I grew up playing Go Fish with The Authors card deck. Adult survivors of a 1970s American childhood will surely remember it: the deck celebrated the white boy canon — Shakespeare, Twain, Hawthorne, Dickens, et cetera et cetera. Oh, and Louisa May Alcott, the lone female. Grrrr. That ugly phallocentric deck taught me all about… Read More Cards Against Patriarchy
A few days ago Fiona and I were taking a quick spin around Playa Norte, looking for a prime tinkle spot, when we ran into a woman aiming a camera with a huge telephoto lens into the treetop. “What are you finding up there?” I whispered, not wanting to ruin her concentration. She lowered her… Read More 100 Strangers. I’m #37.
Creative Focus for the Monkey-Minded Are you the kind of person who usually has multiple irons in the fire? Two or three or eight balls in the air at any given time? Yeah, me too. And for me, one of the biggest barriers to getting stuff done is just figuring out where to start. Which… Read More 47:13
I’ve been in Merced the past few days, hanging out with my sister and her family. This means, of course, that there’s tons of crafting happening. Indeed, within an hour of my arrival, my niece Renee had suggested that we do a craft war. “What’s a craft war?” I asked, wincing inwardly, thinking it was… Read More Craft Wars: Creativity and Competition
Thanksgiving morning, 2015. My parents had a full house with my sister, her husband, and their two girls, plus another couple who’d come up for the weekend. To escape the creative chaos in the kitchen, I took my nieces – Julia and Renee (then ten and nine years old) – up the hill to my… Read More Infinity Becomes a Bird.
Dreaming and Committing A few days ago the ED of the nonprofit I work for was telling me about all the strategic planning she’s been doing, the timeline and projects she’s been doing, how exciting it is to look forward to the new year after all that she and the organization have done and learned… Read More What’s Next?