Julia Benson-Slaughter

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    Sharing My Favorite Creative Work

    Käthe Kollwitz image

    (C4ward March Blogathon Day 3 post, a day late because Monday is my insanely long day with no breathing room) What should I show as my favorite creative work? In what area did I DO my favorite creative work? Was it this pair of chainmaille earrings? Or these earrings made from one of my favorite …

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    Five Year Plan? What Five Year Plan?

    Shawl Pin by Andrea Winkler using my glass bead

    C4ward March Blogathon: Day 2 Prompt “Where” is your creative work going? Envision yourself and your work five years or more from now. Who are you and what do you see your work as “being”? How is your work “evolving” and “becoming”? What about your work inspires you? Inspires others? Where are you going and …

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    C4ward March Blogathon Day 1

    On a whim I decided to participate in this challenge — blog every day for two weeks, with prompts given, about my creative journey. I’m doing it here, on my personal site, rather than on Copper Dancer Designs or Thursday Nights at Windy Hill, because I choose not to limit myself to one aspect of …

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    27 Reasons (Plus a Few of My Own) to Love ATS® Bellydance

    I ran across the original list given here by Cherie Dawn on her website, Cherie Dawn Loves Fire. Dancing barefoot 20-yard skirts Tapping into mysterious roots of feminine movement Using ankle bells, coin belts and coin bras to contribute to the music/percussion Attending classes to learn new combinations Bindis and tribal markings Earthy, heavy drum …

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    The Year I Became a Dancer

    I think 2013 will stay in my memory as the year I actually became a dancer. Just a very amateur, baby bellydancer, mind you, but a dancer nonetheless. I upped the learning with my weekly classes. Lacy’s regular classes remained the foundation, with several new choreographies and semi-regular ATS® classes. Jenny and Nawar’s intermediate tag-team …

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    Insight Video from Malin Dang

    ATS Belly Dance – Insight video from Malin Dang on Vimeo.

    No, it isn’t!

    So, What D&D Character Am I? (meme)

    I Am A: Neutral Good Human Wizard (6th Level) Ability Scores: Strength-9 Dexterity-10 Constitution-11 Intelligence-16 Wisdom-13 Charisma-11 Alignment:Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the …

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    Celebrities vs. Politics

    Last Tuesday night I had been one of the 180,000+ viewers, via YouTube, of State Senator Wendy Davis’s epic filibuster against the Texas abortion regulation bill. Wednesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its rulings overturning California Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, two days after they gutted major provisions of the …

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    ATS® Meme