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In the Meme Time: Processing Critiques



A Photo a Week Challenge: Red

A Photo a Week Challenge: Red

My offerings for Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge. Click on the image to enlarge and read description.

Photos by ARHuelsenbeck

From the Creator’s Heart # 85

From the Creator’s Heart # 85

Like a lily among the thorns
is my darling among the maidens (Song of Songs 2: 2; NIV).

Guest Post: Book Giveaway – Ruby Lee and Me


Thanks to Kathy Temean for this article telling how Shannon Hitchcock became a storyteller, and how her book, Ruby Lee and Me, came to be published.

Writing and Illustrating

Author Shannon Hitchcock has agreed to Giveaway a copy of her new book RUBY AND ME. She sent me a copy and I can’t wait to read it. I’ll tell you about it when I announce the winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.


Everything’s changing for Sarah Beth Willis. After Robin’s tragic accident, everyone seems different somehow. Days on the farm aren’t the same, and the simple fun of riding a bike or playing outside can be scary. And there’s talk in town about…

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Creative Juice #25

Creative Juice #25

Fourteen more articles to start your Friday creative streak:

  • Melanie McNeil shares the quilts she made in 2016.
  • I think you may be obsessive compulsive if you do this, but I love the results. I may have to try this idea…
  • Nostalgia time. My husband had one of these in his classroom to help his students improve their listening skills.
  • Are you jealous when you see all the creative things other people are doing?
  • Combining loves of ballet and reading.
  • The illustrations of Hanna McCaffery.
  • I think a dragon is the perfect subject for a quilt.
  • A grandfather posts a drawing a day for his grandchildren on his Instagram account.
  • Um, some of these one-of-a-kind Etsy finds are examples of creativity gone awry.
  • Scrap paper sculpture.
  • Joel Kioko, a young ballet dancer from Kenya.
  • The embroidery of Humayrah Bint Altaf
  • Norm 2.0 is known for his Thursday Doors photography posts, but here he combines doors and street art.
  • How do you do free-motion quilting at a retreat? Like this.

ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge for 2017

ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge for 2017

A new year, a new set of aspirations. Join me in setting goals for your creative pursuits in 2017. This year I’m trying to schedule when I’m going to work on each goal. Some of these goals are simply continuing things I’m already doing. These are my intentions:

Spiritual life

  • bible-open-to-psalmsMy life functions more smoothly when I’m centered in the Lord. One of the best ways to stay in God’s will is by reading the Bible daily. Probably the best time for me to read and reflect on a chapter of scripture is when I first sit down at my writing desk in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I often skip this twenty-minute discipline because life intervenes, I get to my desk late, and I’m afraid I won’t get around to writing. This year, I am going to rededicate myself to the simple, but vital, practice of daily Bible reading. No excuses.


  • Book projects. On Thursdays and Fridays, work on finishing and submitting The Unicornologist. On Saturdays, work on rewriting The God of Paradox.frustrated-writer-2
  • ARHtistic License. Work on my daily posts Monday through Wednesday. I schedule at least one post every day, working about a month ahead. Enter some challenges. (More about challenges coming January 17, 2017.) Fine tune the blog (maybe I’ll post a survey and solicit reader feedback). Grow to 350 followers by December 31.
  • Previously written pieces in my file cabinet. On Sundays, rewrite promising pieces as necessary, and submit them.
  • On odd-numbered days, write a poem before doing the work of the day.

Visual art

  • Oil_painting_palette wikipediaOn even-numbered days, before doing the work of the day, spend 15-45 minutes on a small (or part of a large) piece of art, either zentangle, calligraphy, coloring, sketching, watercolor, or oils.

Artist date

  • About once a week, schedule a fun activity away from home. Visit an art exhibit, or go to a concert, or take a photography walk. Maybe get a blog post out of it.




  • Continue working with the Gethsemane Piecemakers on the first and third Saturdays. In the intervening weekends, finish ministry quilts, but also work on my own personal projects.

OtherMom's piano

I will continue to:


  • Practice piano each evening; maybe switch out with guitar or recorder on Sunday nights.
  • Folk dance on Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings.


Now it’s your turn. Take the ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge:

  • If you haven’t already, determine your creative goals for 2017.
  • Post your goals on your blog, and leave a link in the comments below. Or if you don’t have a blog, list your goals in the comments. Now, the entire world can see them and hold you accountable. (No pressure. Really. Everyone who reads my blog is really supportive.)
  • Put a copy of your goals in your workspace where they can be a reminder of what you want to accomplish.
  • Let’s agree to meet back here on the first day of every month to reevaluate our goals and our progress. It’s already on my calendar.

2017 photo from

Creative Juice #22

Creative Juice #22

Twelve articles to make lightbulbs shine above your head.

Guest Post: Russian Film Festival, Part One by Rich Brown

Guest Post: Russian Film Festival, Part One by Rich Brown

I never thought about watching classic foreign films for the music. If you’re a Prokofiev fan, you might enjoy this article, as I did. Thanks to Rich Brown of Good Music Speaks.

Good Music Speaks

I have three DVDs sitting on my desk waiting for me to have time for a Russian film festival.  I’m not sure if this will happen over one long afternoon, or over three separate nights. I stumbled upon these films because the music for each, was composed by some of my favorite Russian composers. Being a composer, or artist of any sort, in Stalinist Russia was an absolute nightmare.  More accurately, being a human being in Stalinist Russia was an absolute nightmare, and being a composer was no exception.  There was no such thing as due process under the law, nor freedom of speech, nor so many of the things I take for granted as a citizen of a free country.  There were several “purges” over the time Stalin was in power, whereby people who showed opposition to the Party, or some undesirable trait, were rounded up and imprisoned or…

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Wordless Wednesday: Maw

Wordless Wednesday: Maw


Photo © by ARHuelsenbeck.

What Does your Christmas Wreath Say about You? by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

What Does your Christmas Wreath Say about You? by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

This article first appeared on Doing Life Together.

Doing Life Together

Many years ago, I bought a couple of horns at the craft store and dolled them up with ribbons and jingle bells and floral picks. I reasoned they would be perfect for a musician’s home.


I love looking at Christmas decorations. I think they reflect the people who put them up. Sometimes I wonder what those people are really like.

Here are some Christmas wreaths I found on Pinterest recently. I’ve linked them back to their original articles. Sometimes directions are included–hey, there’s still time to make some these!

Santa Tulle Wreath

Santa Tulle Wreath

Hide and Seek Wreath

door-pretty-hide-seek-wreath2Yarn Wreath

4-yarn-wreathRed and White Bow Wreath

DIY-Christmas-Wreath-3Christmas Card Wreath

Christmas card display wreathCandy Cane Wreath

Candy Cane WreathWood Slice Wreath

Wood Slice WreathCork Wreath

Cork WreathChristmas Ornament Wreath

Ornament WreathPinecone and Berry Wreath

Pinecone and Berry WreathNightmare Before Christmas Wreath

Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

Do you have a wreath displayed at your house? Why did you choose that particular wreath? Share with us in the comments.

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