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Retirement Activities with Applied Arts

It’s often difficult to know the difference between crafts, applied and fine arts. That’s okay. If you’re looking for ideas in the arts, review all the different sections. All creative activities are important in retirement and part of a successful aging plan. Applied arts refer to an artistic process that results in a product that […]

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Retirement Activities with Fine Arts

It’s not unusual to encounter people who profess they don’t have any artistic talent. In fact, I was one of those people. When I was ten, I had a couple of friends who were very adept at drawing. Since, my drawings always looked like pathetic stick figures, I concluded I didn’t have any artistic ability. […]

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Craft Idea:Make Animal Mobile With Grandchildren

While traveling with our grandchildren, we spotted a beautiful butterfly mobile in one of the high-end furniture stores. It gave me an idea for creating a mobile for my granddaughters. This is a simple craft idea that you can do with or for your children or grandchildren. I purchased inexpensive Japanese umbrellas online. They came […]

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Who is the Artist?

Art enables us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton My youngest sister doesn’t think she’s an artist because she can’t draw very well. She once drew a duck with four legs (which, I’m sorry to say, we often tease her about). That is not a lack of artistic talent, […]

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Write a Best Seller in Retirement

Do you want to write a best seller in retirement? Recent changes in the book publishing business have opened up new opportunities for authors to publish and profit. Now that so many people have time to write, a computer to type on, and a story to tell, there has been an explosion of new books […]

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Autumn Sangre de Cristos

Time for Art in Taos, New Mexico

Friends and I are getting ready for a brief trip to Taos, New Mexico. We are interested in the work of the Taos Art Colony, begun in 1898. The Taos community remains a center of art in the Southwest(1) , and while looking up art museums and galleries, I came across two wonderful resources for […]

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The Unique Experience of a Storybook Quilt

One of the most wonderful things about today’s world is that people live longer. More children have a chance to fully enjoy their grandparents; more grandparents have a chance to enjoy and guide their grandchildren. Grandparents have a special role a child’s life, providing a link to timeless traditions and activities that are both exciting […]

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Simple Tips for the Amateur, But Passionate Photographer

Every now and then, we come across a little gem of a book. That’s what I found when I returned from Arizona and discovered the book “I Don’t Want to Know All the Technical Stuff.. I Just Want to Shoot Pictures” had arrived. A amateur photographer for a long time, I was disappointed the book […]

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Write Your Autobiography

What greater family legacy can you pass to your children and grandchildren than the writing an autobiography?  You might feel like your life isn’t worthy of a story.  Everyone has lived through events filled with success and lessons that will be valued by others.  This is a personal expression of a family genealogy.  If you […]

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Scrapbooking 101: Capture the Memories!

If you are looking for an enjoyable way to fill your time in retirement, you should learn the art of scrapbooking.  This leisure activity is becoming increasingly popular as more people discover a unique way to preserve special memories.  Scrapbooking also enables you to share the special moments in your life with others and create […]

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