For All The Writers Out There!

The cover of my first children's book, "The Independent Hand"

Originally posted July 28, 2016 at Reposted with permission. Stop Looking for Something to Be Wrong! Sit DOWN, and Write! AND Look for What’s Right in Your Life. Because there is more right than wrong, isn’t there? My name is usually Nicole Cortichiato, but sometimes I use my pen name, Nia Spaghetti. I’m also…

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Tell Me A Story!

a crowd of about 100 people seated in foldable chairs and oriented toward the Scoot Inn's outdoor stage, where a blond woman in bright clothes tells a story

Hello! It is I, Nicole, project facilitator for Opening Minds, Opening Doors (OMOD) at VSA Texas. I’m here to tell you about some kick butt entertainment in Austin, and it’s entertainment that you too can participate in: STORYTELLING! Recently I investigated several storytelling venues for our OMOD speakers, and boy was I impressed at the…

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What We’ve Learned from Conference Workshops

Lynn and Celia pose with some of our wonderful donations

Hello! It’s me, Nicole, and just like I promised you, here are a few of the good, bad, and ugly lessons learned at OMOD conference workshops this year: Make a checklist and distribute the tasks as evenly as possible! Learn to delegate! This gets everyone involved, which is especially important for participants who may have…

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