My Copy: 9780761169253 (image from bn.com) This was just the book I needed to read at just the right time. I picked it up when I was browsing for books that would help me get over this inability to think and create that I've been talking about lately. I'd seen it before and that day … Continue reading Steal Like An Artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative, by Austin Kleon
I didn't get too much done today--too much work outside the home and I was nodding off mid-day, so I napped through quite a bit of it. Bummed me out because I had plans, but sleep needs to happen, too. What little I did do happened in my garden, and as I let myself SLOWLY … Continue reading Learning new things in the garden a little at a time… & knowing you’re gonna go WAY past your initial investment if you don’t watch it.
This feels like a dumb question to me, but it's one that's been on my mind for some time. I had dreams about how I wanted my life to turn out: a good teaching job, hubby and kids, not filthy rich but comfortable enough and not one paycheck away from losing everything or being unable … Continue reading Q #117: How do you find your dreams again, or make new ones?
Naturally, health is going to be on the list. The difficulty is this week especially, I have to focus on finances and getting things corrected before all the tax season stuff gets really going. That's what I hate the most, but today and tomorrow I'm dedicating myself to getting it all cleared up as best … Continue reading Playing with New Years Resolutions. Learning how to prioritize me.
image from crookedbrains.net I've been missing in action because being the parental figure/food god of pawed or feathered beings wasn't enough. I had to add fins to the mix this week. A. Lot. Of. Fins (and antennae). At first I was going for flippers. I love turtles, always have. And I went to the pet … Continue reading Overcoming depression & a lack of artistic inspiration with a fish tank (or two)…
I call myself a "recovering recluse" for a reason...I'm a work in progress on the social front. A VERY slow work in progress. Like pouring a bad concrete mix. Oh well. I suppose I'm wondering how to find inspiration beyond parks, pretty sunsets and cute puppies (or kitties, or sloths, or whatever else). I'm hoping … Continue reading Looking for Inspiration in an Insular World
I think I was 15 when dad bought me my first guitar. It was a typical six-string guitar, and one I wanted so badly to learn on. The difficulty was...well, the difficulty in playing, and not knowing anybody else who could give me pointers. I also didn't have much beyond the initial exercise books to … Continue reading Remembering Inspiration, or, Who Really Made Me Want to Play Guitar…
I heard a little about this, but thanks to clearing out my house and trying to get my brain back on track and life moving on, I hadn't paid much if any attention to the news in a week. So, I missed this gem from a few days ago. Lawson Craddock I heard was from … Continue reading Lawson Craddock, or, a Houston athlete who made promises & kept on going…
I think there's not much to say about this play that hasn't already been said by ardent fans of Shakespeare. I did find it surprising that Henry himself (sorry, "King Harry" in the casting) didn't have as large a part as I imagined he would have in his own play. Then again, that seems par … Continue reading “The Life of Henry the Fifth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9781593082567 (image by bookdepository.com) I admit, this is one of the more approachable religious/philosophical texts that I've tried to read. I think part of that is the intro and the translation. That said, much of it is not that hard to grasp, and some other parts are like "whaaa?" Tao Te Ching has … Continue reading Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu