Creative Handstands

Even though I've been doing yoga for almost 25 years, I've always been afraid of handstand. I'm not alone in this; most people are afraid of inverted poses--in much the same way they're afraid of turning their lives upside down by taking creative risks. Writing the book, getting paints and a … [Read more...]

Are You Ready?

pink cartoony selfie

I set Valentine's Day for the start of the Creativity Commitment - the promise to be more creative, even to just be open to ways of being creative. My preferred ways are to keep drawing and get back to writing; my projects are a sketchbook diary, no specific subject, and the proposal for my next … [Read more...]

The Creativity Commitment: The What, the Why, and Most Important, the How

this moment

Recently, I introduced the idea of the Creativity Commitment—taking up a long-put-off desire to write, draw, or do any other creative endeavor. And what better time to start: Valentine’s Day, right smack in the middle of the winter doldrums, but with spring’s sense of renewal not far … [Read more...]

Snow Day

snowy valentine

                        So, the Blizzard of 2015 turned out to be the Blizzzzzznnnn... Not the predicted Snowmageddon, but normal-for-winter, pretty snowfall. Still, with transit systems shut down and a … [Read more...]

Creativity Boost: Danny Gregory’s New Book, Art Before Breakfast

art before breakfast

Whether you're a writer or an artist or a potter or any sort of creative type, chances are that, from time to time, your creativity will feel a little like a slightly deflated football. (Analogy ripped from the headlines!) So, what then? A creativity boost, that's what. Creativity boosts are … [Read more...]

Creativity Cheerleader: Your Project Plan for 2015

jeff-kinney

                      Happy new year! Is this the year you've promised yourself and taken a pinky swear that you'll start writing your novel? Or start drawing that graphic novel, or painting, or any other type of … [Read more...]

The Year in Review

Norman as we met him at the Bideawee. Yes, he's wearing a Santa sweater, because he had to get a shelter shave.

On Facebook, my Friends are doing their year in review in photos. This made me think of what I've done this year, because sometimes I feel like I haven't accomplished anything. Time to make ye olde annual list! 1. I made an app. Like many writers--and people who sit all day--I was scared by the … [Read more...]

It’s time to Take A Yoga Break!

Open Your Heart dude face right

I'm sure you've heard all the bad news about the effects of sitting for 6 or more hours a day--weight gain, increased risk of diabetes and kidney disease, even shortened life span. As someone who has spent her career writing from a chair, as a senior editor at O, the Oprah Magazine, as the author … [Read more...]

Thought for the day. Every day.

this is your life

                                I'd find a new job before quitting, of course, but I'm the cautious type. The rest: Yes. … [Read more...]

Today’s Mantra

it's not too late

                      This is my thought for the day, and I'm sure The Hubbins will be pleased that I'm getting a lot of use out of the drawing tablet he gave me to do art for Take A Yoga Break (coming next … [Read more...]