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My theory on defensiveness

Has this happened to you? You share an opinion or a preference with somebody - and their default response is to assume that you're attacking their preference or opinion. Here's how it looks: "I love cats!" "So, what's wrong with dogs?  Dogs are also nice you know!" "I...
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Making peace with the fact that I’m not a children’s author…

I've been wanting to write this post for a while... but I've been endlessly second-guessing myself... and ruminating... and what-iffing... (y'know - the usual stuff I do!)... For those of you who have been on this journey with me for a while... you'll know that I...
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Why I ran away…

Aaah... the comfort zone. You know those, huh?  The familiar places we haunt.  Our homes... the homes of our favourite friends... our favourite coffee shop, restaurant or park... the known spaces we return to again and again. Why?  Because we know what to expect.  We...
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What coffee and alternative education have in common

When we began homeschooling / unschooling our kids a couple of years ago, I felt this tremendous pressure to explain ourselves... I wanted to go into great detail and explain our process, the reasons for our decision, our research and our journey... with every...
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Metamorphosis

JULY, 2016 I have been going through another metamorphosis of late... I do this every couple of years.  Mostly not on purpose... it just kinda... happens. I'm beginning to better understand these (inevitable) seasons of change.  And I'm also beginning to understand...
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A visual journey through my inconsistent creations

So... today I updated my "About Me" page with a long, rambling post... One of the things it has taken me a long time to come to terms with is my inconsistency... or maybe - a kinder way to say it is:  "Every-Day-Change". My HAT'ness (who I am) is pretty consistent......
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Am I a “real” artist?

So... for as long as I can possibly remember - I have had these stubborn stereotypes stuck in my head.  And for decades, I have used these stereotypes as yardsticks to measure myself (and my abilities).  Of course, I'm sure it comes as no surprise to many of you who...
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Dealing with my shit (and showing you my ME-Manifesto)

So... after yesterday's little melt-down... and - with much-appreciated support from friends and tribe'sters... today - I am squashing bugs and dealing with demons. The thing about change is that it's a journey and a process. It's not a "destination".  Nobody has...
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Are you drifting or sailing?

I have often been asked the "HOW" question. How did change happen?  What did it look like?  What steps were taken?  How did we know which direction to take?  How did the process all begin?  It's great that life changed so dramatically - but what was the PROCESS of...
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Preview of Hat’s book

So - as most of you already know - I have written and illustrated a book. Here's a preview of the first couple of pages (followed by a whole bunch of wonderful feedback from people all over the world): PS:  It's a poem - so read it out loud for the best effect. :-)...
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The beginning of the END!

Quick Note:  I'm pulling the plug on a plan I had to spend the next couple of posts rambling on some more about my weaknesses and insecurities.  I've been in a process of change... and recently, that process gathered some significant speed.  A slap-through-the-face...

Metamorphosis

JULY, 2016 I have been going through another metamorphosis of late... I do this every couple of years.  Mostly not on purpose... it just kinda... happens. I'm beginning to better understand these (inevitable) seasons of change.  And I'm also beginning to understand...

My first “real” paintings…

Hi guys...  I'm going to try not to make this another one of my long-winded posts...  but I thought I'd just share a few pics of my most recent 3 paintings. "So, big deal...!" - one might say... "Hat made three big paintings.  Isn't that what creative creatures do...

A strange thing has happened…

So - over the past couple of months or so... I have been undergoing... ...what can only be described as a metamorphosis of sorts. I have been through an extremely hermit'y season.  Haven't been visiting or socialising... haven't been hanging around at coffee shops -...

Who are the “experts”?

I was recently contacted by somebody whom I've known for many years - let's call her Pam.  She has been more of a passing acquaintance than a close friend, but we've seen each other around... and she's been following my blog for a couple of years.  She also bought my...

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