© 2016, Lisa Weldon, Inc. Atlanta Creative Strategist

Stories from the Green Cabin

 “An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. May you be open to each thread that comes into your life . . . and may you weave them into a brilliant and beautiful life.” Last fall, […]

Learning , NYC , Uncategorized - June 23, 2013

My Celebrity Crush

{ One day per month each member in my Facebook group, #GenFab, posts an article on a common title. We then bundle our pieces together, share links and drive traffic for each other. February’s topic is “Celebrity Crush”. Here is my contribution. } My Celebrity Crush. Not sure if it’s the long-sleeve black turtleneck or the Levi’s […]

Uncategorized - February 11, 2013

Gun control would not have prevented the senseless loss at Sandy Hook Elementary.

A simple match and gas can could have been just as deadly. If we truly want to stop these incomprehensible acts, our nation must focus our energies on mental health. We must go to the root of the problem, not put a politically-charged band-aid on the hardware used. Twenty children, all innocent little first-graders – […]

Uncategorized - December 16, 2012

12.12.12@12:12:12

Where’s my head on this most momentous time in history? The Mayans say today is the end of times as we know it, and the beginning of a new cycle of evolution for our planet. Well, that good. Las Vegas claims it’s a lucky time to get married. Well, forget that. A retired professor of […]

Atlanta , Uncategorized - December 12, 2012

Best Rum Cake Ever

Feeling altruistic ’bout this time of year, I always like to share my favorite Rum Cake recipe with my family and friends. There’s nothing better to help glaze you through the stresses of the { hic } holidays. INGREDIENTS: 1-2 quarts rum brown sugar 1 cup butter lemon juice 1 tsp sugar nuts 2 large […]

Uncategorized - November 19, 2012

Women and Their 28 Days

I was 25 years old when I moved into a third-story apartment overlooking Peachtree Street in Atlanta. As many of you know, this is the main thoroughfare through the entire city. A very busy street. Exhausted after a day of moving I crawled into bed sometime around 2:00am. A few hours later, I got out […]

aging , Paris , Uncategorized - September 12, 2012

How To Remove a Leech in Paris

[blogcount num=21] Baby, I – AM – READY! Last night I had dinner with three of my best girlfriends, Athalie, Janis and Jane. We started out as babies in the advertising business in the late 70s, and yes, we lived life exactly as described in the TV show, Mad Men. How we survived, I’m not […]

Paris , Uncategorized - August 8, 2012

I’m Hotter ‘n Tick!

[blogcount num=45] I’m hotter ‘n tick right now. One of my new Facebook friends, Jennifer, sent me a private message. She angrily claimed my trips were only for the wealthy and I should be ashamed of myself for pushing dreams that were unattainable for most people. Well, honey bunch, that is about as far from […]

Learning , NYC , Paris , Uncategorized - July 15, 2012

Meeting Graffiti thru the Lens of Martha Cooper

[blogcount num=49]   Bingo! I found an entire site devoted to graffiti in Paris: parisgraffiti.com Although it loads slowly, it’s so worth looking at this artwork. Okay, peeps, I can hear many of your eyes rolling. You see graffiti as the defacing of public property. What you might not know is that many pieces are […]

graffiti , NYC , Paris , Uncategorized - July 11, 2012

A Taste of New Orleans

I woke up hungry for the Shrimp & Grits from Ste. Marie’s. Yep, for breakfast. My mind immediately went to the meal I’d enjoyed just a few weeks ago at Ste. Marie’s in New Orleans. The menu described this dish’s ingredients as: “tasso, stone ground grits, Abita Amber reduction.” An avid cook myself, and one […]

New Orleans , restaurants , Uncategorized - April 4, 2012

Dear New Orleans

Our last evening in New Orleans was one I’ll never forget. Not only did we dine in the home of Grammy Award winning trumpeter, Irvin Mayfield, but we also had the opportunity to participate in Robert Fogarty’s famous project, ‘Dear World.’ Robert X. Fogarty started ‘Dear New Orleans’ as a rallying cry after Katrina. These […]

Uncategorized - March 28, 2012

New Orleans: where creative talent is nurtured

I keep thinking back on last week in New Orleans. So many things I want to share with you. One of the most impressive places I’ve ever stepped foot in is NOCCA, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Overlooking the great Mississippi River, this state-of-the-art facility has been in existence since 1973. It’s an […]

Uncategorized - March 27, 2012

NOLA Itinerary #3

: : : : : : : : : :  DAY THREE Another one of those 8am mornings. Coffee better be strong, especially after a night on Oak Street. We’ll visit other industry-related sites in the morning then move to the NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, for a panel discussion. Folks, […]

