By Kathy Welton, guest blogger

We plant trees for many reasons. Besides the beauty and the myriad environmental benefits, planting a tree is good for the soul.

Trees represent the most basic form of connection. Their strong roots remind us to stay grounded. Their swaying leaves and branches remind us to bend before we break. And they provide a safe harbor for birds to either rest during migration or to build a nest for the next generation.

Trees also provide comfort. When my mother passed away nearly 25 years ago, our family planted a redwood tree in her honor. That…

In May 2015, the first Doodle Art Alley Book was published. As Publisher of aka Associates, I was looking for an artist for coloring books that made use of inspirational quotes. I came across Samantha Snyder and her Doodle Art Alley website and coloring pages and immediately new that her doodles were perfect for a new series of coloring books that I wanted to publish.

From the publication of that first book Imagination Will Take You Everywhere, there are now 30 books in the series with a total of more than 1,500 coloring pages including quotes, sayings, and proverbs as…

Defining moments in our lives are those touch point moments when something inside us shifts and we know that our world is profoundly different than it was before.”

-Melanie Bragg

The new book Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer’s Soul has just been published by the Flagship Division the American Bar Association. The book includes interviews with more than 40 amazing lawyers from all walks of life. Melanie Bragg fashioned this book as a collection of short essays, each with a “LEAD” line in one of four areas- Legacy, Excellence, Authenticity, and D etermination.

The audience for her book includes all lawyers as well as their families and friends. In addition, it is a good leadership book for anyone interested in discovering how success is achieved and the…

Inspiring Words for Celebrating Freedom

Here are a dozen inspiring thoughts for the July 4th Holiday from some of my favorite authors:

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen

“ None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.” — Pearl S. Buck

“With flowing tail and flying mane,
Wide nostrils never stretched by pain,
Mouth bloodless to bit or rein,
And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscar’d by spur or rod,
A thousand horses — the wild — the free -
Like waves that follow o’er the sea,
Came thickly thundering on.” — Lord Byron

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” — George Washington Carver

“Freedom lies in being bold.” ― Robert Frost

“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.” — Herbert Hoover

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln.

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and prosperity for all people.” — Rosa Parks

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”Eleanor Roosevelt

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“All good things are wild and free.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.”―Thucydides

Enjoy the ride! May it be wild! May it be free!

Kathleen Welton

Words of Wisdom to Celebrate Women’s History Month


Women’s History Month is celebrated in March and recognizes the contributions of women in the United States.

Here are my favorite women novelists, poets, and writers from around the world and a bit about their stories and many accomplishments.

  1. Louisa May Alcott

November 29, 1832 ~ March 6, 1888

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”

Louisa May Alcott was an American writer best known as the author of the classic novel Little Women. The book has become one of the best-loved books of all time…

How To Stay Motivated with a Coloring Quote Journal

“When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars.”

- Oscar Wilde

Look for Rainbows: Coloring Quote Journal is a 52-week coloring journal that shares more than 75 beautiful doodle designs of quotes, sayings, and seasonal images to inspire the spirit, relax the mind, and focus on fun.

Thoughts to Inspire a Happy New Year in 2018

Each year I choose one word that will provide inspiration for each and every day. This year my word is “TRUTH.”

Inspiration and guidance for my personal life. Inspiration and guidance for my business life. Inspiration and guidance for the well-being of others. So here are words of wisdom from some of my favorite writers and speakers that I will use to be mindful to seek truth each and every day of every month during the journey in the new year ahead.

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the…

Emily Dickinson December 10, 1830 — May 15, 1886

Emily Dickinson was an American poet. Although extremely prolific in her writings, she was not publicly recognized during her lifetime. After her death, her younger sister, Lavinia, discovered 40 hand-bound volumes of nearly 1,800 poems. The first volume of her work was published in 1890, but it wasn’t until 1955 that a complete collection of her poetry was prepared by Thomas H. Johnson for publication by Harvard University Press as The Poems of Emily Dickinson.

Known for using unorthodox punctuation, rhythm, and syntax throughout her poetry, Dickinson didn’t follow the traditional…

So what is success? And what does being successful mean to you?

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of success is as follows:

  1. Degree or measure of succeeding

2. Favorable or desired outcome; also: the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence

3. One that succeeds

Does having wealth mean success? Does currying favor equate to success? Does being eminent or superior guarantee success? How does one succeed?

Here is another definition of success for today’s times that can help to answer the question of what success means:








Here are some thoughts from others about…

Kathleen Welton

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