Music and mad science

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.” — Julia Cameron At our house, Halloween weekend is always a celebration of creativity and make-believe, whether we’re stirring up a batch of Hell’s Kitchen Chili or putting the finishing touches on our costumes.  Which makes it the perfect time to introduce you to Doug’s […]

Halloween “Secrets”

Bring forth the raisins and the nuts- Tonight All-Hallows’ Spectre struts Along the moonlit way.” ~John Kendrick Bangs Anyone who’s known me for a while knows that I’m crazy about Halloween. Like many Baby Boomers, I harbor a ridiculously fierce nostalgia for the holiday. What else would you expect from someone who counts watching The […]

Variations on a weekend

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell It felt good to get back to our Wright house in St. Joseph this weekend. Work and family obligations got in the way of our good intentions this […]

Unexpected sparks

Our brightest blazes of happiness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” — Samuel Johnson It was one of those luminous Indian summer afternoons — clear cobalt skies and pure yellow light shimmering through the maples on our front lawn. This was autumn’s last hurrah, and even the neighborhood kids sensed the day was ripe for […]

Support your local authors

Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a good book.” — Jim Rohn Earlier this year, I went to a friend’s book signing event that was so well attended it brought tears to my eyes. My friend and his co-author gave a wonderful presentation to a standing-room-only crowd — and sold more […]

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