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What’s Inspiring Me Now 9.15.23

What’s Inspiring Me Now 9.15.23

Don and I watched a gorgeous and incredibly moving and inspiring film called Pride. It’s about a small group of gay and lesbian activists in the UK, deciding to support Welsh miners who were on strike. So beautifully acted, scripted, directed. It’s a testament to the...

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Training Like a Spiritual Warrior For Your Art

Training Like a Spiritual Warrior For Your Art

I've been thinking about how artists need to train like warriors. Or like athletes. Or like monks. I was inspired by one of Steven Pressfield’s excellent posts (https://stevenpressfield.com/2021/12/training-turning-pro/). If we want to become the best artists we can...

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Making Art Is Inconvenient

Making Art Is Inconvenient

Making art is inconvenient. We have to carve out time for it. We have to carve out space for it. We have to spend our hard-earned money on it. We have to rearrange our schedules, ask for time off from work, and beg out of gatherings with friends and family at times....

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What’s Inspiring Me Now July 2023

What’s Inspiring Me Now July 2023

PBS My husband Don and I let go of our Netflix and replaced it with PBS. What a great change that is! We are currently happily (and rather harmlessly) addicted to All Creatures Great and Small, an utterly wonderful series. It’s so refreshing to watch something...

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The Power of Creative Community

The Power of Creative Community

When I was in my senior year of college, a group of ten improvising musicians miraculously came together. We called ourselves the Relentless Compassion Orchestra. Many nights a week, we would meet to improvise and create pieces together. In an old barn on the...

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My Favorite Books of 2022

My Favorite Books of 2022

This past year was a particularly difficult one to narrow down my favorite books of the year to just ten. There were so many good books! I read 49 books this past year, plus parts of quite a few others, plus six more I read aloud with my husband. I could easily have...

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9 Excellent Reasons to Make Art

9 Excellent Reasons to Make Art

Making art is a profoundly good thing to do with your time. It makes our world a better place. Yet almost all artists struggle with doubt about whether what they are doing is worthwhile. Many of us have also been told that when we are making art, we're doing something...

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On Generosity: Sacred Key to Abundance and Joy

On Generosity: Sacred Key to Abundance and Joy

At the start of 2020, I chose generosity as my word of the year, not knowing consciously what we were in for globally that year. Or rather, the word chose me. I started this essay back then, exploring how generosity can enlarge me as an artist and human being, and I...

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Make Your Art in Ten Minutes a Day

Make Your Art in Ten Minutes a Day

In January, I decided to take on the challenge of writing every day for ten minutes for a month. My creative schedule for years has been four days a week for two or more hours at a time. I keep this schedule religiously, and it works well for me. So, why did I take on...

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