Make an Impact With Monkeys on Your Back?

No less than five minutes ago I sent off the email below to an amazing man who has been in touch with me the last few months via my do-gooder website Aura’s House to try and collaborate on helping hundreds, possibly thousands of girls in Uganda receive better access to education. Without getting too long-winded or weepy, I felt like it captured the zeitgeist of the...

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Ignorance is Bliss

How lucky I am that no one ever talked me out of pursuing a career in the arts. This morning I was sitting in my favorite Roman coffee bar watching the usual suspects pop in with hearty “buongiornos” to the barista Alessandro, who knows everyone’s name as well as their usual drink. I was on the way to my office at The American University of Rome where I...

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A Broad Abroad: Being Fruitful in Foreign Lands

  Some people visit foreign countries. I give birth in them. Greetings from sabbatical-land. I know I’ve been quiet but it’s only because I’ve been blissfully busy animating, drawing, and writing. I have a number of projects coming down the pipeline. One of them is a chapter in a graphic anthology called A Broad Abroad: Women Traveling Alone. This...

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Welcome to My Hermit Kingdom

I admit it. I am smug. I am smug because for one semester anyway, I am on sabbatical and so far it is everything I hoped it would be and more. Usually I align myself with the struggling underdog masses, and yet at this moment I find myself in the privileged .1% of humanity’s population that gets to work from home on creative endeavors (ie. things I am passionate...

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Get Fat. Sleep In. Change Nothing.

I’m kidding! I’m kidding! I just sat down after finally getting a break from six hours of running around after my boys (one who has been up since 4:47AM this morning) and felt like I needed to make a blog post. It’s been ages since I’ve written, and all I’ve seen anyone else write about these last few days is the usual “Happy New...

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Instant Mood Boost: A Facebook Thought Gift Experiment

Have you ever logged into one of your your social media accounts and wished you could find just the right words to cheer up an entire hoard of people all over the world across time and space with just a few choice key strokes? There’s plenty of negativity out there and if it’s true (like many gurus, spiritual leaders, and authors attest) that our thoughts are...

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