Trying to write a poem

0n the death of Seamus Heaney I am trying to write a poem because I am sad– and because summer is ending- and because a poet I love has died. I am trying to write a poem because– as the days grow short and the nights fall so suddenly- all my summers- of innocence and […]

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Mind your own business

“There are only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours, and God’s.” ~ Byron Katie Today, I had the urge to write about something that I was outraged about. I was annoyed  about a particular internet  art star. I wanted to be the kid in the crowd who cries out that the emperor has no clothes. But […]

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Reminding myself of the light within.

The traveler driving down a lonely country road at night, is encouraged by the distant twinkling lights of her destination. But it’s the headlights of her car that keep her from driving off the road. In life we are drawn toward the bright light of desire and distant dreams. But only the light we carry with […]

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ART AND COURAGE

If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage. —Cynthia Ozick I do believe that writing is an act of courage. Courage to keep going when life is in chaos– courage to keep going when your are tired and drained and empty, when you […]

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Knowing and accepting- Creative Process Part One

Knowing and accepting that we will be criticized- that we will be judged, rejected or even worse ignored– and choosing to continue anyway- is an essential skill that we need to acquire- that we can not do without- in life and in art. So is knowing and accepting that sometimes the road is long and […]

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Some lists.

I reblogged this post from a few years ago I think I have come a long way from this but some of them still apply.   Reasons I get stuck. 1. It is hard to keep going when the destination seems so distant and unknown. 2. It is hard to keep believing in yourself– when […]

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Cultivating the Creative Habit

“The routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more.” Twyla Tharp THE CREATIVE HABIT I agree with Twyla Tharp. I think art for some of us has to be a kind of determined, intentional creative habit that we submit to willingly. I think habit is […]

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Accepting uncertainty and living the questions in life and art.

  “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Live in the question.”    Rainer Maria Rilke I love these words. I try to call them up when I face uncertainty   I am in the middle of developing an idea that is slowly forming in my mind. I don’t know if it is […]

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Full Moon coming July 3rd. Get your wishes ready

Getting ready for making wishes on the full moon, July 3rd. I used to have tea parties with my friend Rachel once a month before she moved to Boston. She taught me the different names of the full moons, as they appear through the wheel of the year. The last one was the strawberry moon […]

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