Monthly Archives: April 2016

Belinda Miller, Writer, PWC Arts Council

PWC Arts Council

Belinda Miller, a Writer of Lovely Children’s Books and a Friend of Mine, is our  Guest Contributor Today. She provides an update of what is going on in the Prince William County (Virginia) (PWC) Arts Council, for your edification.

Topics include everything from street festivals, to awards, to applications to become a Poet Laureate, Before we get to those subjects, you also can learn more about her and about writing/writers in Prince William County  through a group she helped found:  Prince William County Writers. Now, let’s get to upcoming events for the PWC Arts Council!

Belinda Miller close up PWC Arts Council

” Belinda Miller

“Okay, PWCW, there is a stack of stuff you should know about the latest goings on with the Prince William County Arts Council (

• The Arts Council is relaunching the Kathleen K. Seefeldt Awards for Arts Excellence. I’m not telling you how to live your life, but filling out nomination forms is a good time; the Seefeldt Nomination Form is available at

• The Arts Council is collaborating on three street festivals in the coming days:

The Woodbridge Alive! festival is a collaboration between the Arts Council and Northern Virginia Community College – Woodbridge. The event is Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on the NVCC-Woodbridge campus. I hope you’ll pack up your family and check out this event:….

The Gallery Walk festival is a collaboration between the Arts Council and Historic Manassas, Inc. The event is Friday, May 6th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Artists will do their things on the closed-off streets of and embedded in various shops and restaurants in Old Town Manassas. Come for the art, shops, and dining; stay for the post Gallery Walk ‪#‎drank‬.

The third street festival will be Summerfest, a collaboration between the Arts Council and the Clearbrooke Foundation on Saturday, June 18th from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Tacketts Mill. We’ll have artists and food trucks and a beer garden. The event features the crowning of the Prince William County Poet Laureate.

And speaking of crowning a Poet Laureate, if you’re handier with a keyboard (for writing) than you are with a keyboard (for musicking), consider applying to become the County’s Poet Laureate. The Arts Council’s efforts resulted in Prince William having the first County-wide Poet Laureate in Virginia. Maybe the next one should be you. Applications can be found here:…/prince_william_poet_laurea….”

And that is all.

Note: after publishing this article, I learned that the original came from  Sheyna Burt, and had been shared by my friend, Belinda, whom I thought had created the content. I apologize for the error.  Nancy Wyatt





Zentangle | Zen Doodle

What Is Zentangle | Zen Doodle?

(I hope you clicked on the above link to see the video)

When Is Art Used As Meditation For Stress Relief?

When A Person Chooses to Zentangle | Zen Doodle!

No Art Ability Or Background Needed


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Michelle Keeley, Zentangle Artist

Michelle Keeley, CZT Artist

My Persuasive Presentations is presenting classes in how to do this kind of art as a tool for easing stress from things like natural disasters, war-induced PTSD, life traumas and physical abuse. The technique helps reduce stress related to child-rearing, work/life balance, career challenges, severe anxiety following chemotherapy and diagnoses of illness, etc. In other words, whether the tension is large or small, chronic or acute, this outlet might help bring peace to your spirit, and you don’t have to know a thing about art  to do it!

Our instructor, Michelle Keeley, says, she “quickly fell in love with the technique because it required me to stay in the moment to focus on each stroke. I’ve got to say there have been many days when I came home from work totally stressed out, picked up my pen and got so lost in a pattern that the worries fell away, or a resolution came to mind once i completed a drawing session. “

Zentangle | Zen Doodle Is About LIFE

Michelle says, “Zentangle has a “rule” that no eraser is allowed, which forces you to be creative with the occasional “oops. The zen connection here is that there is no eraser in life, so no eraser is used with Zentangle.”

There is just something magical that happens when you are focused on repetitive patterns and the results are truly amazing, even folks who feel they have no artistic ability are able to produce satisfying and beautiful works.

Michelle Can Teach You How To Zentangle | Zen Doodle

If you want to learn Zentangle and can attend one of our two classes on April 19th (3:30 – 5:30 and 6:30 – 8:30) in Manassas, VA, you can RSVP on my Meet Your Self! website now.  However, Michelle also can teach this class again “on her own.”

Zentangle ArtOne of Michelle’s teachers was a Connecticut woman, who had worked with the teachers, students, and parents recovering from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Hearing how her teaching was helping that community work through their grief inspired Michelle to want to work with people who were going through their own traumatic life experiences like PTSD, stroke, and cancer. Michelle learned a lot from books, as well as YouTube videos along, with lots and lots of practice. However, she finally was able to get into one of the rarely offered certification classes.

Zentangle Art“Becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) has been a goal of mine since I first heard about it 2 years ago. There are only a couple of certification classes each year They are held in Providence, Rhode Island, and are taught by Rick and Maria Thomas, who are the founders of the Zentangle Method. These classes  fill up quickly with students from all over the world. Last year, I was put on the wait list. This year, I received notice that I had been accepted, which was great news!  I look forward to sharing my love for this art form in basic beginner, shading/3D effects, using color, and other advanced type classes.’

Whether you’re looking for a chance to “get your zen on”, express yourself creatively, or work on fine motor skills, Zentangle is a great way to spend an evening!

Contact Michelle Keeley

Zentangle by Michelle KeeleyAgain, if you want to learn Zentangle and can attend one of our two classes on April 19th (3:30 – 5:30 and 6:30 – 8:30) in Manassas, VA, you can RSVP on my Meet Your Self! website now.

To contact Michelle for more information or for other classes, go to her Facebook page or email her at:  Of course, you also can reach her through me, if you prefer.

Thank You For Sharing LIFE With Me!