The Mystery of Inspiration

A local architect and his wife came in when I was hosting an open studio years ago. The man sat down at my sewing machine and began stitching in a chaotic way. It was funny at the time, back and forth, back and forth, with gusto. I had never seen anything like it.  Seeing the…

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Road Trip

It started with a conversation  Shelley and I were having about her Dad, and his condition of early alzheimer’s and alcohol addiction. The reality of having her dear father living 17 hour drive west of her and desire to help him was confusing. Her heart was split with the responsibility for her young teenage daughters…

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Discernment

Discernment means “the ability to judge well.” It wasn’t a word or concept I knew, used or particularly cared about, for the first 50 years of my life. Judgement, on the other hand… I’m pretty good at (ask my friends and siblings). “Judging well” is a more recent development and I’m still working on it. For…

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Changing Patterns

I don’t think I’ll ever change my habit of getting up early in the morning, but you never know. This year I changed my habit of showing my wares at little craft shows around the state. I decided to make sure the stores I sell to had plenty of inventory and let them do the selling. Taking…

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Winter Lessons

This season I learned about hosting art openings during blizzards . I had two blizzard openings in three months. I’ve learned that next year I’ll  put better snow tires on my vehicle. I’ve learned that podcasts, books on tape, library books, videos and old letters sent to my mother 40 years ago, are all good…

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