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When The Past Comes Calling

I’m completely transfixed by the timeworn and riveted by the road-weary. Despite my efforts to have a home not completely overrun by knickknacks and dusting-required tchotchkes, I do sometimes fight the battle of objects on display. However, as I’ve revealed in my tirades on National Geographic, batched tomes of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and archaic…

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Bike Love

I am elated to introduce my new/old bike: Isn’t she a beauty? I am literally beside myself with excitement. She came to me by way of my cousin Kimberly, an aspiring writer with an intriguing YA novel in the works. She spends a lot of her spare time at Renew, a consignment store in Springdale…

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The Year of the Book

Actually, as it turns out, 2014 is the year of the horse.  However, for me it is the year of the book. First up is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, as I ruminated about recently.  We had watched the 2011 Martin Scorcese film version of Hugo, and it was completely epic –…

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To The Moon

The girl is sitting next to me, and we’ve both taken our favorite (super soft!!) blankets and wrapped ourselves up in them – burrito-style – before carefully inserting ourselves beneath the covers. . It is 3 degrees outside in Arkansas on January 6. My husband reminisces that the last time he recalls such affronting cold…

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Shop Small + Shop Unique

I’m constantly torn between my deep devotion to innovative small businesses and boutiques like Grey Dog Vintage, my defensiveness of big retailers like Sam’s Club who do support small businesses and make it possible for them to thrive (and who have every bit as much right to capitalism and success!) and my desire for convenience.…

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What to Read in 2014: Nine for the New Year

As a writer and blogger, there is this constant struggle between the everyday things you must do – i.e. earn a living, feed your children consistently – and the things that you want to do, i.e. consume and generate content. I find that the more I consume, the more I generate – and that every…

Mario S. Nevado, or better known as Aégis, is an independent, freelance digital artist, art director and photographer from Murcia (Spain), focused on editorial illustration and in love with CD album cover artworks, of which have developed images for Unexpect, Ashent, The Last Relapse, Def Tactical, and many others. He actually runs his own studio and works as the Art Director of the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds, as he publishes advanced tutorials over at PSDTuts+.

The Redheaded Boy

As 2014 ambled into view in a good-natured manner with relatively balmy temperatures, the neighborhood kids gathered to compare Christmas notes and expend excess, pent-up energy from too much family time. They congregated in the alley, strolled along the sidewalk, bounced on the trampoline and climbed on an ancient, rusting metal swingset.  The girls sat…