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By Sheryl Borden
Creative Living 

Jewelry designs on upcoming show


Information on using silicone putty, Tai Chi and making 3-dimensional dolls for scrapbooks will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.)

Designer and crafter Ann Butler will show how to use a silicone putty to create a variety of items to decorate with or to add to handmade or ready-to-wear garments. Butler’s company is Ann Butler Designs in Villard, Minnesota.

Patricia Bates is an acupuncturist, herbalist and author, and she’s going to discuss Tai Chi and explain how it differs from yoga, even though meditation is part of both styles. Tai Chi involves a mantra or chanting as well as a repetitive prayer and is a transcendental form of meditation. She lives in Surprise, Arizona.

Dianna Effner is a designer of doll molds, and she has even figured out a way to use 3-dimensional dolls in scrapbooks. She’ll show how to press the molds as well as how to paint them. Her company is Expressions, Inc. in Jamestown, Missouri.

Information on making perfect mitered corners, jewelry making, and eliminating stress will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Pam Damour is known as the Decorating Diva, and she’s going to show easy it is to make a perfect mitered corner, making a placemat with mitered corners, and interchangeable inserts for different holidays and seasons. She’s from Champlain, New York.

Margot Potter will share a quick and easy wire wrapping project from her book Bead Chic. The end result includes crystals and pearls to create a striking flower power earring design. Her business is The Impatient Crafter in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania.

Speaker and author Kirk Wilkinson will talk about how to eliminate stress. He points out in his book, “The Happiness Factor,” that “stress kills — happiness heals.” He suggests one way to eliminate stress is to learn to under react, which is the opposite of “freaking out,” and he’ll tell us ways to accomplish this. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.


Expect the best, accept the rest, and mildly neglect.

One of the greatest secrets to being happy is found in this short but powerful sentence: “I choose to underreact.” This short sentence holds one of the greatest of all powers — the power to manage your response to any given situation. This powerful statement has brought me peace and happiness, reducing my stress level and allowing me to live a worry-free life. Can you imagine being worry free? Can you imagine living stress free? The principle of under-reacting can not only reduce stress and worry but eliminate them from your life.

Choosing to underreact will put things in perspective and create constructive and positive feelings instead of negative ones. Sure, you say, underreacting is a cop-out because sometimes things happen that require a serious response. Don’t confuse underreacting with a lack of seriousness. Think of underreacting as the antidote to overreaction. Too often an overreaction is an ego-based reaction that ultimately keeps you from finding the truth and prevents you from finding the best resolution to a problem. Overreacting is fed by the ego. Also, don’t confuse underreacting with apathy. Underreacting doesn’t mean you don’t care or are unconcerned; it means that you approach serious things with the sobriety they deserve and without the drama. Underreacting takes courage and concentration.

The amazing benefit of underreacting is that I have appropriate response to all that happens around me. There is another very important side to underreacting that needs to be considered. People who overreact are not told the truth and are sometimes purposefully not brought into a circle of confidence. We all know people who “freak out” over the littlest things. I am sure there are things that any parent would freak out about, but there are some things that I wish I had not overreacted to. “Freaking out” can show mistrust and judgment when we want to show care and concern. Having “freaked out” in the past, my children think they are doing me a favor by keeping things from me when, in actuality, the opposite is true. If you think about the people you confide in — the people you trust the most — I can bet you that these are not people that freak out. “Freaking out” is also a signal to others that you are more concerned about your own reaction and feelings than you are about the person you are listening to. When you underreact, you keep a level head. You hear the truth more often, and you demonstrate interest in what the other person has to say by keeping the attention focused on the situation instead of your own reaction and emotions.

“Creative Living" is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.


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