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The Millennial Stay at Home Mom: Is This an Endangered Species?

Julia Townsend May 02, 2017

The Millennial Stay at Home Mom: Is This an Endangered Species?

It is important to me that I have an identity other than “stay at home mom”. As a millennial, I often hear people talking about how they are trying to figure out their identity and what they want to do with their lives. I know there are so many negative stereotypes about people my age, in general. But this is the path I have chosen and I am learning to be more confident in myself every day.  

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Eric Joraskie April 14, 2017

From Football to Neuroscience: When Life Gives You Lemons ...

Concussion ImageOnly two years into my college career, I medically retired from the game to which I had devoted my life. At the time, the decision to stop playing was the most difficult I had ever made, but it was the correct one. After a long series of concussions resulted in persistent headaches and off-the-field complications, it was time to hang up the cleats for good. So, now what? I was a football player ...

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Penelope Przekop April 11, 2017

PDC News: Eric Joraskie Joins Przekop Design Company, LLC

Eric JoraskieIt is with great pleasure that I introduce Eric Joraskie as the newest member of the Przekop Design Company (PDC) team. Eric's knowledge and interest in the brain/body/behavior connection is a perfect fit for PDC's mission to support people and places in the development and refinement of quality management systems.

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Penelope Przekop March 21, 2017

A Quick Chat with Lisa See

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa SeeSurprise! New York Times bestselling novelist, Lisa See, popped in for a quick chat! Nearly seven years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing beloved writer Lisa See. Now, she's back to introduce us to her latest novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

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Penelope Przekop March 03, 2017

Overcoming the Brokenness of a Painful Childhood

Leaving Her Behind by Penelope Przekop

This woman is not only broken ... she is finally whole. Some people deny or ignore that they're broken. They don't realize that another, stronger, fuller version of themselves can exist. These folks feel "okay." Others believe they deserve pain because that's what someone told them once upon a vulnerable time.

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Penelope Przekop August 07, 2016

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

The Ride Along by Penelope Przekop

My latest figurative piece, They Ride Along, portrays a complex woman who is crowded by colorful, expressive faces. The faces represent parts of herself, her stories if you will. The heart of the work reflects some of my recent thoughts and emotions about life as a journey. The other day I saw a video on Facebook of Steve Harvey interviewing Bishop T. D. Jakes. In the video, Bishop Jakes talks...

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Penelope Przekop January 06, 2014

What Erich Fromm Would Think of Please Love Me

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”
Erich Fromm

Guest blogger, Lisa Bonet, whose focus is mental health, compares the psychological aspects of my book, Please Love Me, with Erich Fromm's classic, international bestseller, The Art of Loving. The Art of Loving launched a movement with its powerful insight. Per Lisa, "If you are begging for reality in...

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Penelope Przekop December 21, 2013

Please Love Me: A Review

"The best part of PLEASE LOVE ME is its honesty."

Freelance writer, Lisa Bonet, recently read my novel, PLEASE LOVE ME, and kindly sent me the following review. Lisa's professional focus is on creativity and mental health.

Lisa states at the end of this review that the book does not have a happy ending. While that may be correct in many ways, the ending portrays a more mature and empowered Peyton...

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Penelope Przekop November 14, 2013

Teen Suicide: A Raw and Honest Glimpse into the Darkness

Introducing PLEASE LOVE ME ...

Over the last few weeks I've listened to narrator Rebecca Robert's draft audio version of my first book, Truck Bodies. Listening to the word of my younger self reminded me how painfully close to my heart the book is, and how far I've come. As I listened, I had an epiphany about the value of the story, and what I needed to do to get the book in front of its natural aud...

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Penelope Przekop September 14, 2013

All is Write With the World

These books represent twenty-five years of effort, sometimes writing in short 20 minutes segments, during lunch breaks, late at night when babies were sleeping and I had to get up at six for work the next morning, etc. For these books, I have dug floppy disks out of corporate trash dumpsters (long story); re-typed nearly 100,000 words due to computer crashes; spent hours and hours on research;...

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Penelope Przekop September 14, 2013

Chick Lit vs. Wit Lit: The Road to Literary Revolution (full article)

Last week I had the opportunity to take a 12-hour road trip across Texas with my 66-year-old mother. She talked a lot about the way things used to be when she was growing up in the 1950s. She enjoyed going on about how everyone was so much more polite, well-groomed, and decent. I was surprised to hear that my grandmother required my mom and her siblings to make their beds when they stayed in...

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Penelope Przekop September 14, 2013

NOTE TO ... The New Yorker

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Penelope Przekop September 14, 2013

Philly: The City of Brotherly Love?

The ironies in life continue to amaze me. 

Carlotta Walls LeNier, one of The Little Rock Nine and author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock High School, recently agreed to an interview on my blog, Aberration Nation. As one of the first African-American students to grace the halls of an all white high school in the Deep South, Mrs. LaNier was spit on, yelled at, pushed, and...

