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creative discoveries and new prints in my shop

photo of poetry collage

Ok, this may only be exciting to one person (me) but I still have to share. For the last thirteen years, I have experimented with a bazillion ways to combine handwritten or typewritten text with collage in a way that's aesthetically pleasing to me. I've tried printing text on lots of different papers- transparencies, vellum, tissue paper, rice paper, tracing paper, etc. etc.- and I've tried lots of transfer techniques with gel medium and wax and even Chartpak markers (despite the cancer-causing chemical warning- yikes.) None of these methods ever gave me a satisfying result. BUT!...

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best book(s) of 2016

picture of best books of 2016

December Reflections day 5. These are my most favorite books I've read this year- I am in love with each of them, seriously. But especially both of Mark Nepo's books. And Martha Beck's. And Poemcrazy- I love it! And last month, I'd planned to write a blog post all about discovering the book The Renaissance Soul, but I never got around to figuring out exactly what I wanted to say. Here's the story, in a nutshell. I have piles of books in my living room so high they've toppled over more than once this year. I feel a...

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scenes from last week

I spent the last five days in North Carolina, at Alena Hennessy's Soul Painting retreat. It was a transformative experience that does not lend itself to words, as I am discovering since returning home. I have never had an experience of such soulful connection with a group of women in my life and it was profoundly healing. My heart is full. So much beauty, so much love, which in the end all came together in the painting I did. [caption id="attachment_1045" align="alignnone" width="600"] a view of the Blue Ridge mountains.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1048" align="alignnone" width="600"] Day one of painting. Sinking in...

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five years ago

[caption id="attachment_891" align="alignnone" width="926"] Five years ago, in the summer of 2011, I made a wish and sent it out to the universe as a thank you note. I carried it with me every day and, though I really truly had no idea how it could come to be, by the next February it arrived, wholly-formed, in a startling and unexpected manner . I still carry this thank you note with me, as a reminder: magic is real.[/caption]...

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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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6 o’clock

[caption id="attachment_863" align="alignnone" width="926"] The only time in my life I have ever lived alone was a span of 6 months when I was 17. Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to live alone again. It seems like it would be solitude and quiet and long stretches of uninterrupted thoughts. I became a morning person through necessity, having young children who were always bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as soon as the sun rose. I kept that habit even as they transformed into night-owl adolescents. Now I wake early, make my way through the empty...

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I’m reading…

[caption id="attachment_789" align="alignnone" width="3024"] One of the strangest things about following your joy is ending up with so many books, all in the process of being read. In the past I was linear, reading one book from cover to cover before beginning a new one. Today I have books scattered through my home, all in the process of being read as the spirit moves me.[/caption]...

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