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Inspiration from simple, every-day observations

DSC01656As writers, we find inspiration from simple – even mundane – observations.

We might have a character that resembles the kooky guy at the coffee shop. Or a trait of another character that reminds us of a loved one. Perhaps one of your characters can juggle (as does my son).

We can memorialize others by creating short stories around their pleasures (like I did in “The Garden”) or writing of an event that gave us great joy (like “Mom and Bocelli”).

We can also do away with those that have wronged us (wait til ya see what I do to an ex in “Ruth Tees Off”).

Single events or commonplace observations can lead to inspiration – for our characters, stories, and our poetry.

For instance…

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Three Shaved Heads

by Karen R. Sanderson

Military boys, all in a row.

One mature sergeant

And his two little clones.

Three shaved heads, all in a row.

Man, his boy, and his boy’s little bro.

First came a young boy,

Married so young.

One childlike man,

In an orderly row.

So there, that’s one.

Then came the first offspring,

They cuddle, side by side.

Two shaved heads,

In an orderly row.

So, then there were two.

Along came another boy,

Preemie and scared.

Later flourishing, strong.

The first two scoot over.

So, then there were three.

Three shaved heads, in an orderly row.

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Avoiding blog burn-out

burnEven if you love blogging, there will come a day when you are near burn-out. Or maybe you have already crashed and burned.

Try to notice the signs of an imminent burn out. Intervention time!

I see it in myself. I sometimes agonize over what to write for my next blog.

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Same ole, same ole

Are you blogging only about writing? Or editing? Or social networking woes?

Try something different!

Do a blog of inspirational quotes (make your own with
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Post inspirational artwork.

Take pictures and then post your photos.

Invite guest bloggers.

Tell a funny story about your childhood.

Genre rut

You write sci fi so you follow sci fi blogs exclusively. No, nada, niet!

Go look for poetry, women’s lit, romance, horror, or western blogs! Yes, western!

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“Same shit, different day.”

Have you been following the same blogs for months and months?

A good way to find new blogs is to connect with other commenters on the great blogs you follow or via guest writers on these blogs.

Go outside writing

If you are following a poo-pile of writing blogs, go look for blogs that are non-writing.

Try art blogs or yoga blogs or hiking blogs.

How about photography or watercolor or pottery?

What about cooking or dance?

Or better yet, take a class in art, yoga, photography, cooking, or dance.

danceAsk a question

On your Facebook page, ask a question like, “What do you do when you have writer’s block?” or “What one thing must I remember for a book signing?” or “What do you do when you have no idea for your next blog?”

You will probably get enough comments to create your next blog post (save the FB comments!).

Fun, fun, fun

Stop worrying about your blog and go out and have some fun!

See Susannah Friis’s blog post about having Fun Fun Fun.

Take a vacationst thomas

I’m not talking to Maui or St. Thomas (though those would be nice).

I’m talking a vacation from blogging. Just decide to take a month off and then stick to it.

Have you ever experienced blog burn out? What do you do to avoid burn out or get over burn out?

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My Main Street – Art Main

Art Main Anniversary Poster

Art Main Anniversary Poster from 1991

Art Main
13 South Main Street
Minot ND 58701
Phone: (701)838-4747 Fax: (701)838-1652
Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Connect with Art Main on Facebook.

Inside Art Main

Established: Open doors August, 1981.

Artmain is a retail store that offers custom framing, art supplies, and a women’s boutique with unique gifts.

Co-Owners: Beth Kjelson and Becky Piehl

About Beth – She is originally from Glenburn, ND. She graduated from MSU with double major in Elementary Education and Art Education, and then taught in Scobey, Montana, and Belcourt and South Prairie, North Dakota. She was Minot Art Gallery Director before opening Art Main. Beth is married to Keith and they have two sons, Eli and Billy. They live in Minot.

About Becky – She is originally from Marion, ND, and attended Valley City State University. Becky moved to Minot in the early 70s with her husband, Walter. She and Water have four children, Shadd, Levi, Crystal, and Cota. Becky retired in May of 2012 but remains as support to the business and to the Art Main girls.

Special Events

Art Main participates in downtown activities such as the Easter and Halloween walks, Fall Festival, and Christmas open house.

