Come join me at the James River Writers Conference in October!

JRW Conference LogoAfter waiting months to share this exciting news, I’m beyond thrilled to announce I’ll be presenting a Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success master class at the James River Writers 2017 Conference on Friday, October 13 in Richmond, Virginia!

The list of conference speakers and master classes plus all the registration details just went up online  – I’m so honored to be included in this stellar group of writers (including the brilliant Meg Medina, one of my all-time faves) and industry professionals.

Hope to see you on Friday for my master class, and throughout the weekend at the main conference, too!

#LoveIsEverywhere, Exhibit G

LIE 7.2.15I see hearts in unexpected places all the time as I go about my day, and they always remind me that love is everywhere. Sharing some of these hearts here with you is one of the many ways I aim to send love right back out into the world.

Spotted this tangled-up heart along the curb in Arlington, VA – July 2, 2015

The 2nd thing I love about living in Arlington, VA…

rbBeing able to continue our car-free lifestyle.

As you may already have heard, one of the things I loved most about living in Berlin was not having a car. Berlin’s public transportation system is the best I’ve ever used (okay, maybe it ties with Zurich’s), and we gleefully explored the city–and well beyond—by foot, bus, subway and train during our year in Germany.

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The 1st thing I love about living in Arlington, VA…

It was really hard to move away from Berlin at the end of July 2013. Really, REALLY hard. So hard that I’m not sure I could fully describe the sadness we felt on leaving if I devoted twenty posts to it.

BUT…leaving places you adore is part of the deal when you’re blessed with a nomadic life of adventure, and so begins my new list of all the wonderful, delightful things I love about living in our brand-new adopted hometown of (enthusiastic drum roll, please) Arlington, Virginia!

Before you start assuming I’m about to expound on how amazing it is to live so close to our nation’s capital, it’s not amazing enough to be number one on my list. That special honor is reserved for something I’ve dreamed of even before I could read (yeah, we’re talking decades): living within easy walking distance of a library.

See that beautiful building up there? It’s the Central Branch of the Arlington Public Library system and it’s mine, ALL MINE!!! Okay, I do (generously) share it with thousands of others, but the little girl inside me who used to have to wait oh-so-impatiently until someone would drive her to the library each week is absolutely giddy to now live only a few minutes away from such a beautiful bounty of books.

And the librarians, OH the librarians…but that’s another love of mine you’ll just have to wait for.