-step!
Before I dive into a brief overview of each lesson and what I will cover: if you’d rather watch the intro video, you can find it here on YouTube!
Lesson one will deal with research! Specifically, HOW to research and WHERE (on the internet) to research!
You’ll learn the difference and proper usage of primary, secondary, and tertiary resources as well as different search engines and tricks on how to find exactly what you’re looking for!
Lesson two will be going through the steps of planning out and brainstorming for your paper! Research is usually synonymous with this step, so don’t feel like you’re stuck in a box researching everything before you start to plan out your paper!
I will go over different methods of brainstorming for each learning type! So make sure to discover your learning type before diving into these lessons! (If enough interest is expressed, I will also create a separate video on the learning types!)
Lesson three will deal specifically with outlines! During lesson two (planning and brainstorming) I will mention outlines in passing, but during lesson three I will go into detail!
I will show you how easy it is to outline what you’re going to say and how to USE that outline to help you write your paper quickly and efficiently!
Also, part of this lesson will involve creating an outline after you’ve already been writing for a minute and start to get lost in your own head and words! This is called a reverse outline and has helped me out of a tough spot more than once!
Thesis Statements –
Lesson four will deal with thesis statements! A lot of people will remember this term, along with “hook”, from highschool without ever being told specifically what it means aside from “the last sentence in your introduction paragraph.”
A thesis statement is the argument that you are making in your paper!
In this lesson, I will go over how to write a strong thesis statement as well as basic do’s and don’ts of writing thesis statements!
Introductions and Conclusions –
Lesson five will deal with both introduction and conclusion paragraphs. Both introduction and conclusion paragraphs are special in the way that they are both bookends to your paper! So, while EVERYTHING you write is important in your paper, special and different attention should be given to the beginning and the end!
Concerning the INTRO – I have developed an easy and foolproof method for writing your introduction paragraph that will have you shaking your head at how much time you’ve wasted staring at the blinking cursor and blank page in your Word document just trying to get started.
Concerning the OUTRO – Most people simply write a sum-it-all-up conclusion paragraph…which definitely has it’s place. But I’m going to teach you both WHY that’s not the best option and HOW to write a better ending! This section will involve some rhetorical theory so get ready to feel like the philosophers of old!
Body Paragraphs –
As wonderful as it’d be to only have to write and focus on our intros and outros to our paper, we still have to actually write the paper!
In this lesson (6), I will go over different ways to write your body paragraphs as well as touch a bit on quotations. (Which will, of course, have their own lesson!)
Again, knowing your learning style will be important as the methods I will share with you will match with specific learning/thinking styles 🙂
Lesson 7 will talk about plagiarism! Specifically, how to AVOID it and what it looks like.
Plagiarism isn’t just when a student copy-pastes a paper or sections of a paper from the internet. It is also not citing your sources, not using the correct formatting, and rewriting someone else’s research/points as your own.
You’d be amazed at the many ways plagiarism can accidentally be stumbled into! So, avoid it altogether in the first place by learning what it is!
Lesson 8 is going to be all about citations, both in-text and in your Works Cited/Bibliography/Resources page at the end of your paper!
This will cover the basic idea of citations without delving into different ways to format (as formatting will be lesson 10).
Growing up, discovering the “why” of things was always very important to me! So, I hope to satisfy your curiosity as well when it comes to how and why we cite things in our papers!
Quotes will be lesson 9! Most students don’t understand why we use quotes or even how to use them properly. They find something that they think sounds good, slaps the minimum number they were assigned onto their paper, and call it a day! NO!
Don’t worry, young grasshoppers, I will teach you! Not only will I help, I am going to give you an EXACT method to use when incorporating quotations so that you won’t have to puzzle anything out on your own! I am here to help!
Along with quotations, citations, and structuring our paper content-wise…formatting plays a HUGE role!
There are three main types of formatting: APA, MLA, and Chicago!
APA deals with science subject papers, MLA deals with literary analysis, and Chicago is more of the Indiana Jones of formatting in the way that it is a lone wolf and gets the treasure in it’s own way!
It should also be noted that formatting rules change every couple of years, so knowing how and where to double-check yourself is crucial!
Lesson 10 will deal with different types of formatting, resources, and easy ways to digest the different kinds of formatting as well!
Modes of Persuasion –
Lesson 11 will go over Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and the underdiscussed Kairos.
Just like in the picture above, the way we present ourselves will make people feel a different way. The way we present our points will make people understand it differently.
Learning what each mode of persuasion is and how they are used helps SIGNIFICANTLY with making the points you want to make in the WAY you want to make them! This lesson will explain these in an easily digestible way and will provide structure for when you use them within your paper!
What they mean: Ethos – ethics/credibility, Pathos – emotions, Logos – logic/facts, Kairos – timing.
The 12th and final lesson of this series will deal with revision!
Revision isn’t just making ALL THE CHANGES at once. It is also a process and SHOULD take an equal amount of time OR LONGER to complete than the actual writing of your paper!
This lesson will explain foolproof steps to take when revising your paper so that way you know, for a FACT, you have said everything you want to say how you want to say it and in a way that your readers understand your points!
These lessons are still in production but should be completed very soon! I will be providing these lessons on SkillShare as well as a purchasable package so that way YOU can learn these skills on your own time and in your own setting.
Stay tuned for updates on these lessons as well as how to obtain them for yourself!
Thank you for reading and I look forward to you all learning with me! If you ever have any questions, my inbox is open (via the Send A Letter… page) and I AM available for private tutoring!
the raindrops on roses are the teardrops from kittens floating on the breeze to play is their mission they dance with dead leaves and tussle your hair they lick at your skin and leave red there they yowl through storms and purr with the rain they lie still sometimes when it’s a calm day but next time the wind whips remember they like to play keep them happy to hold tornadoes at bay and the wind will be calm for another day