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Published Writing

Freedom in Creative Expression: An Interview with Charmaine Olivia

(Published at San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine)

When you’re creating a piece and you think you aren’t going to show anyone, is that fear? Or is it just about wanting to do it for yourself? It’s both. I had just finished doing a big solo show I spent months preparing for, when I created “This is Mine”. After the show, to create something without a specific purpose felt good. I don’t even know why I kept painting. I just can’t stop sometimes. I have a day off and just keep making more art. But it was cleansing in a way, and freeing. There are stages of painting where the piece looks weird and it can be vulnerable to show my work to people when it’s not done. Sometimes it’s better to be alone and to be able to completely let go and not worry about what it’s going to look like because that’s not really the point. It’s easy to get caught up in what other people will think of the work, but at the end of the day, that’s not why I paint. I do it because I love it. It’s healing for me and I get to know myself through it...

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Exercise Your Creativity: A Fun Way to Improve Your Health

(Published at San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine, image courtesy Shutterstock)

Did you know that one way to take care of your health is to exercise your creativity? In the last 15 years, research has pointed to the health benefits of creativity. A leading magazine in psychology for 50 years, Psychology Today claims that creativity contributes to several health benefits, such as increased positive emotions, decreased symptoms of depression, reduced stress responses and sometimes, improvements in immune system functioning...

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The Groundbreaking Girls Project: How One Woman Found Strength and Healing Through Creativity

(Published at San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine)

At the beginning of 2017, Allison Adams no longer recognized the world. She had lost her husband, Vernon, or Vernon Version .02 as she calls him, two and a half years after he had been in a terrible accident. In May 2014, Vernon Version .01 was driving home on his Vespa in south San Clemente when he was hit by a truck. He went into a coma, where he stayed for three months, and never ended up going home again. He awoke from the coma with severe brain injury, broken bones and short-term memory loss. Allison, along with her two children, friends and family, spent her life during those two and a half years by Vernon’s side in the hospital...

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It's All in the Crust: Blackbird Artisan Pie

(Published at San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine)

When she was a young girl, all Susie Hogue wanted to be when she grew up was a stay-at-home-mom and wife. Indeed, she married young and had three children by the time she was 24. There was only one hitch after she got hitched and became a mother. Susie jokes that she couldn’t even boil water at that point. She did not know how to cook, which to her was a key qualification for being a stay-at-home-mom and wife...

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More Than a Bookstore

(Published at San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine)

When you walk into Beach Town Books, you might think you’re back at the beach. Shades of blue fill the walls of the shop, as well as the ceiling. There’s a shade to match the San Clemente sky on a clear blue day, and shades to match blues of the ocean. There are even walls to match the San Clemente beach sand. In the room for children’s books, the walls depict an underwater world with various sea animals, including a grinning shark, a purple octopus and a whale with a tiny sailboat on its nose. The room was dreamed up and co-created by 11-year-olds, Olivia and Natalie. The twin girls are the daughters of Debbie and Scott Langston – owners of the bookstore...

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Conquering the Board: Q&A With Tory Gilkerson, 2016 Women's World Longboard Champion

(Published at San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine, image courtesy Tory Gilkerson)

23-year-old San Clemente native, Tory Gilkerson won the 2016 Women’s World Longboard Championship. We recently caught up with her while she was surfing at a competition in Papua New Guinea and asked her a few questions. Here’s what she had to say: Rachael Tilly was the 2015 champion. Did you gain any inspiration from her? It was really cool to see Rachael win the world title before me. We have been competing in the same contests for a long time and going back and forth with heat wins, so her win made me really want to get a world title of my own.

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The San Clemente Farmers Market Experience

(Published at San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine)

If you want to get a glimpse into the San Clemente community, all you need to do is stroll along Avenida Del Mar on a Sunday morning. From Calle Seville to Ola Vista, vendors of the San Clemente Farmers Market line the northern sidewalk to sell goods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday, rain or shine. Take your time, linger at each table and you’ll hear familiar exchanges between vendors and customers. The farmers market has been around for more than 20 years, and San Clemente locals have been customers for just as long. Perhaps the locals are privy to a secret: there is something wholesome about the products at this market... 

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The Language of Flowers: How to Communicate Your Passion

(Published at San Clemente Lifestyle Magazine)

The language of flowers, otherwise referred to as floriography, is the ancient practice of using flower colors and arrangements to communicate meaning. Use of floriography in the United States dates back to the early nineteenth century, but cultures in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East have been using flowers to communicate longer still. The language of flowers has been used in art, poetry, literature and the Bible. Constantine Samuel Rafinesque popularized the concept of the language of flowers in the United States through his work in weekly and monthly publications in the early 1800’s. In his feature called “The School of Flora,” he highlighted different flowers with their French, English, Latin, and botanic names as well as descriptions and symbolisms of said flowers...

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You Need Africa More Than Africa Needs You

(Published at RELEVANT Magazine)

I am not an expert on Africa. I have only encountered up close about twenty percent of the massive and diverse continent, thus my perspective is limited. However, during the last six years, through living in, visiting and studying various places around the continent, my knowledge and understanding has grown significantly. Still, one of the few things I can say with confidence is this: I need Africa more than Africa needs me. If you are anything like me, it’s easy for you to imagine all the ways Africa needs you. Mass media has long painted a dire picture of what life is like on the continent, while the positive side mostly remains hidden. In a recent interview, Ange Kagame, daughter of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame, shared her vision for Africa: “I hope in this generation’s lifetime we can … start to be defined more by our successes than the negative images that have become synonymous with Africa (poverty, war, disease et cetera).” ... 

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