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Happy Halloween!

I’m working on a post about love and kindness and how we move on after this election. As you might have guessed, it’s a hard post to get a hold of. So, in the meantime, I drew you some spooky skulls.   Happy Halloween! xo  … Read more

The 10 best things I learned on vacation

Last month, Chad and I went on vacation. We took 10 days to drive from where we live, on the eastern tip of the San Francisco Bay area, to Anacortes, Washington, and back again. To say it was a much-needed adventure is an understatement. This past year has been surprising and wonderful, but it’s also been relentlessly frenetic and challenging. We were two human sized stress balls in need of some serious leisure time (or decidedly UN-serious leisure time, as the case may be).… Read more

Hello from Chicago!

Well, actually, I’m back from Chicago now, but here are some highlights from the trip! First, Book Expo America, the reason I was there. I’ve never attended BEA before. I was told it’s not as big as it used to be. I’ll have to take everyone’s word for that because the event seemed enormous to me, a giant warehouse-sized space filled with all the people who make books happen, from the writers to the publishers, and all the agents, editors, publicists, reviewers, sellers, librarians and readers in between.… Read more

Power struggles

In my last post, I talked about one of three powerful ideas that I took away from Deepak and Oprah’s most recent 21-day meditation experience: the value of letting yourself be awed. It’s so easy to look around at all the meanness, intolerance, and cruelty in the world and feel hopeless and sad. But the truth is this world is just as full of love, compassion, and beauty.… Read more

Everyday wonder

I  just finished Oprah and Deepak’s latest 21-day meditation series, and I came away with three really powerful ideas that I want to share. I’m going to talk about the first one today, and the others over the next two posts. The first one is a very simple, utterly lovely suggestion:

Let yourself be awed.

As children, we were constantly amazed by a world that presented us with new experiences every day, but as we grow older two things happen.… Read more

Playing with my food

I’ve been crazy busy lately, and all the art I’ve done has either been for my coloring book (coming soon!!!) or commissioned, which is completely wonderful, but I’ve missed just messing around. So, for today’s post, I went out in the garden and picked some inspiration. (I confess… First I put half the cucumber into a salad, THEN I doodled.)   This was really fun.… Read more

Taking potshots at sage advice. Sorta.

In my online world, which is vast, mostly wonderful, and frequently edifying, I am connected to a lot of people who are either in the midst of major personal evolutions, or they make a living helping other people navigate theirs. And since these two things are not mutually exclusive, I’d venture a guess that many – maybe all – of these amazing people are doing both at the same time – evolving and assisting in the evolution of others.… Read more

Because art

Hello! I have three announcements for you this week. First, I made coloring pages that you can download for free! #gallery-10 { margin: auto; } #gallery-10 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-10 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-10 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ [ddownload id="15027"]ent 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

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

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

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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