May 25, 2018

I went to get a latte while we were waiting at the airport, and on the way to Starbucks, I came upon  an impromptu band with a semi-circle of passengers watching and clapping.

The band looked like airport employees;  I have no idea why they were playing. It was such inf...

May 25, 2018

Beginning writers fall in love their first drafts. They’re amazed and impressed by what they’ve produced: it’s perfect just the way it is because they created it.

More experienced writers know that the purpose of a first draft is to have something to cut up, play around...

May 20, 2018

We spent the last week in S.E. Utah, a great expanse of pinyon and juniper, slick rock and canyons.  Hiking is hard work in places like the Needles section of Canyonlands, Natural Bridges National Monument and Grand Gulch which means that fewer people visit than, say,...

May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018

When I went out to the little free library this morning to tidy up the books and refill the bowl of dog biscuits, I found some wonderful hand-made book marks. I particularly liked these two:

Thank you to the person who left these little blessings in the libr...

May 11, 2018

I was in the Park City Whole Foods bathroom today when ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” piped through the audio system.  As I washed my hands, I found myself moving from foot to foot in time to drummer Frank Beard’s driving rhythm.

Gold watch, diamond ring,

I ain’t miss...

May 9, 2018

For my birthday, Alan gave me a gift certificate to Maiwa, a Vancouver, Canada company that specializes in organic cloth, natural dyes and clothes made from hand woven fabrics. It’s a wonderful store we discovered on a trip to Vancouver last summer.

I very rarely use ot...

May 6, 2018

I'm reading Barbara Brown Taylor's book, "An Altar in the World." She was a priest until the church wore her out, and now she teaches comparative religion at a Georgia university. She asks some interesting questions about church as a building:

"Do we build God a house s...

May 6, 2018

Artist Beverly Pepper said, "I go to my studio every day. Some days the work comes easily. Other days nothing happens. Yet on the good days the inspiration is only an accumulation of all the other, the nonproductive ones." Sigh. I'm just not that focused.

All week, I've...

May 4, 2018

Yesterday, I went to the annual "Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace" show in Sandy, Utah. This is a huge event, mostly focused on machine quilting, with both quilt displays and vendors. I had three quilts in an exhibition of work by the Utah Surface Design Group, the...

May 2, 2018

This looks like a perfectly good bowl, but I know it's a dud. Why? Two reasons. The first is that it should be a deep red color but the glaze is too thin. I should have dipped it twice. The second reason:

Yep, it has a crack in the center of the bowl. That won't do. A c...

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