Artist on the Road

I have spent the better part of two months without my oil paints.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss them.  The aroma of fresh paint mixed with the sickly sweet smell of my homemade glazing medium is etched into my being; I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget it. This […]

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“When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.”

Ernest Hemingway, to writers. Died this day in 1961.

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Let Freedom Ring!

I know how lucky I am to have this guy legally attached to me til death do us part, but I just feel like the world should know how lucky it is to have a Mr. B in it. I’ve watched (and, granted, I am a biased third party) over the last several years as he […]

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“Once a journey is designed, equipped and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys…We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us…Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the-glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. ”

~John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley


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We’ve got an itinerary, folks! In just two weeks I’ll be hitting the road for my second MFA residency in Port Townsend. Can I take a minute to marvel at the fact that I’m already about to start my second of four semesters? What? This has flown by like no other education experience has–seems like […]

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Love Letter to Seattle

For me, Seattle is like that boyfriend/girlfriend you just can’t quit. I had a big huge crush on her when I was a baby-hipster back in the late ’90s (were we hipsters then? I don’t think so, we were…grunge babies? Gen X-ers? I don’t know. That’s another blog). I finally got the chance to live […]

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The To-Do Dilemma

My therapist said I’m a cope-aheader. As in, I anticipate all possible scenarios and my reaction ahead of time thereby avoiding surprise and disappointment. Best defense mechanism ever is TEN defense mechanisms. I started writing this email to my best friend and realized it is a perfect summation of what is happening right now. “Things […]

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