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what makes me happy today

I've spent the last year painting, painting, painting. In the process, I neglected my blog- as previously, and somewhat guiltily, acknowledged- and other than my daily journaling practice, I haven't written anything in the last year. Which is sad because I love language. I love words- the sound of words, the shapes of words on paper, and the way they can express meaning so differently depending on how they are used. When I was a teenager, I wrote bad poetry and it gave me such a thrill just to see my own words on the page. The...

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I am…

[caption id="attachment_929" align="alignnone" width="926"] having a poetry morning. I am not someone who has favorite poets so much as favorite poems and within these poems, favorite lines. Lines that make my skin prickle, my breath catch, my heart beat faster. Afterward, I have to take time to settle myself again.Today, it is Theodore Roethke's What Can I Tell My Bones?[/caption] My spirit rises with the rising wind; I'm thick with leaves and tender as a dove, I take the liberties a short life permits-- I seek my own meekness; I recover my tenderness by long looking. By midnight I love everything...

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breathe

[caption id="attachment_882" align="alignnone" width="926"] This morning, inspiration rushed through me with such speed, my pen couldn't keep up with my thoughts. As much as I love these moments, so wild and unpredictable, I also have to remind myself to breathe and to trust that whatever ideas I don't manage to catch will come back again, or make their way to someone else.[/caption]...

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I’m back, just in time for August Break 2016

It has been almost a year since I've posted here. I unintentionally took an extended break from blogging- first it was a short break, then it lasted long enough I wasn't sure if I would return. And then, sometime in the springtime, I decided I would, and now it is August. And here I am. Over the last several months, I have been devoting so much time and energy to art-making that writing, photography, and blogging were relegated to the back burner. But now, with my new website nearly up-and-running, I am ready to jump back...

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