Botanica

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”  ~Henry David Thoreau When I was a student at Michigan State University in the 1970s, three natural science courses were required of all liberal arts students. An artsy kid, I’d nearly flunked math and […]

“The Poet”

Let her have a chair, her shadeless lamp, the table.” — Jane Hirshfield, “The Poet” The place in which we work — an art studio, a home office, a spare bedroom, or the corner booth at the local diner — is essential to our creative lives. I often hear would-be writers and artists complain that […]

Got secrets?

As a culture, I see us presently deprived of subtleties. The music is loud, the anger is elevated, and sex seems lacking in sweetness and privacy.” — Shelley Berman Last week I told 325 friends on Facebook that our bedroom in this old house is torn apart for remodeling and looks like a mess. Later […]

“The Journey”

And there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.” — Mary Oliver In my workshops for new writers, we often discuss the importance of developing a “voice.” Early on, most of us hear a cacophony of inner critics and advisers inside our heads — former teachers, co-workers, neighbors, spiritual directors, family […]

Michigan art show

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”  ~Twyla Tharp Two of my art pieces are in the Michigan Annual art exhibition through Feb. 27 at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens. A link to an Oakland Press article on the show includes a photo of one of the pieces, “Shrine […]

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