We Pray with All of Our Senses

I was driving through the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania — an unplanned five-hour trek home due to my friend’s canceled flight — feeling annoyed and disappointed. Suddenly, my busted-plan weekend shape-shifted into a sweet gift. The beauty of the terrain lifted my spirits: clear morning sunbeams lit up the ice-covered craggy mountain walls, like Read More…

Don’t Fear the Rapture

“Although everyone feels rivulets of wonder, and even awe, from time to time, not everyone is as comfortable expressing those feelings as freely as John Muir, Ralph Waldo Emerson or Walt Whitman.       I suppose what people fear is loss of objectivity. But life doesn’t require you to Read More…

Dipping into Dream World

During a World Cafe interview, Tracy Grammer relayed how her late husband, Dave Carter, explained his songwriting process. I’m paraphrasing, but Dave had said to Tracy something like: I always have one foot in the dream world. I call this state Writer’s Mind, or whatever mind applies to your art Read More…

Magic Gardens & the (Dis)Appearing Self Trick

Art enables us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton What is the one thing you, and only you, can do in an uncommon way? Make art, get lost, experience art, find yourself – all at once or here and there. Use what’s right Read More…

Of Politics, Poetry & Puzzles

  One cannot build life from refrigerators, politics, credit statements and crossword puzzles. This is impossible. Nor can one exist for any length of time without poetry, without color, without love. – Antoine De Saint-Exupery I’m back to editing the novel I’ve been working on – a political thriller – Read More…

Exploring for Inspiration: Paris

Architecture, food, gardens, museums… What fuels your creativity and inspires your art? Whether you’re a writer, painter, public speaker, chef, gardener, textile designer, songwriter, jewelry-maker… Where do you find the spark for your next creation? My trip to France in 2003 was a sensory feast that has inspired a bounty Read More…

“Beasts” Chewed My Senses, Spit Out My Soul

The movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild, kidnapped and torqued my senses. My gut swirled as the briny, slimy crab innards slid down; diamond-shard sparklers flicked at my squirming spirit. As I tried to take a clean breath of sticky air, damp mold and the tart sting of charred rot Read More…