Tagged with expressive arts

loving your drama queen

loving your drama queen

That’s me in the photo, with my brother Mike. I was about five-years-old, sporting my mom’s sunglasses and my grandmother’s cigarette holder. I remember the day vividly: sunny, summer, goofing around with my brothers at my grandparents’ house. But then things turned. I don’t remember why or what caused it. All I know is I … Continue reading

spring break for adults

spring break for adults

It’s official: I have spring fever. I came down with it a couple of weeks ago when this splendiferous weather arrived in Northern California. Where a few months ago I was content with my black and white winter garden, now I’m itching to get my fingers in the soil and bring color and growth back … Continue reading

give false urgency the slip: now!

give false urgency the slip: now!

I was eating a delicious chicken sandwich when I got the idea to write this. Within seconds I was up and had the computer on, barely aware of what I was doing. You know what that means, right? I immediately acted from a place of false urgency even though I am anti-false urgency. False Urgency is … Continue reading

November in the garden and Art Every Day Month

November in the garden and Art Every Day Month

November in my Northern California garden often means digging in the dirt. Autumn is the very best time for perennials, shrubs and trees to take hold in the still-warm soil. The baby plants extend their roots deep underground, settling in for the cooler weather to come. And later, when spring rolls around, there’s a huge … Continue reading

wild woman calling

wild woman calling

You may not know it yet, but you want to wail at the top of your lungs. You want to stand on the heath barely dressed and invite the storm like mad King Lear. You want to feel the battering winds tears streaming mascara running. Not giving a damn. There are waves, too, crashing below. … Continue reading

Come on in: The studio’s open

Come on in: The studio’s open

Welcome to my new online home. I’m in the midst of moving in and it might take some time to get fully settled. Still, I have this deep desire to tell you a little bit about the new place. Because I think you might be wondering a few things. Like, what does living deeply mean? … Continue reading

Whose Life Could You Improve With A Sabbatical?

Almost without fail, my quest to nest asserts itself at this time of year. The big stock pot emerges from the cupboard, ready for the simmering soups it will host. The oven gets called back to work from its months-long vacation. And out come the warm blankets and fluffy comforters. My sewing machine will probably … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: Life As Collage

IN MY DAY, I’VE MADE MY SHARE OF COLLAGES. ALL KINDS OF COLLAGES. Vision boards. Treasure maps. Collages of dreams (the waking kind). And more collages of dreams (the sleeping kind). Even a collage of carefully selected images meant to reflect my purpose in life, the pith of who I am and where I’m going. A … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: An Invitation to Dance

You can dance your life, and in dancing your life you can lead the life you want to have. -Anna Halprin WHERE IN YOUR LIFE DID YOU STOP DANCING? If you were here last week, you know I proposed that this question begs us to look in the wings for other metaphorical questions. Questions that … Continue reading