Art Main also conducts their own “in house” activities and specials. One of their long-standing annual sales is in February – “Sweetheart of a Deal Sale,” a custom framing sale, is still as popular as it was 32 years ago.

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Before Art Main

Prior to Art Main the building housed a gift shop called J &J Gifts, but the Scofield Block was better known as Olson’s Men Store during the 50s and 60s. This location has had many occupants. It has been a hardware store, men’s clothing store, barber, American cafe, and pool hall. Scofield block was built in 1905 by James Scofield who was also voted mayor of Minot in 1887.

Old postcard of Main Street, Minot. Provided by Mark Lehner.

Old postcard of Main Street, Minot. Provided by Mark Lehner.

Do you have a favorite art supply store in your area? Do you dabble in the arts? What medium?

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My Main Street – Margie’s Art Glass

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Margie’s Art Glass Studio
109 Main Street South
Minot, ND 58701
701.837.8555
Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 8:30 pm
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday and Monday closed

Connect with Margie’s on their website or on Facebook.

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From Margie

I started my business in this location in 2004. I am the sole owner (except my husband has been my main supporter and custodian).

After a 19-plus-year career as a mom, I decided to re-enter the business world as a shop owner. I had too much experience telling my family what to do all those years to let it go to waste!

Opening the glass studio gave me the outlet for my creative side. We added the ceramic paint studio about a year and half after the original opening because it seemed a good fit.

Our coffee shop, “The Black Iguana,” was my attempt to bring people into the glass shop that otherwise would never come through the door – and it’s worked very well. We offer Minot’s best coffee drinks!

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Margie’s offers a wide variety of glass classes including stained glass, fused glass, mosaic, and jewelry making. They also have a drop-in-paint-your-own pottery studio that has been well received in the community.

Downtown events

Margie’s Art Glass participates in a lot of downtown events, like the Bunny Walk, Treat Trail, and a Minot favorite, The Wine Walk. Margie’s also supports open house events during the holidays.

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Before it was Margie’s

For the 24 years before I owned the building, “Sax” maternity and children’s clothes was in the building; before that “Stevenson’s” (men’s wear I believe) Then back to 1906 a series of five and dime stores selling stockings, shoes, thread, with this and that.

Around 109 South Main, circa 1950s

Around 109 South Main, circa 1950s

The grandsons on a recent visit to Margie's

The grandsons on a recent visit to Margie’s

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Do you have a favorite crafts, ceramics, or pottery venue in your area? What is your favorite craft?

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My Main Street – 10 North Main – A Dining Experience

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10 North Main

At 10 North Main Street

Minot, ND  58701

10 North Main is open Tuesday-Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to close.

Connect with 10 North Main on their website, Facebook, and on Twitter.

The owners

Jonathan and Chad

Jonathan and Chad

Chad Schmidt, General Manager

Jonathan Peterson, Executive Chef

Lance Behm, local children’s dentist

Josh Duhamel, Minot-born actor

About 10 North Main

10 North Main opened in 2005. The restaurant is located on the north side of downtown Minot, across the street from the historic Soo Line Train Depot.

The atmosphere at 10 North Main is warm and cozy – all guests feel comfortable enjoying a night out or celebrating a special occasion. What is most important is that, when you leave, you feel you had a wonderful experience at an exceptional value.

Mouth-watering menu

I couldn’t possibly mention all menu items here, but let me give you a taste (pun intended).

Appetizers – Crab Cakes, Pheasant Strips, Calamari

Soups – French Onion and Wild Rice and Smoke Duck

Salads – Along with the house salad, they offer Italian, Caesar, and Spinach & Strawberry

10 north main foodThe main course

10 North Main offers delicacies from “field, smoke, stream,” and pasta.

Field – Filet Mignon, NY Strip, Rib Eye, and Prime Rib. They also offer elk, bison, and veal.

Smoke – Chicken, Duck, BBQ Ribs

Stream – Chilean Sea Bass, Tasmanian Salmon, Shrimp, Crab, Walleye

Pasta – Penne Carbonara, Pheasant Marsala, Squash Ravioli

More info on their fabulous dishes available on the menu.

