Variation on the word sleep

This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first was Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” This week it’s Margaret Atwood’s “Variation on the word sleep.” The first time I ever read this poem, it took my breath away with it’s raw, sweet longing. It felt so vulnerable and intimate to me, so straight-from-the-heart honest… plain-spoken, imaginative, and lyrical.… Read more
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Phenomenal Woman

This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first one is Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” I love the rhythm, voice, and take-no-prisoners attitude of this poem. In it, Maya Angelou owns her womanhood absolutely and unapologetically. Every time I read it, I feel the thrill of recognition and the yearning to be more and bigger and better.… Read more
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Because art

Hello! I have three announcements for you this week. First, I made coloring pages that you can download for free! #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Doodle Flower Arrangement Bird Escape Doodly Owl #1 Mandala Magic Mandala Garden   And before you think you’re too old for coloring, listen to this from Huffington Post.… Read more
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Because dogs

As it has for many, this week has been emotional for me. I’ve considered a whole range of topics for this post: grief, helplessness, a defense of social media, the healing power of nature, the many ways to measure a life. I even started writing a couple of those posts, but then one morning, my goofball dog Lexi made me laugh mid-cry, and I decided to instead write a list of excellent facts about dogs.… Read more
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Kale chips, my cell phone battery, and what will I do without Jon Stewart?

For the past few years, I’ve been trying really hard to sustain a meditation practice, but nothing I’ve tried has stuck. I don’t do well with stillness, which is what meditation is all about – accessing the stillness within. At my best, I’m able to sit quietly and listen to a guided meditation, but even with the help of a reassuring voice, I struggle.… Read more
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The funny thing about our hearts…

In the end…

I painted this for you. Happy Valentine’s Day! ~~~~~~~~ In other exciting news, I was invited by The Good Men Project to illustrate their new weekly feature, The Visual Conversation. My posts go up there every Friday at 6 pm (eastern time, so 3 pm if you’re over here on the west coast with me). This week’s GMP illustration is Valentine’s Day themed as well and it’s a reminder to all of us about what really matters on Valentine’s Day… and every day.… Read more
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The things we’d rescue from the fire, illustrated!

In my last post, I asked you guys what things you’d rescue from a fire. I got answers here, on Facebook and Instagram, and in email. Your answers were touching, and so were the stories you shared of your brushes with disaster and your losses, big and small. I took our responses and made this big doodly collage. I loved drawing it.… Read more
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The things we’d rescue from the fire

Yesterday, I read a Private Lives piece on the New York Times website, titled “What Would You Grab in a Fire?” In it, the author, Megan Stielstra, tells the story of her 3-flat apartment building catching on fire. From the moment their neighbor pounds on their door, they have just a few minutes to consider what they’re leaving with. She tells her husband she’s going to get their 6-year-old son, and he says, “Great.… Read more
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Love, doodles, and a happiness jar

Happy 2015, everyone! I have 5 Happy-New-Year updates, so I’m writing a quick post before I return to my regular schedule on January 16th. First, in case you didn’t hear the news, we donated $3,000 to Lisa Adam’s Sloan-Kettering metastatic breast cancer research fund. What we were able to accomplish in a couple of months awed and humbled me. I made the donation on December 31st, and it was the best way to end a year ever.… Read more
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I’m not ready and it’s okay

So, it’s already December 12th. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and I haven’t decorated the tree or the house, or wrapped any presents. I haven’t figured out what we’re having for Christmas eve, or Christmas brunch with my parents, or Christmas dinner. It’s unusual for me to be this far into December without having made any tangible progress toward a merry Christmas.… Read more
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A big, scary, painful, precious mess

I’m writing this post on Thanksgiving and feeling grateful for so many things – family, friends, dogs in general and Lexi in particular (despite how she smells because I’m pretty sure she rolled in something dead and it seems that one bath isn’t going to quite take care of it), the portobello mushrooms Chad will be stuffing for our vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner, the opposing thumbs that make so many things possible… But yesterday was hard.… Read more
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