First Mile Hi Church Art and Authors Festival

The 1st Mile Hi Church Art and Authors Festival

Saturday, June 25, 2016
9 am to 4 pm
9075 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226


Gail Tracy will be featuring her 1st book, Work As Hard As You Have To, Play As Hard As You Can.  This book is completely self-published by Gail through her company, Everlasting Cool Publishing.  She did the proofreading, copy editing, book formatting, artwork, and cover graphics. tulip

dragonfly on flowerShe will also be selling her mixed media paintings in sizes ranging from—- 8″ x 10″, 16″ x 20″, up to 32″ x 40″.  There will be over 33 canvases for sale at reasonable prices!

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For more information, please go to the Mile Hi Church event page.

Happy Birthday Marilyn

Monroe, MarilynMarilyn Monroe, June 1, 1926 to August 5, 1962

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson) came into this world 89 years ago today. Today I want to celebrate her creative life.  When I look at her images, I see a spirit that never dies. Marilyn had an intellectual depth that few people ever understood. Her face is recognized all over the world, and women still try to imitate her to this day. Her classic style has become timeless, never marred by old age.

Today I want to think about the happy times that Marilyn had instead of the difficult ones. Looking at her old photos, I can still see those precious moments of joy shining through her eyes. Was she dreaming of a happy future, or the lead role in a serious movie?  Marilyn will forever keep us guessing.

New Article on Gifted Education

Gifted Education Resource Guide

by Mary Ellen Sweeney, Ph.D. and Tamara Bilewski, M.Ed.
Denver, CO: Elevated Educational Resources LLC, 2014

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Book Publishing Services

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Everlasting Cool Publishing has assisted Mary Ellen Sweeney with the formatting and publishing of her book, Gifted and Talented Resource Guide, and with the cover design. The book will be available for sale on Amazon within a few days. This book was published through CreateSpace.

50th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s Death

August 5, 2012, marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the legendary film star, Marilyn Monroe.  Despite half of a century having passed, her iconic beauty has stood the test of time.  Over 700 books have been written about her, and she has inspired countless actresses, actors, artists, writers, and musicians.

Marilyn died at the age of 36, thus preventing the world from seeing her grow old.  Her image is frozen in time as a youthful vibrant sex symbol.  She is forever young and beautiful, never to grow old.

Original artwork by Kevan Tollefson

Marilyn’s influence on fashion and pop culture is evident even today.  Many actresses and singers have made themselves to look just like her, and many young women have become ardent fans.  Her blonde hair, red lipstick, hourglass figure, and tight-fitting dresses have long been considered a standard of classic American beauty.

Separating the real woman from the icon is a nearly impossible task.  The sexy bombshell image was a construction created by movie producers and publicists.  Although she wanted to be acknowledged as a talented actress, she never disagreed with how they wanted to portray her. The dumb blonde they made her into was far from who she really was; she was a woman with an IQ of 168.

The real woman, Norma Jean, was far from sophisticated.  Her difficult childhood made her very troubled as an adult.  She had many emotional obstacles to overcome, and sought the love of many men.  The stress of her career drove her to an addiction to prescription drugs.  Nevertheless, she had a strong desire to be a great movie star.

Original artwork by Kevan Tollefson

Marilyn Monroe was both Norma Jean, and an actress who portrayed a dumb blonde.  There are many who never took the time to understand who the real woman was, beneath the blonde hair, red lipstick, and tight-fitting dress.  After half a century, much about Marilyn Monroe still remains a mystery.