New Orleans , restaurants , Uncategorized - March 6, 2012

NYC’s Top Restaurants*

* according to Forbes Magazine (with my own commentary) . . . since they didn’t include my very favorite, Cafe Habana, I’m putting this disclaimer first thing. Since my time in NY, I’ve had lots of friends ask for recommendations for good places to eat. Folks, I traveled to NY on a teeny little budget, […]

NYC , restaurants , Uncategorized - March 2, 2012

Thank you, Whitney, for your wisdom

“Greatest Love Of All” I believe the children are our future Teach them well and let them lead the way Show them all the beauty they possess inside Give them a sense of pride to make it easier Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be Everybody searching for a hero People […]

Uncategorized - February 12, 2012

2012: Paris

About this time last year I remember flipping through the course catalog from The New School at Parson’s. Christmas was over. The kids were out with their friends. The house was quiet. I poured myself a glass of wine and, for a moment, I just let my mind wander. I had received the Parsons catalog […]

neighborhoods , Paris , Uncategorized - December 30, 2011

Chelsea Market

One of my favorite spots for ‘meandering’ in New York is Chelsea Market, located at 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets). It’s described by Wikipedia as “an enclosed urban food court, shopping mall, office building and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood.” It houses such companies as The Oxygen Network, the […]

neighborhoods , NYC , restaurants , Uncategorized - November 14, 2011

An Art Museum, Sealed 4 Stories Under NYC

{ a long-abandoned subway station four stories under the streets of NYC  } 103 artists worked for over a year and a half, illegally, in dark tunnels and in fear of being arrested, to showcase their contemporary art form. When finished the show’s creators unveiled “The Underbelly Project” for only one night, allowing a single […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - November 9, 2011

High on The High Line

Two men went to a community meeting. They didn’t know each other. But they had a similar idea. Listen to this video. Just sitting here, reminiscing about last week in New York. I was back for a BlogHer Writers conference. Although my few days there were scheduled tight, I stole a bit of time to […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - November 8, 2011

The incident @ the bank

Yep. There are a few good things about being old. I went to the bank this morning to deposit checks for my kids’ allowances. I was wearing a brand new, fresh-outta-the-box turtleneck from LL Bean. It’s a pretty turquoise top my sister sent me for my birthday last week. “Welcome to Wells Fargo!“ the fresh-faced, […]

aging , Uncategorized - November 4, 2011

Not-The-Met Museums

Unless you search hard you’ll miss some of the best, most interesting, museums in New York:   El Museo Del Barrio @ 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street (upper East side) – After walking the Barrio in East Harlem and marveling over the Latin graffiti, I was particularly struck by the art in this museum. […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - October 25, 2011

Should I move to NY?

Because of my obvious love of the city, I often get asked, “why don’t you move to New York?” Honey, I spent many a night this summer, lying in bed wondering what my destiny was. Should I just sell everything, pack up my clothes and move to a place that feeds my spirit, a city […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - October 24, 2011

God, I love this place

I love this place called New York. Nowhere else in the world affects me like this city. Literally  minutes after deboarding the plane my entire body is infused with energy. A bit trite, but I get a kick in my step, a smile on my face, and a sense of youthfulness that I find nowhere […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - October 22, 2011

Oh, the Laundromat

It’s funny how little insignificant scenarios in life can open a whole new world for you. There’s no washer and dryer in my new house – we left ours in the house when we sold it. I’ve not had time to shop for replacements, so I was forced to find a laundromat to take care […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - October 13, 2011

30 days

This whole crazy journey began back in January when a group of us gals met for our Enneagram class. This particular day-long class, “Setting your Intentions,” taught us how to peel back all the many layers we pile on ourselves . . . in hopes that one day we could peer inside ourselves to identify […]

Uncategorized - September 14, 2011

Monday, a new day

Nothing better than waking up on a Monday to this: Sung by Cat Stevens, lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon Listen to it as you read the words > Morning has broken, like the first morning Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird Praise for the singing, praise for the morning Praise for the springing fresh from […]

Uncategorized - August 22, 2011

Garden Hills or Old Fourth Ward?

“Saw you had a contract on the house. Where are you going?“ If another person asks me this question, I’m going to flatten them. I have no idea where I’m going. I don’t want to talk about going anywhere. And I certainly don’t want to face the fact that I have to be out of […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - August 19, 2011

Next.

It might have been the most arduous week of my life. Let’s see, I woke up Monday at 5:00am to give myself enough time to research and make notes for a very important conference call at 11:00. Once finished with my call, I moved directly into mad housecleaning mode. You see, the home inspector and […]

Uncategorized - August 14, 2011

Outside My Comfort Zone

A friend shared this quote with me: “It is paradoxical but true that something that takes you out of yourself also restores you to yourself with a greater freedom.” – This quote comes from Frances May in her book titled, Every Day in Tuscany. I SO stepped out of my comfort zone by doing my […]

Uncategorized - August 1, 2011

Who Will I Be Next?