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Red, sparkling, and white

Like wine with dinner? See 10 North Main’s full list of wines.

Sweet treats

After-dinner goodies include Crème Caramel, Peanut Butter Chocolate Torte, Sour Mash Cheesecake (with chocolate Cognac & caramel sauce), Main Street Sundae (rich chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, and oh-so-delicious caramel-peanut butter sauce), and Blueberry Bread Pudding.

See more about sweet treats.

If that’s not enough

10 North Main also offers dessert wine, French press coffee, and ports.

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Do you have a favorite restaurant in your town? What are some of their signature or specialty dishes?

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My Main Street – The Taube Museum

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Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art
2 North Main Street,
Minot, ND 58703
Tuesday-Friday: 10:30 am-5:30 pm,
Saturday: 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Connect with the Taube Museum on their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Artwork by Judy Bell

Artwork by Judy Bell

Founding organization

The Taube’s founding organization began in 1970. The museum moved to their current location in August, 1997.

Art featured

The Taube Museum primarily features contemporary art from local, regional, and national artists, as well as international artists.

Special Events and Programs

There are loads of special events at the Taube!

Artfest, North Dakota Student Art Show, Artcards Fundraiser, Soup It Up!, Run for the Arts,  Great Tomato Festival, Small Works Art, Revel in the Rubble, exhibits and auctions, and more!

See the Calendar of Events for more information.

Taube Museum art classArt Classes

Adult Art Class: Paint the Town Red offered on a monthly basis.

Educational

Educational programs include Goodnight, Art!, Gallery on Wheels, August Art Camp, A Start in Art, Paint a Purple Cow, Summer “Art”ventures, Youth Arts Month, Art Birthday Parties, and Tours with Art Activities.

Click the link to see more educational opportunities.

Inside the Taube

Inside the Taube

A little nostalgia and a long history

The building at 2 North Main has a long history. It began as the Jacobsen’s Hardware Store and Opera House in the early 1900s. In 1923, the building caught fire and sustained extensive damage. Jacobsen’s did not want to rebuild due to finances. So the small bank that was in the corner of the building bought the property and rebuilt into the Union National Bank. In the 1960s, the bank moved to a different more modern location.

2 North Main was then a USO for about ten years. After that, it sat empty for over 20 years and was then gifted to the Minot Art Association (our previous organization name).

Jacobsen's Photo from Digital Minot

Jacobsen’s
Photo from Digital Minot

Do you have favorite museum in your area?

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My Main Street – Main Street Books

Main Street Books Store Front

Main Street Books
106 South Main Street
Minot, ND 58701


Monday to Friday – 10am to 6pm

Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Sunday – Noon to 4pm

Extended hours during the holidays

Connect with Main Street Books on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

About Main Street Books and owner Val Stadick

Main Street Books opened on March 27, 2006, by owner Val Stadick. Val was born in Minot, North Dakota and moved to California in 1960 when she was just one year old. She moved back to North Dakota about 20 years ago. Val logo[1]graduated from Minot State University in 1999 with a B.A. in English and minor in Business Administration. She wrote grants and worked as coordinator for ReStore for five years prior to opening the bookstore.

Val has three kids and six grandchildren. She likes to run, she reads (of course!), and wishes to someday write.

Main Street Books is a local, independent bookseller that specializes in new and used books and a wonderful collection of children’s educational, classic, and fun toys.

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where's waldoSpecial Events
Main Street Books is offering their first-ever book clubs for kids this summer and has at least one monthly themed children’s event. Also during  the summer, they have two children’s story times on Fridays at 10 am and 11 am.

Sundays are BOGO used books, and they offer a frequent buyer program on books. Main Street Books tracks your books purchased, and when you reach ten, you get a credit for 10% of what you spent – it’s like getting a free book. In July, they sponsor a month-long “Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt” in which 25 other local businesses participate. FUN FUN FUN!

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Years ago, the store housed Jay’s Men’s Store, around the 60s and 70s. After that it was Mr. Wish Gift Shop. The building was renovated right before Val and Main Street Books moved in. Renovations brought back the original hardwood floors and the original brick walls were exposed.

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Main Street, Minot

Main Street, Minot

Do you have a favorite, local, independent book store?

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