Mary Bue hiking Devisadero trail during Artist in Residence

Thoughts on Devisadero

Thoughts on the trail during my artist residency …

I just crested staying over two months in Taos, New Mexico as an Artist in Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation.  A few days after I arrived here I sought out the Devisadero Loop Trail,  a section / foothill of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.  It begins around 7,000 feet above sea level and makes its way to 8,300 feet.  Needless to say,  my Minnesota lungs were winded.  I was such a PILE on the first hike.  Took me 2.5-3 hours and I was exhausted on those early days of being here.  Now I’m run/hiking it,  and just had my best time at 1:10.

“Devisadero” has a few searchable meanings – could be from the Spanish word for ‘division.’ The forest service says it means “lookout place” and that “the peak had once been used by the Taos Pueblo Indians to stand guard against the Apaches who would come down Taos Canyon to raid the Pueblo.” Or it might be from the word divisar, meaning similarly ‘to gaze at something from a distance.’

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Indie Gift Guide 2015 by Mary Bue

Fa la la la la!

May this festive,  xmas-light-strewn time of year bring you peace rather than stress,  comfort rather than agitation and love rather than seasonal affective disorder! HA!

I am here to help!  I LOVE this time of year because I get to share a sampling of some of the cool,  crafty,  artsy,  handmade,  muse-inspired THINGS that people that I know are making!  As our to-do lists fill up and our pockets empty out,  we probably have a few people on our gift lists that we just don’t know WHAT to get.  I’ve compiled a list of local & indie gifts that I love – most of which you can order online and have shipped to your house or directly to your loved ones,  saving time & hopefully stress.  These are all thoughtfully researched by yours truly.

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Creativity, Vulnerability & Risk

“There is nothing more vulnerable than creativity … and what is art if it’s not love?” – Brené Brown

In the midst of putting a new album into the world,  I am faced with some trepidation.  I’ve heard Tori Amos in an interview describe her songs as babies … on that thought,  when you send your children out to live their lives outside of you,  mothering instinct must kick in – fear for their safety,  how will they get along in the world,  who will love them?  I can only imagine … comparing songs to babies might be a long shot,   but to create something bearing soul, sweat, love, tears and fling it into the universe is quite a courageous act.

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Road trippin’: Mini-Travelogue + Touring Tips (part 2)

Sheboygan, Madison,  Chicago,  Grand Haven … ahhhh the exotic destinations of the upper midwest … These are the cities and towns that made up half of my last tour,  which I titled “The Partial Great Lakes Tour” (didn’t see Lake Erie on this one!)  In this blog we’ll continue on our way with attempt #2 at a travel blog and head to Detroit,  Calumet, Marquette and back to Duluth, Minnesota just in time for the snow …

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New blog: Update from week 1 of Madalyn Sklar's #TwitterSmarter Course

Becoming a better Twitterer: Update from week 1 of #TwitterSmarter course

Last week I enrolled in Madalyn Sklar‘s “TwitterSmarter” online course on how to become a Twitter ROCKSTAR!  She has unveiled tips and tricks that she has gathered from countless blogs + articles by marketing & industry professionals and packed it into four powerful videos complete with her friendly personality,  great how-to visuals and case studies from previous students. Check it out here:  www.madalynsklar.com/twittersmarter
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Before photo of my Twitter Profile prior to Week 1 of Madalyn Sklar's #TwitterSmarter course

Learning how to #TwitterSmarter – and act as a live action case study!

I’m a fairly new twitter devotee.  I joined in 2012 and have enjoyed sending “text messages to the world” and feeling the buzz from the “happy buttons” (as my husband – twitter handle @KyleRadAlan calls them) when someone follows or re-tweets me.  Oh – and please follow me on twitter if you are on it … Happy Buttons! Happy Buttons!  www.twitter.com/marybuemusic
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