What Native artists can learn from “Real Artists Don't Starve”

Broken down into three parts, Real Artist Don't Starve takes you on a journey of transformation. What does the life a successful (“Thriving”) artist look like? Are you born with special gifts, talents, advantages? If not, can you still make it as an artist? What traits must you possess to make a living in the 21st century?

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Take a trip to the Chicago World's Fair...in 1893 (Book review)

Against the backdrop of the Chicago World’s Fair, Rosalind’s task of unraveling the mystery of her missing sister is derailed by new enemies and unwanted romances. A young woman coming from the background of a simple farm in Wisconsin, she doesn’t stand much chance in the complexities of high society she is entering as a maid in the plush Sloane house. Disappearing maids and a pushy young Sloane has Rosalind constantly looking over her shoulder for danger. When she gives away her secret to a man she hardly knows, Rosalind wonders if she’s made her worst mistake ever. Or was it the best?

The Chicago World’s Fair history holds intrigue and mystery. I enjoyed traipsing around the fair and through the halls of the dark Sloane house with Rosalind, a young woman very much alone and out of place in the big city. She finds ways to be brave and face her fears despite chilling obstacles. Though the mystery wasn’t quite what I hoped as this book fell more into the romance category, I liked the historical details, and this trip to the World’s Fair.


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Book Review: The Art of Storytelling by John Walsh

Haven’t we told stories since we could talk? Telling stories is easy, right? Yes and no. Just because you can spell doesn’t mean you’re a talented writer. Just because you can speak, doesn’t mean you’re a skilled storyteller capable of holding the attention of everyone from preschoolers to bored adults. And not only hold their attention, but impact their lives.  


In the The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story, John Walsh goes beyond simple instruction, yet it is very simple and easy to follow along. He gives in depth techniques on crafting a memorable story yet sticks with the basic tools storytellers need. It’s philosophical yet practical. My kind of book all the way.

The bonus section at the end is definitely worth going through. His Bible Telling program sounds fascinating and I look forward to delving more into it.

Masters of a craft are who I seek to learn from. John Walsh is certainly one.