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Staying Inspired

Reflections of Raleigh vocalist, musician, writer, and creative connector
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09

My Name is Grandma Paula

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  Here is how I introduce myself when performing for little ones: "My name is Grandma Paula. I once was a little girl.  (My name is Grandma Paula. I once was a little girl.) My hair was brown and fuzzy, in ringlets and in curls, And when I sucked my thumb too much, My teeth looked like a squirrel's! When I got some braces. My teeth were pretty pearls. That's how Grandma Paula came from a little girl. My name is Grandma Paula.  I once was a little girl. (My name is Grandma Paula.  I once was a little girl.) Then, I had a daughter.  (She was a little girl - of course.) And I had grand-daughters - A matching set of girls! I began to sing to them and they began to twirl. That's how Grandma Paula came from a little girl!" (c) 2013 Paula C Snyder aka Grandma Paula...
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© (c) July 2015 Paula C Snyder

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May
12

10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People - Inspiring book!

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Here is an inspiring creative excerpt from David Mezzapelle's new book, 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People (click Continue Reading below) : A Surprise Pearl of Wisdom by Marian Heath Axley In 1954, the basketball coliseum was the only place large enough to seat the University of Kentucky’s College of Arts and Sciences freshman class for their first indoctrination. The class ranks overflowed with Korean War veterans who had opted to get an education with the GI Bill, and the university personnel would be severely strained to accommodate the huge increase in student numbers. A university dignitary on the podium gave a welcoming speech and then an admonishment to the newbies. “Look to your right, look to your left. One of you will not be here next year.”  However, I had no plans of failing out or dropping out. To my right was a mature, beefy guy. To my left was...
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© Excerpt posted with encouragement and permission of Viva Editions

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May
12

Poem - Stay Inspired - from 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People!

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  This poem is an excerpt from David Mezzapelle's new book, 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People:        __________________________________________   Stay Inspired A poem by Karen Lyons Kalmenson Stay inspired with open heart and eager mind for you will see beauty in everything you find. The world will indeed be a happier place, as you navigate the hills and valleys with a smile upon your face.   _____________________________________________ Paula C Snyder, Staying Inspired blogger, was a published contributor of several articles in the first volume, Contagious Optimism, released in 2013 (pictured below). Visit The Contagious Optimism Book series website for more information, find local live events, purchase merchandise, and to have your own stories considered in future editions.  
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Mar
26

Hmmmmm - What Do I Know About Blogging?

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________________________________________ Hmmmmm - What Do I Know About Blogging?   What do I know about blogging? Is it talking? Teaching? Or Flogging? Meaning? Beaming? Or taking chances? (Staring glances into my life for all to see. Does someone care to see?) How do I express these thoughts? Too much? Too little? Without belittling anyone? Maybe something of universal interest will spring lightly from my tongue before this day is done. I’ll give it a try, and don’t mind if I do. I hope I can engage a few of you with my ramblings, and hopes, and dreams (come true?) About creative life, artists’ strife, being wired, and (of course) staying inspired!   A little creative imagery… by Paula C Snyder
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Staying Inspired

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Last year, I retired from my full-time (what some people call “real”) job, to revive my music career.   This is not the first time my creative spirit won over.   In fact, my creative spirit draws me back every time I try to leave it. Folks often tell us we cannot sustain a livable income with creative activities and that they are just hobbies.   They should be put aside, so we might support ourselves and families monetarily.   It is also a competitive world in the arts.   With dreams of fame and fortune, some artists are not even recognized as “great” until after they pass away!    Why do we do it?   Is it wealth, personal satisfaction, dream, or reality?   Personally, I can say that I never really followed the leader or listened to what people told me to do.   (My parents could attest to...
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