Kind and loving and creative

You can’t control what other people think about your art. Think about the part of yourself that you can control, which is your ability to be kind and loving and creative. ~ Ann Patchett, Yoga Journal I love this quote. I read it before releasing the Love Essays and I’ve held fast to it ever since. (Though let me just say your response has been so generous, I haven’t felt stressed so much as insanely grateful… and completely, sweetly undone.) Then, over the weekend, in my mailbox, I got the kind, loving and creative package pictured above, and I knew I was holding in my hand the perfect image for what I already felt was a perfect quote.… Read more

Not just any hearts

We were writing to confront what Faulkner called “the human heart in conflict with itself.” And not just any hearts. Our hearts. ~ Steve Almond ~~~~~ I’ve been walking around in a daze since releasing The Love Essays, humbled by the heartfelt, thoughtful responses and, honestly, a bit adrift now that the work is done. I miss them, the essays; I miss the work of them… and not for the reasons I thought I would.… Read more

The Creativity Interviews: Singer-songwriter, Juliana Finch

As part of my ongoing quest to explore what it means to live a creative life, I periodically corner unsuspecting (but very kickass) creatives (writers, musicians, artists, photographers) and browbeat beg invite them to answer five questions about creativity. The questions are always  the same (except for the last one, where my list of building materials varies). The answers, of course, are different every time (and fun and funny and insightful and honest).… Read more

Embrace the messy

… Because love is rarely neat and if it were, if it fit nicely within a single set of rules, if it were easy and predictable and it never scared the hell out of us or embarrassed us or cracked us open or filled us up… if it were always clear and never mysterious, always manageable and never out of control… if it were unfailingly beautiful and appropriate and acceptable according to some agreed upon standard by which we might measure the beauty and appropriateness and acceptability of a thing as big and wild as love… then we wouldn’t pine for it like we do.… Read more

The Creativity Interviews: Writer, Annie Neugebauer

I’m starting something new here, and I’m really excited about it. It’s called The Creativity Questions and my idea is this: I will periodically hypnotize invite kickass creatives (writers, musicians, artists, photographers) to answer five questions about the decidedly tawdry mating habits of fruit bats creativity. The questions will always be the same, but the answers, of course, will be different every time (and fun and funny and insightful and honest).… Read more

The tongues

Photo by edikenkoyon on Flickr. The first boy I ever loved was named Bobby. I tried to keep it a secret, but I guess my adoration was obvious. His last name was Crudo and on the playground, I plugged my ears to taunts of “Judo Crudo,” but I was only pretending to be bothered. In first grade, I was a gangly, freckled, bookwormy redhead; I’d been called much worse.… Read more

Getting all grand and everything

I absolutely ADORE the idea of doing something in grand fashion. What would my day look like if I expected things to happen in a grand fashion? Or if I took steps to make them that way? ~ Havi Brooks, The Fluent Self ~~~~~ In the midst of some really exciting things, some of which will be unveiled here soon (in grand fashion, of course).… Read more
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