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Images, Imagery, & Imagination

Capturing Two Worlds I’ve been on a treasure hunt the last several weeks, and oh, yes, I can get use to this kind of adventure! Minutes turn into hours. Daylight transitions to darkness. My backside is numb and my stomach rumbles–all in the pursuit of digging up and collecting a treasure trove of images to… Continue reading Images, Imagery, & Imagination

Animal Art · Art · Birthdays · Chasing the Butterfly · Creativity · Family · Family Reunion · Inspirations · Jayme Mansfield · Painting · Piggy Toes Art Studio · Relatives · The Blank Canvas


A FAMILY WHO PAINTS TOGETHER,  LOVES TOGETHER A funny thing happened the other night…my extended family gathered in my art studio to celebrate recent birthdays–namely, my mother’s 80th, Uncle Bob’s 70th, my 51st, some others in between, and all the way down to baby Joey’s 1st! Most in their right mind would consider this event risky… Continue reading A NEW KIND OF FAMILY FUN!

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Book Clubs…

Tamarisk Book Club at Shana Fonte’s home The Best Cardio Workout As Valentine’s Day approaches, my heart is warmed, energized, and deeply touched–the best cardio workout around! My secret…hanging out with wonderful women who believe in the power of books. Recently, I’ve been on a streak of attending book clubs to talk about writing and… Continue reading Book Clubs…

Bella · Chasing the Butterfly · Companionship · Dog Lover · Golden Retriever · Gracie · Loss of a Pet · Puppy · Watchful Eyes · Wisdom from a Dog · Writing

Watchful Eyes

Watchful Eyes Gracie Bella a.k.a. Stinkerbelle It has been over half a year since I wrote about the loss of Gracie, our eleven-year-old Golden. It’s been nearly as long since Bella joined our family.Logic had said, “Not another dog so soon.” Besides, the end of summer was quickly approaching and I would be back teaching.… Continue reading Watchful Eyes

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Thanksgiving Reflection

A “Gratitude Tree” given to me by the Aspen Academy Mom’sBook Club — It should have been me who gave this to them! An Unexpected Outcome I never gave the outcome much thought–the journey to write and publish Chasing the Butterfly had been consuming my thoughts and time for the last five years, plus. Sure, I had… Continue reading Thanksgiving Reflection

Book Club · Book Release · Chasing the Butterfly · Fiction · France · Jayme H. Mansfield · Literary

Chasing The Butterfly

The Butterfly Has Flown –  Chasing The Butterfly Released 10/14 Perhaps that face scared away the butterfly! Quick, press play… Now to be serious…the novel released this past week with a flourish of activity and soared to unexpected ranks on Amazon–hitting #10 on Saturday in the subcategory of 20th Century Historical/Romance/Fiction! The amazing reach of… Continue reading Chasing The Butterfly

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The Secret To Becoming a Published Author

 WHAT’S THE SECRET?  PLEASE, DO TELL! A few of the “Expeditionary Team” and I gather at the studio to celebrate the Pre-Sale FaceBook Party. What is the secret to becoming a published author?  There is a plethora of books on the same theme. It’s the popular class at a writing conference. I’ve been asked the… Continue reading The Secret To Becoming a Published Author