big thoughts: little steps

In June, I wrote about waking up early to ensure time for creative work, in addition to however many hours I could fit in during the day. I continued this pace until late July when I took two weeks off and very intentionally gave into summer–amusement parks, beaches, cold sweet treats, board games, movies, visitsContinue reading “big thoughts: little steps”

an hour a day: how art can fix your washing machine

I’ve started waking up early each morning to do creative work for one hour before allowing the rest of the day to make its demands on me. It sounds simple enough, but it’s been a profound experience. No matter how the rest of the day goes, I’ve spent one hour drawing or writing, which buildsContinue reading “an hour a day: how art can fix your washing machine”

CSA share fair: get matched with the perfect produce (and art) for you

I am going to be showing some of my Carrot Condo work at the CSA Share Fair on Sunday, February 27th from 10am-3pm in Portland. Farmers from the PNW will show off produce, meat, dairy, eggs, and fruit they sell as part of their Community Supported Agriculture shares. You can shop around for the perfectContinue reading “CSA share fair: get matched with the perfect produce (and art) for you”

Ugly Squash. Plus: gift packs wrapped & shipped for you.

I grew an ugly squash—small, odd shaped, with rough warty-looking scabs. I picked it anyway, a kabocha, a pumpkin-like squash that’s dark green on the outside and deep orange inside. The skin was so tough I wondered if I’d need a hatchet to slice it in half. I managed to cleave it in two pieces,Continue reading “Ugly Squash. Plus: gift packs wrapped & shipped for you.”

appreciate the weird: be the kohlrabi

The kohlrabi is a weird vegetable. It looks weird, it grows in a weird way, and it’s a weird plant to cook. Google “what is kohlrabi” and just about everyone describes it as “alien.” There it is, sticking up out of the ground, thrusting it’s long-stemmed leaves every which way, looking both disheveled and insistent,Continue reading “appreciate the weird: be the kohlrabi”

eat well & be kind: beets aren’t so bad, neither are people

I mean the message on this sticker in the most earnest sort of way: eat well and be kind. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, just slow down and give yourself and everyone else a break. It’s a harsh world out there sometimes, you know? And eat “well” does not mean the sameContinue reading “eat well & be kind: beets aren’t so bad, neither are people”

come as you are: emerging from pandemic life

It’s been more than a year of pandemic living, hunkered down here at home, and as the world starts to open up again, I find myself a tad hesitant to rejoin. I kind of figured out who I am during this smaller, quieter time. I wrote for Motherwell Magazine: What if my goal, when IContinue reading “come as you are: emerging from pandemic life”

enjoy a feeling of accomplishment: write a letter

April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. It’s fun to receive a letter, but it’s also incredibly satisfying to write a letter. Receiving a letter is fun because it’s rare these days to see something handwritten and personal in the mail. Handwriting adds meaning to the simplest of letters–it’s not uniform like a typedContinue reading “enjoy a feeling of accomplishment: write a letter”

be what you might have been: learn to longboard

A lot of people are roller skating right now. I see their extra-tall bodies lurching toward me from a few blocks away, the sudden flail of arms, the clomp-clomp-clomp of heavy skates recovering balance. Occasionally, someone glides by gracefully, totally in the zone. It takes time to learn how to maneuver through the world withContinue reading “be what you might have been: learn to longboard”