The Giving Tree:  DIY Fireplace Project

The Giving Tree: DIY Fireplace Project

Once upon a time I worked in research for a large healthcare organization.  I wore a suit and analyzed data.  One of my first assignments was a Driving Miss Daisy mission.  I was selected to drive a visiting PhD from NYC to a dozen hospitals as he conducted one-on-one...
Happy Pumpkins: 10 DIY Pumpkin Projects

Happy Pumpkins: 10 DIY Pumpkin Projects

Please examine this pumpkin stem and tell me what you find. Don’t you love finding magic in unexpected places? In the cracks and hiding in negative spaces. When I was a young (maybe 8?) my dad’s sunset photo was featured on the local news.  The...
Go Gold: It is a Verb

Go Gold: It is a Verb

If you reading this on September 30th* you still have time today to Go Gold.  It is a verb.  A call to action.  Paint your heart gold and honor September for its noble place on the calendar.  There is still time to fill the final box on the September grid. Let me...
Summer Forever

Summer Forever

According to Oscar Wilde, “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.”  I have seen a few autumn leaves fall like summer tears.  But, if it looks like summer and it feels like summer, then let’s just call it what it is.  At least for today. I...
Shaken, Stirred or Blended?

Shaken, Stirred or Blended?

James Bond* famously asked for his martinis “shaken, not stirred.”  To shake or stir? That is the question.  Or so I hear. When it comes to making hand-crafted cocktails I understand there are rules that apply to layering the liquids.  But I don’t...
Lyrics: Soul Vitamins

Lyrics: Soul Vitamins

Life is the lyrics.  Last month I sat at a graduation ceremony as students unleashed a heartfelt version of The Head and the Hearts’ Rivers & Roads.   This one song was like a trigger firing off tears. A year from now we’ll all be gone All our friends...
DIY Spray Paint Tales

DIY Spray Paint Tales

I saw a tail last week in a pile of carpet samples… and I screamed (think Carrie but not quite The Exorcist).   The long brown tail initially disappeared and then re-emerged, whipping in an endless circular loop below me revealing the official origin of said...
And, I Quote: Wonder Words on Creativity

And, I Quote: Wonder Words on Creativity

For four years I have been spinning a web of words here.  This is my creative anchor but I still haven’t cracked the code on a real breakthrough.  I believe it is all about the practice:  day by day (or let’s be realistic hour by hour).  The routine is...
Rainy Days and Mondays

Rainy Days and Mondays

It was a rainy Monday in my corner of Wisconsin.  During my morning commute I saw several drenched cows.  The rain fine-tuned their colors, painting the fields with shiny black and vivid chestnut.  It also transitioned the grassy fields from umber to green. And, I...