These hard economic times are affecting my age group more than any other age group out there. I have an architect friend who, in his 60s, will probably never have the chance to be an architect again. I have another friend who has worked for a large media company all her life. At her age […]

Uncategorized - July 31, 2011

One week later.

I’ve been home one week tonight. I’m struggling to remember New York and my life there. It feels like I’ve awakened from a dream that never really happened. One week ago I remember getting off the plane brimming with excitement, with confidence. I was refreshed, ready to conquer the world. My dancing shoes were souled, […]

Uncategorized - July 31, 2011

My last full day in NYC

I woke up at 6:00 this morning. Unfortunately, I had used the last of the coffee grounds two days ago and was not able to have my customary morning cup of coffee. You see, I wasn’t about to pay $10 for another pound, especially if I was only going to be here another two days. […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 24, 2011

Social Media Sassy

Now that I’ve spent a month learning how to blog, tweet and optimize my search, I am officially hot to trot. I’ve learned how to add keywords, and the right ones at that. How to tag my meta, and raise my Klout. I now speak all these languages: fbml, html seo, cms, as well as […]

social media tricks , Uncategorized - July 24, 2011

KoreaTown

Left my class last night about 5:30 and headed across town on 32nd Street. About the time I hit 5th Avenue, the whole landscape began to change. I’ll let pictures speak for themselves: Oscar Meyer a la Korea: Korean BBQ? Not sure that sets well with this Southerner: KoreaTown’s version of popsicles. Green tea, mango, […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 23, 2011

Hell’s Kitchen

I walked through this neighborhood a few days ago. I’d heard it was and up-and-coming area but couldn’t really see much to photograph and write about. But its name, Hell’s Kitchen, intrigued me. You’ve gotta love anyone who lives in this area – they’ve got to have a certain edginess about them. Can you imagine […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - July 23, 2011

East Harlem & Spanish Harlem

Today was the first time I felt unsafe in any neighborhood in Manhattan. I came out of the subway station at 125th street in East Harlem and immediately felt intimidated by the hoards of young men hovering around the subway entrance. Across the street a group was forming around two young men who were screaming […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 21, 2011

Only In New York

Where else but New York to introduce your latest line of Converse shoes: Where else but in New York would your milk be delivered with such pomp and circumstance? Where else but in New York do folks jump out a 3-story windows with such flair? Only in New York would you pay $3 for a […]

Uncategorized - July 19, 2011

Wall Street or Canal Street?

I learned in my class last night that I needed to start naming my blog posts with “keywords.” As you probably know keywords are terms you might Google to find specific information. Since I doubt anyone would type in “Day Seventeen,” I’ll be forced to pay more attention to the titles. I hopped on the […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 15, 2011

DAY SEVENTEEN

You would. I just grinned from ear to ear when I saw this spray-painted on the bottom of a lamp post. I can only imagine what motivation was behind this, can’t you? I worked all day, again, inside. It was okay because it was terribly hot outside plus I needed to continue financing this magical […]

Uncategorized - July 13, 2011

an aside

One of my dear friends, John M, gave me a copy of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book, Gift from the Sea back in 1996. He inscribed it with these words, “To Lisa: This is a book I believe all women should read. Merry Christmas!” He was so right, all women ~ and men ~ should read […]

Uncategorized - July 12, 2011

DAY SIXTEEN

What’s that saying?  “A friend is someone who will bail you out of jail, but your best friend is the one sitting next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun!’ “ Well, that’s the type friend I have in Annie G. I was walking down Broadway in broad daylight, minding my own business, when she […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 11, 2011

DAY FIFTEEN

Dating has gone to the dogs. I witnessed the smoothest move ever today. This single guy in Greenwich Village organized a MeetUp group of Chihuahua owners this morning at Washington Square. This stud had no less than twenty women show up ~ just in the 10 minutes I was standing there. For those of you […]

Uncategorized - July 10, 2011

DAY 13+14

{ back from a bit of technical difficulties } Two long days of work for clients back home. Got up both mornings by 7 and worked a solid 10-12 hours each day on the computer. I miss my good ol’ Mac back home – with its big screen. My eyes are refusing to cooperate with […]

Uncategorized - July 9, 2011

DAY TWELVE

My back hurts, my legs, my shoulders, my whole being aches. I probably should have stayed in today, but I’m not made that way. Unfortunately, GOT-TO-ACCOMPLISH is my mantra. My first thought this morning was how good this change of scenery has been for me. Most mornings in Atlanta I go through a robot-like routine. […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 7, 2011

DAY ELEVEN

. . . and on the eleventh day, Lisa crashed.  

