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Author Archives: PocketsofSunshine

The Blog of Innocence: 49 Vintage Photography Masterpieces

It’s fascinating to see some of the themes that we think of as contemporary showing up in vintage photographs. Just goes to show you that very little actually comes from original thought. What’s old is new, what’s new is old. Creativity is eternal. Continue reading »

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‘The Help’ Helped Me Read Fiction Again

I’ve now read the book and I’ve seen the movie. While the film was excellent on it’s own, great acting by all of the leads, it didn’t have the intensity and raw fear expressed in the book. Continue reading »

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The CSS of Design Storytelling: Context, Spine, and Structure :: UXmatters

Since I’ve been behind on blogging due to life commitments, I figure I might as well share that I’m enjoying reading this: The CSS of Design Storytelling: Context, Spine, and Structure :: UXmatters. I’m in the midst of preparing for a presentation to an audience that’s much larger than what I’m accustomed to and the … Continue reading »

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Disney Promotes Blond Favoritism

We were out buying a birthday present for one of my toddler’s friends and on the way to our car we got caught in a torrential downpour. In under 30 seconds we were completely soaked. After buckling us both in I headed for home. While stopped at a traffic light I caught Sienna’s face in the rear view mirror and she said, “Mommyyyyyyy! Now I look like you. My hair is BLACK!!” Not at all trying to hide her disdain. Continue reading »

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Surviving Miscarriage and Unexpected After Effects

I haven’t posted in nearly a month. When I look for reasons the most obvious is the fact that I’ve been dealing with both the side effects of a miscarriage while simultaneously juggling numerous “life events”. As my mother always said, “When it rains, it pours.” And life is proving that little nugget to be true. Continue reading »

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Penelope Trunk’s Advice About Blogging

I didn’t know who Penelope Trunk was until SXSW 2010. I was riding the SXSW shuttle en route back to my hotel after a long day and I met a nice Gen Y girl from Madison, Wisconsin. We had a fascinating discussion about the difference between her generation and mine (I’m Gen X). I had been reading a lot about it and noticed that so many negative traits had been attached to Gen Y. Continue reading »

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Caught in the Rapture

It was 1979 and the weather was just starting to heat up in the Berkshires. I remember feeling a little freaked out by what was to come. I had visions of people being sucked up into a beam of light and taken into the heavens as the clouds parted. This was the day of the The Rapture. So we sat in our classroom and waited. Continue reading »

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Angel Babies in the U.S.

When I saw her I said, “Hey. How are you? Where’s the baby? Were’t you due in April?” I glanced down and her belly seemed still pregnant but smaller. She replied with a funny look on her face, “Oh, no one told you. I thought someone was going to tell you….” Continue reading »

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Sleep Hygiene the Secret to Happiness

When I was single I’d stay up until midnight or 1am. This felt natural to me. The times I attempted to go to bed earlier were filled with tossing, turning, and circular thoughts – like a dog chasing it’s tail endlessly without satisfaction. Continue reading »

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Surviving Miscarriage: the Hormones

I haven’t posted in nearly a month. When I look for reasons the most obvious is the fact that I’ve been dealing with both the side effects of a miscarriage while simultaneously juggling numerous “life events”. As my mother always said, “When it rains, it pours.” And life is proving that little nugget to be … Continue reading »

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