30 Nov, 2018

Are You Creating Assets?

November 30th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Once in a while, one of Seth Godin's daily missives sticks in my mind, such as his idea of focusing on creating assets. That's how I understood his postĀ The Daily. [...]

21 Sep, 2018

Knitting or How Creativity Connects

September 21st, 2018|Tags: , , |

I always knit when I'm on a plane, or crochet. In fact, if I have a flight coming up, and I don't have a knitting project going, I frantically cast [...]

29 Oct, 2015

Happy Pumpkin Time!

October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Isn't this the cutest potholder ever? A knitted pumpkin? I fell in love with this pattern in the KnitPicks newsletter. Fall is my favorite season, and I love pumpkins (two [...]

9 Oct, 2015

Building Begin

October 9th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

After more than two years of planning, we have finally broken ground on a barn with living quarters on our country property in Indiana. This is one of the reasons [...]

27 Jul, 2015

Rejection vs. Failure

July 27th, 2015|Tags: |

"You do your best work after your biggest disasters."        Tim Robbins,        as quoted in The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp I'm not sure that [...]

23 Jul, 2015

The Creative Bubble – Reading Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit

July 23rd, 2015|Tags: , |

I have been in a creative bubble for the past few weeks, focusing my mental energies on a creative project, namely a restructuring of my memoir manuscript. I didn't know [...]

5 Jun, 2014

A Jewel Box for Ideas

June 5th, 2014|Tags: , |

My Morning Pages are really a jewel box for ideas. I realized, in writing this morning, that ideas function with the same abundance principle as the rest of life. If [...]

18 Feb, 2014

Word of the Year

February 18th, 2014|Tags: , |

  I'm rather late sharing my word for the year 2014. Why so late? Back in November I already knew that "joy" would be the word for the coming year, [...]

19 Dec, 2013

Cracking a Code: When You Finally Learn to Understand American Knitting and Crocheting Patterns

December 19th, 2013|Tags: , |

I did it! I taught myself how to read an American knitting pattern! It feels like I learned how to read, and it reminded me how powerfully enabling it is [...]

4 Nov, 2013


November 4th, 2013|Tags: , |

  I've been knitting a lot lately; it keeps me sane while I supervise my younger son doing homework. I literally have to clicking away to stay patient, but I [...]

3 Oct, 2013

Colors of the Woods

October 3rd, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , |

  The other day I was in a blue mood, discombobulated and irritable. I had the good fortune, however, that my husband and I drove out to the country that day. [...]

29 Jul, 2013

How I Found a Most Meaningful Book

July 29th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes it is interesting to retrace where something began, when a meaningful connection was made. My interview with Susannah Conway appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books last week, and [...]

16 Jun, 2013

A Giraffe and a Donkey

June 16th, 2013|Tags: , |

For Father's Day I want to share two of my most treasured possessions: a giraffe and a donkey that my dad made out of wire - a simple present for his [...]

14 Jun, 2013

Create: Chainmaille Bracelets

June 14th, 2013|Tags: |

The other day I picked up my son from his summer internship at Blue Buddha, one of the largest distributors of chainmaille supplies, which happens to be here in Chicago. [...]

13 May, 2013

A Little Album of Love

May 13th, 2013|Tags: , , |

with my parents at age one As part of my "Create" motto for this year, I've been reading Julia Cameron's Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creatively, and I [...]

10 Apr, 2013

The Wide Expanse of the Day

April 10th, 2013|Tags: |

View from living room window this morning It's an entirely cozy day here in Chicago - there's the patter of the rain, the swish of the traffic on wet pavement, [...]

8 Mar, 2013

The Writing on the Wall

March 8th, 2013|Tags: , |

"Mom vandalized the wall!" - that was my son's first reaction upon seeing my word of the year written on our living room wall. "Hey, there's a word on the wall!" - "Does [...]

21 Feb, 2013

Create: Knitting Glittery Scarves

February 21st, 2013|Tags: , |

Create is my word for 2013. The beauty of it is that many things fall under "creating," such as knitting. Over the last six weeks (Is the new year already [...]

8 Jan, 2012

Dr. Seuss’s Creative Process

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The Christmas Around the World exhibit also wrapped up today. Fittingly, the Great Hall with the big Christmas Tree was decorated with Grinch posters. Today was the last day of [...]

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