Sleigh Bells Ring…Mojo Listenin’! December 12, 2012

THE CHEER’S RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Just log onto www.toginet.com for a brand-new,

LIVE, 2-hour

Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!

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MEET

Mixed-Media Artist, Designer, Collagist, Writer, Teacher

LYNN KRAWCZYK

(a/k/a FIBRA ARTYSTA!)

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About LYNN…

Lynn says, “I am a mixed media artist living and working in Southeastern Michigan. I work with all manner of surface design techniques and my current work revolves around fabric collage. I am also an avid writer and am happiest when I am creating.

Creating art is about finding your joy. It is often impossible to restrict it to one medium, although there is always one that we go back to time and again – our first love of art making. For me, that first love is fiber art. I hand stitch 99% of my work in an effort to leave my mark on everything that I make. I enjoy mixing fiber with other materials, creating a juxtaposition of textures and surfaces.”

Lynn’s works contemplate and celebrate…

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Lynn recently shared beautiful images of her creative process with the Subversive Stitchers blog:

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And she’s published some helpful guides, as well!

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We’re talking about an exciting opportunity Lynn’s offering to you and creatives everywhere: The Written Sketchbook!

written sketchbook logo 2Lynn explains, “I’m extremely pleased to offer my first online class, The Written Sketchbook. Here’s what the class includes:

Once a month over the course of six months you’ll receive a link to download a PDF with a writing prompt. (Class begins on January 19, 2013. On January 5, 2013 you will receive an invitation to join a Yahoo group to discuss your writing with Lynn and other students, this is optional.)

Here’s what you’ll receive in each prompt:

* A different form of writing will be featured, such as haiku and photo essays.

* An exercise that explores that form of writing. Lynn will do the exercise as an example and then ask you to do the same.

* Three additional prompts to serve as jumping off points for additional writing over the course of the month.

* A Featured Artist that has made writing an integrated part of her art process. She will share her own personal writings as well as show artwork that relates to it. Featured Artists include Virginia SpiegelKaren Anne Glick, Lynn Krawczyk, Lesley Riley and Sue Bleiweiss.

I’m really excited to introduce you to the writing of these other artists. I have a lot to share with you but so do they and their perspective is very special.

This is a creative writing class. I won’t be critiquing your work, I won’t be telling you you did something wrong. Because I truly believe that writing is intensely personal and its what you want it to be. It can’t be wrong.

I’ve set up a Facebook page for the class that is open for viewing. I’ll be indulging my geeky love of writing there with inspirational quotes and the like. But the class conversations will be held privately through the Yahoo group so don’t worry, the entire world won’t see what you write. :)

You can enroll through the class by purchasing a spot through my Etsy shop. I set up listings there to make it easy, especially since Etsy takes credit cards now.”

CLICK HERE for Lynn’s website!

Lynn blogs HERE!

Lynn’s creations are sold HERE and HERE!

Get Lynn’s monthly e-zine HERE!

Lynn’s on FACEBOOK and ETSY!

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MEET

Author, Psychologist, Behavorial Researcher, Professor

DR. TODD L. PITTINSKY

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About TODD…

tpDr. Todd Pittinsky’s research investigates the well-known problems and underestimated potential of diverse communities, with a central focus on positive intergroup relations. This under-studied reality is the common element in his recent work on (a) the educational consequences, in quantitative domains, of positive stereotypes about ethnic minorities, (b) a theory of allophilia in diverse collectives (the Two-Dimensional Model of Intergroup Attitudes), and (c) leadership that bring groups together to reach common goals (intergroup leadership). In all this work, he models intergroup relations in their ecosystems of society, technology, and policy.

Dr. Pittinsky earned a A.B. in psychology from Yale University, an M.A. in psychology from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Business School. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology & Society at the University of Stony Brook. Prior to joining the Stony Brook faculty he was an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as Research Director of the Center for Public Leadership.

Can’t wait to talk with Todd about his new book, US + THEM!

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Moving beyond mere tolerance

Us-versus-them is the costly mind-set in which organizations, communities, and whole nations too often find themselves trapped. In fact, recognizing difference as a positive force can bring astonishing value to even the most diverse organizations.

In Us Plus Them, leadership scholar Todd Pittinsky introduces a groundbreaking new science of diversity that:

– Debunks the assumption that wherever there is difference there will be inherent tension and animosity
– Challenges the effectiveness of our standard attempts to fight prejudice and combat hate in our schools and workplaces, our civic and religious lives
– Reveals how we benefit from the mixing of different ethnic, racial, national, social, and religious groups in a globalized world

Through a wide range of examples—from Maine and Michigan to Rwanda and Bhutan, and from small-town classrooms to corporate boardrooms—Pittinsky opens our eyes to misunderstood yet useful aspects of us-and-them relations, including many of the neglected positive dimensions of difference. He provides a bold new assessment of the popular and scientific approaches to the issue, proving that it’s time to move beyond mere tolerance to build communities in which the two sides of the us-and-them equation engage each other because they both want to.