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Penelope Przekop August 28, 2013

Colorful Approaches to Recovering Addiction

The Queen of Nothing is Still the Queen of Something
“But I'm not a saint yet. I'm an alcoholic. I'm a drug addict. I'm homosexual. I'm a genius.” 
Truman Capote, Music for Chameleons

Art provides a powerful avenue of expression and understanding for those who suffer from addiction, whether it's as creator or voyeur. Today, I'm happy to welcome guest contributor, Lisa Hutchinson, to share...

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Penelope Przekop July 13, 2013

Facebook and the Meaning of Art

The Explosion
Many people wonder what purpose fine art serves, even those who spend exorbitant amounts of time creating it. Sometimes it seems like one of those questions for which there is no simple, good answer. much like that burning mystery, 'What is the meaning of life?"

And this drives us nuts.

Well, I think I figured it out this morning. Imagine that, all it took was scrolling through...

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Penelope Przekop March 26, 2013

The Warrior

The Warrior (she cries and hides but never disappears)
36" x 34" Acrylic, Ink & Pastel on Canvas

“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream.” 
― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar

Well, another week, another challenge. On and on it goes. I've been reading Sylvia Plath's diaries and suddenly feel that she's my soul mate. Hopefully, I won't end up with my...

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Penelope Przekop February 24, 2013

Some Thoughts on Figurative Work

Who Am I in This Crowd?
detail of larger work
I've been thinking a lot about the value of figurative work in terms of its ability to be progressive rather than retrograde in nature (as Currinsaid in a 2009 interview). I also heard recently from an art dealer that figurative work is harder to sell because people don't necessarily want to hang a painting of someone they don't know in their home. I get...

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Penelope Przekop February 11, 2013

Welcome to Wonderland

A couple of years ago, out of the blue, I received a note from Mojo Perry, a singer/songwriter who was crazy about my art. He'd stumbled across it on Facebook.

Mojo is a fantastic musical talent who has a large following in both the US and Europe. He views his music as art, and never gives up on his quest to create the best, most honest work he possibly can.

To learn more about his thoughts on...

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Penelope Przekop December 18, 2012

Five Years in Review (2008-2013): Penelope Przekop

"Painting completed my life."  Frida Kahlo

2012 has been a challenging year in terms of keeping up with my Aberration Nation interviews; I've been hyper-focused on my art work, which continues to evolve.  I'm considering changes to the Aberration Nation focus; details will be forthcoming.

Today the focus is ART!

I began painting in January of 2008; next month will mark my fifth year. At this point in...

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Penelope Przekop June 05, 2012

A Beautiful Girl: Aimiende Negbenebor

"The conflict that goes on in ones mind when you mix cultures, belief systems, race, class, etc., is quite scary." 

I don't yet know the full story of my guest, model and actor, Aimiende Negbenebor, but I can't wait to find out. It will be revealed in Asa, a short independent film currently in production by Sela Films, followed by a full length feature film.

Per Sela Films, Asa (which means "a...

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Penelope Przekop May 17, 2012

Hans Meertens: Starduster

"... interesting, polysemic pieces of art can only be created when I dive deep into my own cognitions; what makes me tick, what is it about certain visual influences that some have more impact on me than others, what is their connection, where is the mystery or poetry in a certain subject, how can I dig that up?"

Last week I went to a presentation at Rago Arts and Auction Centerin Lamberville, NJ....

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Penelope Przekop May 01, 2012

Irving and Teledildonics: Michael Olson

"Humanity has this indomitable urge to surround ourselves in elaborate fantasy worlds." 

On the day I finished reading a review copy of John Irving's new novel, In One Person (launching on May 8th), I received guest blog content from author, Michael Olson. Olson's debut novel, Strange Flesh, is about sex and gamesPublishers Weekly describes Strange Flesh as a "head-spinning thriller" that "takes...

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Penelope Przekop April 14, 2012

Cancer Baby Momma: An Aberration Story

It has absolutely strengthened my family. Our love for each other is right out there in the open now.

I've thought a lot about cancer lately. Besides being a writer and an artist, I'm also a consultant within the pharmaceutical industry. As part of that work, I've recently visited quite a few cancer treatment centers. I've walked past folks sitting in chemo chairs in Washington. In a Florida...

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Penelope Przekop March 29, 2012

Alan Katz: Last Man Standing

"The good times are extremely good. The hard times – daunting. But I honestly can say I wouldn’t have done it any other way."  

Last week a talented artist said to me, "You don't really care about your art. You don't have to care about it because you have kids, a husband, a home, three jobs ... you paint for fun."  
Excuse me? (The nice alternative to yelling, "WTF?" which is what I wanted to do at...

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