June 11, 2018

Completing a Ph.D dissertation taught me determination, a quality I've carried into my creative life. Things go wrong. They don't work they way I expected. They don't work at all. What to do about it? Before the dissertation, I would have thrown in my hand in and said,...

June 8, 2018

Yes, I went to the Flaming Lips concert in Ogden last night.

No, I'm not familiar with their music. 

Yes, I had a great time. 

There were a lot of us. The amphitheater was packed, and it was great fun to see all the people having a good time. The crowd was friendly and co...

June 7, 2018

I recently bought a copy of “Speck: A Curious Collection of Uncommon Things” by Peter Buchanan-Smith at a library book sale. I'd never heard of the book or the author.

What a treasure for those of us interested in creativity. The book is composed of collections people h...

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...

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