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 6, 2011

DAY TEN: Fourth of July

July the 4th, 2011: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York. I’m an Air Force brat so as you can imagine, I grew up in a very patriotic household. We put out the flag each morning and took it down each evening before sunset. On Veterans holidays we visited our military cemetery. I choke […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 6, 2011

DAY NINE

One thing about New Yorkers . . . they tell you like it is. “Park here and we’ll strip your car clean.” Not like us Southern belles who beat around the bush. I like that about new Yorkers. Michele and I started our day just like natives ~ bagel, toasted with bacon and horseradish cream […]

restaurants , Uncategorized - July 5, 2011

DAY EIGHT

My sister and daughter are in town today. Will take a few days off and post only quick thoughts. To start our day, Michele and I walked down the street to find farmers, bakers, and beekeepers setting up a fresh market. Peaches, cherries, raspberries, freshly baked breads and quiches, mushrooms of all types. From there […]

Uncategorized - July 3, 2011

DAY SEVEN

“Day Seven” ~ It shakes me up to write those words. My first week has flown by. I’ve worked very hard, not only walking, but also learning how to blog, how to maximize this iPhone, how to tag, add keywords, and basically learn the new language of SEO. Most days I get up by 6 […]

neighborhoods , social media tricks , Uncategorized - July 2, 2011

DAY SIX

I have a bad habit of trying to cram all I can into my days. Not just on this trip, but in my life in general. The more I can do, the more I have to mark off a list. The more lists I can make, the less time I have to delve deep into my soul. […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 1, 2011

DAY FIVE

Today was a very retrospective day. It finally hit me that this dream had actually come true. If for some reason I had to leave tomorrow, this experience will have already exceeded my expectations. I was standing on the jogging path in Central Park, looking over the lake at the skyline of the East Side. […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - June 30, 2011

DAY FOUR

I want to name today’s post “Stupid Is as Stupid Does.” Just like Forrest Gump, I started walking toward my subway station and kept walking until I hit the East River. Then I turned around and walked until I hit the other side, the Hudson River. In other words, I walked the entire width of Manhattan, twice. […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 29, 2011

DAY THREE

Today was a reality check. It was a typical Monday morning with leftover client work from home to complete, a conference call to make and some billing to send out. My equipment was not cooperating with me. The software I use every day of my life decided to crash. The backup drive I’d brought from home […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 28, 2011

My home in NY

This is a great apartment. Couldn’t have picked a more perfect place. It’s about 900 square feet, which is really big for NY. The building was built in 1880s so it has that wonderful old charm. The floor is old 8-9″ wide pine planks, two fireplaces, and is beautifully decorated in ‘just my taste.’ I […]

Uncategorized - June 27, 2011

DAY ONE

  Where do I start? I’ve got so much to tell. First time in my life I’ve ever arrived at the airport on time. Write that one down. The night before I left was quite eventful. We had a bad storm and a tree fell, covering the driveway. Then we lost power. Couldn’t wash clothes, […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 26, 2011

it’s time to let go

I’ll never forget lying there, about to be prepped for surgery. I was just minutes away from having my tubes tied. My days of having babies was about to end. My doctor tried to console me, but I kept crying uncontrollably. You see, I loved being pregnant and having babies. I loved every single minute […]

Uncategorized - June 24, 2011

The Apple Store

Walking into an Apple Store is not like walking into a WalMart. You saunter into an Apple Store . . . you know, with an attitude. You stroll in taking slow, long steps. Your head moves front to back to the beat of the iPod in your pocket. You wear all black, your hair a […]

Uncategorized - June 23, 2011

My friend, Miss Julia

Spent the afternoon with one of my dearest friends, Julia Oliver. She is 90+ (she will KILL me for divulging her age) and one of the wisest women I’ve ever met. She taught children’s Sunday School at our church for decades. Miss Julia was the type teacher who if your child missed a Sunday, she […]

Uncategorized - June 23, 2011

a friend’s letter

I want to share a note from a dear friend. I’m so humbled by the outpouring of love and support I have received. This has brought me so much joy, in so many ways. Thank you, G, for this kind note: Hi Lisa – I had a few quiet moments this afternoon with both boys […]

Uncategorized - June 18, 2011

9 more days but who’s counting

Two days ago, Parsons called and told me they had cancelled my class. I was devastated. Within minutes of posting my disappointment on Facebook, I had friends calling me on the phone and posting this one message: “You are going anyway!” Yep, my apartment was paid for, I had my airline ticket. Come hell or […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - June 16, 2011

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