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Guest Blogger Christine Byl | Thanks & Giving for the Arts

  On a recent road trip to visit family in the Southeast, a rural church billboard caught my eye: “Grateful people are happy people.” I don’t generally look to church yard proclamations for advice, but this quote stayed with me. It’s far from a novel idea—myriad scientific studies support the correlative relationship between articulated gratitude

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Filling Your Bucket

Last March I finished up the revisions of my second poetry manuscript, and for some time afterwards I felt like an empty bucket. All those poems had been filling the bucket, sloshing around, creating new poems by some sort of mysterious intricate crystallization process.  But now, the poems had been poured out onto the page

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