Since I first began Fifth Element Beads, my aesthetic goal has been to design jewelry made from my hand made clay beads and accented with simple beautiful stones. At first I selected stones based on their visual appeal. But, soon I found out that customers were more in...


What does it mean to “Live the Writer’s Life”? 

To find out, ten strangers formed a writing cohort, came up with an audacious plan to write and publish and book together, and created "Where the Words Await...Walking the Writer's Path".  


In this first-ever collect...

While this author’s colleagues discussed the intricacies of the editing process during a weekend session of the Writing and the Oral Traditions cohort, he attended his youngest daughter’s high school graduation. Of course, any parent worth the title would make himself...

Igniting the Imagination 

It began with fire. 

Our distant human-like ancestors mastered the primal technology of fire-making more than a million years ago. Even when we were a nomadic people on the African plains, fire gave us a gathering place against the dark of night...

My mother used to visit my husband and me in Connecticut for a few weeks in the summer.  She was in her early eighties then and, except for some hearing loss and eyesight issues, in remarkably good health. 

One July I asked my friend Sue to drive out with me to Ohi...

Sentence by Sentence

     When Our Editing and Writing Instructor Jane Lincoln Taylor handed out a single sheet of white-lined paper and a colored pencil on Saturday morning, I wasn’t prepared for the whirlwind that occurred.

     I was immediately reminded of...

October 3, 2018

The new holistic theory of neuroplasticity and neuroinflammation and mood disorders.   By Dr. Artemis Morris


Is depression all in your head? The new holistic theory of neuroplasticity and neuroinflammation and mood disorders. By Dr. Artemis MorrisIn the 1950s...

 The Great Gatsby has long been synonymous with Long Island, but what if Fitzgerald’s true inspiration came from time spent here in Connecticut?

     F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald honeymooned for five months in the summer of 1920 in a modest gray house in Westport, Conn...


Enjoying Grammar


     Earlier in the Writing and Oral Traditions Program, we participated in a weekend session involving the importance of play in the classroom. This latest weekend’s editing session got me thinking: Can grammar be enjoyable? Even that very question i...

          Though everyone has a personality, its source is seldom a point that receives focused individual research. From what ground does personality arise, and how does it evolve? One school of thought proposes that the root of our personality lies in our genetic cod...

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