Record 20.3 million watch Women’s World Cup soccer final on U.S. TV | Reuters

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A record 20.3 million Americans watched on television as the United States beat Japan in the final of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday, setting a new high for any soccer match televised in the nation, according to preliminary ratings data on Monday.

Source: Record 20.3 million watch Women’s World Cup soccer final on U.S. TV | Reuters

Congratulations to the Women’s World Soccer Cup Champions!


The Closet by Christie: Blogger Spotlight Featuring Kim Bettasso

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Great interview Christie, congrats Kim, that’s a great feature!

For this month’s Blogger Spotlight, I’m featuring Kim from her self-titled blog, Kim Bettasso! As an entrepreneur and mom, Kim has a unique perspective on blogging and like most of us- it’s all about passion! Kim is passionate about crafting, so you can expect a ton of fun and exciting DIY projects on her blog. Aside from the unique creativity, my favorite thing about the Kim Bettasso blog is her writing style! Kim is a very talented writer and as someone that also really loves to write, I can really appreciate that. So without further ado… Meet Kim!

Source: The Closet by Christie: Blogger Spotlight Featuring Kim Bettasso

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Dana Sibilsky | Karl Jobst DDS Grove OK

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Dr. Sibilsky began to feel a desire to return to private practice. With North Georgia Psychiatry, Dr. Sibilsky is now back in a role in which she can continue to assist patients in addressing their individual psychiatric needs. In private practice, Dr. Sibilsky has developed a reputation as a confident psychiatrist who is able to provide compassionate and professional care to all of her patients.

Source: Dana Sibilsky | Karl Jobst DDS Grove OK

Not my picture, but other than that, this is definitely me.

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The Power Of Art Through Music

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There are many different types of art, but when we hear the word “art” we commonly think of drawing or painting on a canvas. Music has been a form of art for thousands of years and even today it is the most common art of expression. Music has been said in studies to be more memorable and to stick with a person for life. There’s no doubt that music has a high level of impact in a person’s life.

Music has been known to affect moods and to increase productivity. In one shocking observation, music has been noted to bring a “dead” man back to life again as seen in this video.

Amazing! The old gentleman appears to come back to life through the power of this beautiful form of art we call music. If art has this kind of effect on a person, what else can it do in a person’s life? Make no doubt about it—art has the power to change and replenish lives and I feel we are just at the tip of the iceberg with this discovery.

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About Kimra Bettasso | Beach, Tree, Land Real Estate

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Kimra is a great friend of mine who deals with 401K plans. If you have any questions, she’s my go-to-gal! She also blogs at KimraBettasso.com

Ms. Kimra Bettasso’s company has grown quickly and has already undergone expansion, but the founder and financial advisor has continued to maintain her high standards for customer service while ensuring that clients are able to discuss all of the varied factors that should be considered in a financial planning session.

Source: About Kimra Bettasso | Beach, Tree, Land Real Estate

Dana Sibilsky

Balancing Art, Writing and Raising a Family Is a Rewarding But Difficult Task

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luigi wewege dana sibilskyIt is certainly not an easy thing to raise a family, work on new artistic projects and then still have time to write about it all online, but the fact that each individual task is so enjoyable and enriches the others makes the time and effort more than worthwhile. I love spending time with my family, and our interactions are often reflected some way in the art I create. Sometimes this is intentional, but most of the time it happens organically and comes right out of my subconscious mind and goes straight to the canvas. I often do not even realize what has happened until after the piece is completed and I have time to reflect.

My family influences my writing in the same way they influence my art, but there is a greater flow of ideas back and forth from my writing to my art and from my art to my writing. Of course, this does not mean that my art and writing are more important than my family, as nothing could be further from the truth. What I mean is that my art does not always in turn influence my family in the same meaningful way as they influenced the art. My writing, however, influences my art and then turns around and is itself influenced by very same art it initially inspired.

As Luigi Wewege has pointed out, without the influences of my family, my writing and my art, none of my work would be as good as it could be. In this instance, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and for that I am very grateful.

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My Art Featured at San Jose International Art Apprentice Show!

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I am very pleased to announce that the organizers of the San Jose International Art Apprentice Show have informed me that they will be exhibiting my work at their annual gallery showing! Though my work has been featured in many galleries over the years, it is always a humbling experience when an art show expresses an interest in displaying something I have created. The San Jose International Art Apprentice Show is known throughout the art community as a consistently outstanding exhibition of works created by both established artists and newcomers to the art world, and it is quite an honor to be selected as a featured artist.

The show features a wide variety of artistic genres and it is frequently the case that there are many new and innovative endeavors on display, and attendees are often delighted at being able to be exposed to such a broad range of works through just one single show. I will have several of my pieces featured at the San Jose International Art Apprentice Show, and I am just one of a few artists who is fortunate enough to have multiple pieces on display at this annual event.

For the pieces of mine that will be on display, I used several different mediums and attempted to construct an overarching narrative through the pieces despite the divergent styles and materials that I employed in creating them. I am very much looking forward to discussing the works with anyone who attends, and I must say that I am very grateful to be able to display my work at a show that has such a lofty and longstanding reputation in the art community. In the meantime, I will be continuing to work on several new projects and I will keep trying to explore unique methods for expressing myself through the visual arts.

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Who Is Dana Sibilsky?

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Just as I find it difficult to define the art that I create, it is also quite difficult to define myself. I create works of art, which means that many people refer to me as an artist. I work with clay to create sculptures, so there are people who refer to me as a sculptor. While I certainly do not mind being referred to by a certain title or definition, I could just as easily be referred to as a gardener, writer, landscaper, or carpenter. I am, like every person in this world, many things, so this is simply a meandering way of saying that there are many things that I enjoy, and my artistic endeavors are certainly among those many things that bring a great deal of happiness and meaning to my life.

With my rambling preamble out of the way, perhaps I should address the fact that I do, in fact, view myself as an artist throughout many parts of my day. So while in the late afternoon I am often a gardener and in the early-morning hours I am frequently a daydreamer, the majority of my time is spent as a creator of art that takes on many forms. I enjoy sculpting a great deal, but most will be more familiar with my work on the canvas. I prefer to vary the materials I use in my work, and sometimes I choose to paint at an easel in my studio, while other times I will work beneath a tree using an unstretched canvas.

I have found that the creative process brings me a great deal of joy, and I always feel conflicted when a piece is finally complete. While I am happy that I have accomplished what I set out to do, I have to admit to feeling a sense of sadness that the act of creating is over. Fortunately there are always other opportunities to pursue, and no one has ever placed a limit on my creativity.