Much as Martin Seligman and positive psychology have shifted the focus from mental illness to mental healthiness, this book shifts our mind-set to diversity as a positive force. Understanding the science and practical use of that energy will help us build the schools, neighborhoods, companies, and nations we want, and not simply avoid the ugliest problems of the past. Pittinsky shows us that our great diversity experiment hasn’t failed—it hasn’t even begun.

Other works by Todd include…

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CLICK HERE for Todd’s website!

Find Todd’s new book HERE!

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MEET

Quilter, Designer, Author, Teacher

PAULA DOYLE

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About PAULA. . .

425963_194538443984709_1306879086_nDespite being born in Massachusetts, Paula Doyle was raised in Brazil, the daughter of Methodist missionary teachers. Her mother taught her how to use a sewing machine at the age of nine, and she made her first patchwork cushion at the age of ten under instruction from her maternal grandmother. After a career in banking and corporate training, Paula moved to London and married Mark Doyle. Their son, Jonathan, was born in 1990 during a seven-year overseas posting to the United States and Canada, which is when quilting became a passion for Paula.

She learned how to make her first sampler quilt in a class at La Maison de Calico, a quilt shop in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. Over the next few years she took more classes, moved to Connecticut, and eventually started to teach patchwork and quilting classes at the local YWCA, at the local quilt guild, and even to a group of nuns in a monastery. On her return to England in 1995 she opened Green Mountain Quilt Shop, where she continued to teach quilting and patchwork classes and to design quilts and quilt patterns. After thirteen years in business, Paula closed the shop to allow her to concentrate solely on designing quilt patterns and teaching. She now works in her garden studio (Green Mountain Quilt Studio) on the banks of the Thames in Surrey, England.

advance copy arrivesPaula says, “I love quilts.  I have been a full time quilter for over 20 years, and I enjoy all aspects of quiltmaking , from hand piecing to machine quilting to the history of quiltmaking, and I especially enjoy designing quilts.  I teach quilting classes, give talks about quilts, and design and make quilts and quilt patterns in my Green Mountain Quilt Studio, in Surrey, England. One of the things I like best is simplifying complex looking techniques to make them achievable and enjoyable to every quilter.  I am also the author of Mini Mosaic Quilts ( C&T Publishing 2012), which is all about making small scale quilts and blocks with a fantastic easy piecing technique.”

Paula’s new book is a wow!

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Paula’s designs flow and blend with knockout, small-sized blocks!

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CLICK HERE for Paula’s Green Mountain Quilts website!

Paula blogs HERE!

Find Paula’s new book HERE!

Paula is on FACEBOOK!

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MEET

Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Conductor, Audio Producer

ROBERT VEST

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About ROBERT…

“… a performer you will want to keep your eye on.” — Sherry Braun, Stage Pages, NY, NY

“… unusually honest and touching” “Robert Vest’s voice is big and so is his heart” — Rob Lester, Talkin Broadway, NY, NY

Robert Vest is a native of Georgia, a singer, actor, voice teacher, coach, songwriter, and conductor. NYC, off-Broadway, and regional musical theatre credits include leading roles in Just One of Those Things, Santa Goes Boating, A Broadway Christmas Carol, Georgia Boy, Dressing Up Is Hard To Do, La Contessa’s Stars and Stars (Mr. UPS), The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), The X Files (Bill Clinton), and Hello Dolly!

As a singer and concert artist, Vest has performed musical theatre, gospel, pop, country, R&B, and classical music throughout the U.S. and Europe. Robert has also conducted church choirs, orchestras, and handbell choirs throughout the U.S.

Opera/Operetta credits: War and Peace (Metropolitan Opera), HMS Pinafore (Atlanta Lyric Opera), and Ahmal and The Night Visitors. Training: M.M, Southwestern Baptist, Ft. Worth, TX; B.C.M. Shorter College, Rome, GA, Additional Training: Reinhardt College, Waleska, GA.. Member: AEA, MAC.

He has been a Faculty Member of AMDA, (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy) NYC. Robert’s private voice studio is home to current Broadway performers and Rockettes as well as touring singers and performers.

From rehearsal room, recording studio to stage, Vest is comfortable at helping singers reach their goals. With years of experience as a gospel singer, actor, and musical theatre performer. and voice teacher, he gladly shares his knowledge with students and audiences of all ages.

Robert’s sensational recordings include…

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Listen to Robert’s ‘net radio station HERE!

Buy Robert’s new global warming Christmas song HERE!

Robert’s on FACEBOOK!

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