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Finding Your Center in a Chaotic World

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, March 23, 2017
Finding Your Center in a Chaotic World

When it feels like the world is going off the deep end, how do you find your center? I was a cable news junkie until the election, following all the ups and downs each and every day like a loyal dog. When the worst happened, I was so distraught, I turned off MSNBC and CNN, and I had some extra time on my hands. I decided to focus on artistic endeavors, writing and making things, rather than witnessing the rehashing of each upsetting detail that proves that our current presidential imposter needs to have his head examined. According to psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins he is a “malignant Narcissist.” These kinds of Narcissists are:  

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Writing from the Soul: 5-Week Classes with Andrea Cagan

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Writing from the Soul: 5-Week Classes with Andrea Cagan

Do you want to write your story but you don't know how to begin?

Please join me at for a five week course in the Agape University Summer Series.

The class will help you organize your thoughts as you search your soul to find the stories within you that you feel compelled to tell. In an encouraging and spiritual atmosphere, find your unique voice, tame your inner critic, and express your authentic self on the page. 

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Creativity Equals Happiness

Andrea Cagan - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Creativity Equals Happiness

In a world where violence and insane politics seem to reign, I have found that for me, my only true happiness exists with artistic creativity. There seem to be obstacles to wellness, emotional and physical, at every turn. Was it always like this? It's hard to say, but the only way I can feel decent and leave anxiety behind is by involving myself in something creative, which allows me to lose time. 

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Election or Three Ring Circus?

Andrea Cagan - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Election or Three Ring Circus?

I’m not in the habit of writing political blogs but how can anyone overlook what’s going on during this election cycle of 2016? From hideously coifed reality stars to religious fanatics, from failed CEOs to dynasty members, from climate change deniers to the emergence of a new term called “democratic socialist, from racist hypocrites to immigrant haters, have we ever seen anything like it? It sounds more like a three ring circus than a slate of would-be presidents.  

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Right to Die

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Right to Die

In the late ‘80s, into the ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, I volunteered at Chris Brownlie AIDS hospice. AZT was just emerging and there were no cocktails available to keep the Beast at bay. Back then, AIDS and HIV diagnoses were tantamount to a death sentence. I watched so many people leave their bodies in a painful, agonizing way at a time when assisted suicide wasn’t legal even in Oregon. That happened in 1997, and while I witnessed courageous people dying hard, I understood why they called it the Death with Dignity Act.  

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A Friend Indeed

Andrea Cagan - Friday, October 02, 2015
A Friend Indeed

The idea of a “friend” is loosely tossed around these days. When someone says, “Let’s just be friends,” that means a lot more than, “Let’s not be lovers any more.” To me, it means that they want to share something with me that is sacred, safe and respectful. But something seems to have been lost in translation. 

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The Learning Curve

Andrea Cagan - Friday, July 24, 2015
The Learning Curve

The past few months have been filled with so many new twists and turns, it leaves me breathless as I think back. I took on the task of self-publishing my memoir partially to avoid certain miseries like rejection, (I had no interest in facing the kinds of cruel comments and rejections typical of agents and publishers), endless waiting and criticism about what did or did not belong in my book. I figured that this was my memoir and I was the only one qualified to make those choices. Granted, publishers have tough decisions to make, but I often wonder if they put any thought into the fact that there is a human being on the other end of the manuscript they are evaluating and criticizing, choosing and/or tossing aside. 

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Losing and Gaining Heart

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, July 16, 2015
Losing and Gaining Heart

I woke up this morning and I felt paralyzed. Why? I wondered. I finished my memoir, I self-published it and now I’m marketing it: submitting it for reviews, sending emails, posting on social media. All the things one is supposed to do to market a book these days. But I am surprised to find that I don't like it very much. Wearing a publisher’s hat doesn’t really suit me. But I have to do it anyway. 

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Clash of the Techies

Andrea Cagan - Saturday, July 04, 2015
Clash of the Techies

I employ a couple of really smart guys, both younger than me, who help me maneuver the ever changing Internet, regarding email servers, web site hosts, domain names, operating systems, and other things too technical and confusing for my baby boomer brain. I count on these guys to explain trends that measure “hipness vs. dinosaur thinking,” and to translate techno terms into English. When it comes to techie language and making decisions about things I only half understand, at least I have my guys. 

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Self-publishing

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Self-publishing

When I began writing for a living several decades ago, publishing your own book was considered a last resort. Something you did after exhausting all other dignified possibilities. There were a spattering of companies to choose from that all carried the pejorative term “Vanity Press.” As if publishing your own book was self-serving, a disrespectful act of vanity. Clearly, this was before “selfies” became a household word. 

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