Visiting Muses

An Artist is paid for his vision. Art by Bernadette Rose Smith Where the Projects page is the “You Are Here” on the map at the mall, this Visiting Muses page is the “They Are Here.” (As many muses as there are, you need a page like this.) Whatever your interests are, I hope this helps you find your muse fast. Keep in mind; this is not a static page. My visiting muse list will be growing. Below are brief bios and descriptions on who has visited to date. And be sure to read the comments … Messy Room Muses often like to pop in “unannounced.” (You know how muses are.)

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Juliette Close UpJuliette Mansour, Photographer and Web-wizard

Browse this site and you’ll find Juliette’s photography, compliments of Casa Dresden, gracing many of my posts. Watch the videos and you’ll see how well this muse collaborates to support my creative whims. And, were it not for Juliette’s patient persistence and her abilities to back it up, there would be no Messy Room. (On the Internet anyway.) You also would not have a Forgive it Forward video to watch. Treat yourself to this feature of Juliette’s work and her thoughts on forgiveness in Bilingual Chick with a Knack for Creative Stuff. CLICK HERE

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Rev. Michele SevackoMichele Sevacko, New Thought Minister Michele is an ordained New Thought minister and lives in the Triad area of North Carolina with her husband and 4-legged kids. With a Ph.D. in Philosophy, specializing in Pastoral Counseling, she works from home (and heart) providing spiritual support services. Rev. Michele also serves through her Music Ministry sharing music and songs in churches, spiritual centers, the community and beyond. Metaphysical Malpractice: Have you ever asked, “What did I do to attract this?” In this post, I invite you to follow Michele’s footprints as she shares her take on the answer. And I encourage you to pay close attention because, though she has a big heart, she has little feet that like to break out in dance.

Metaphysical Malpractice: (aka what did you do to deserve this?) CLICK HERE

Michele's Forgive It Forward interview: And She Shall Have Music Wherever She Goes

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Ray HarwellRay Harwell, Agricultural Research Assistant Ray is a retired Agricultural Research Assistant with the University of Georgia. He lives in Madison with his wife. Their three children are grown and gone with five children of their own. He is now occupied with making wind chimes from glass and recycled materials. He is also finding the path from which he strayed in days gone by and is learning to reconnect with that inner artist abandoned so long ago. A Fortune In Dough: In the flurry of day-to-day living, it is moments like these, shared between a young boy and his mother, that capture the heart and are worthy of our capacity for memory – not the ones that disappoint. And when someone we love loses their ability to remember, these are the ones that we hold for them as well as ourselves. Which is why I found “A Fortune in Dough” priceless. Sit back and pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea if you prefer, and travel back in time as we share a precious memory in the making. For a fortune in dough with Ray, CLICK HERE!

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Suzanne seen through the eyes of her teenage daughter!Suzanne Smith, Travel Consultant

Suzanne loves travel, people and parties and has brilliantly embraced all three through her company, Champagne Vacations. In addition to being spotted near tombstones, Suzanne is  found researching hotels, attractions and restaurants around the world so she can make personal recommendations to her clients. She is currently surviving a teenage daughter and a four-legged crew of  rescue kitties and step-dog. Quoth the Raven "$20 more." Sometimes the Universe works in mysterious ways. In this post, I invite you to follow Suzanne’s footprints as she shares a magical story about how far a $20 bill will travel! To follow Suzanne on her journey, CLICK HERE!

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Shellie EnteenShellie Enteen, Astrologer & Aromatherapist

Shellie has been a practicing astrologer for over 30 years and an aromatherapist since 1987. She is the author of several articles for trade publications such as The Mountain Astrologer, The Aromatherapy Journal and Massage Today magazine. She teaches nationally approved continuing education classes for Massage Therapists and a Professional Level Aromatherapy course as well as healthy lifestyle classes in several holistic modalities in her current hometown of Greenville, SC. Ask the Stars! We all yearn for that special place that allows us to grow and be our best self while feeling safe and nurtured. In this time of rapidly changing circumstances and events, finding that spot is not always an easy task. This post is dedicated to finding your spot using a rather creative medium. Astrology! To find your spot with the stars, CLICK HERE! Shellie's Forgive It Forward interview: An Astralessence Muse

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[caption id="attachment_2036" align="alignright" width="240"]Chloe the Muse Sculpted by Karla Zdroik of Kamansa Korner Chloe the Muse: Sculpted by Karla Zdroik, © Kamansa Korner[/caption] MORE Muses Among Us? Forgiveness and creativity go hand-in-hand for us, so I thought it would be fun to spice up the Forgive It Forward launch party with a focus on the arts where the Messy Room introduced artists, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, potters, songwriters, musicians, astrologers – and more – who forgave it forward by donating a gift from their craft for a random drawing giveaway. (It was so much fun … I just might do it again!) Each muse answers two questions and shares a little bit about their creative process and passion. CLICK HERE to be inspired by all!