"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty


Spent a lot of time the last two days in traffic jams.

Make art about something unexpectedly positive arising from being stuck in a traffic jam.


Make art about ceremony.


Make art about grandmothers.


Make art about spirituality or faith as a spectator sport.


Make art about realizing you already had what you though your were looking for.


Make art about finding family, or about the family you choose, rather than the one you were born to.


Mercury goes into a three week retrograde, starting today. Careful with communication and travel plans.

Make art about something spinning backwards, or about a snafu in communication or travel.


Make art about taking a shortcut.


Make art about coming back home.


Make art about a specific request from a child.


Make art about dragons.


Interestingly, the word dragon derives from two separate Greek words. One word means “a huge serpent or snake” and the other means “I see clearly”.

Make art about seeing the panoramic view, the big picture.


Make art about getting your wings.


Recently witnessed a young man in line at the grocery store pay for the purchases of the stranger behind him, just as an act of kindness.

Make art about an act of kindness toward a stranger.


In that same grocery store line, the woman behind me, even after having witnessed the young man’s spontaneous act of kindness, ranted on about how awful young ones are.

Make art about being blind to what’s right before you.


Soundtrack for the day: R.E.M.

Make art about losing your religion.


Whoever the next man in my life turns out to be, he’s gonna need to love onions 🙂 or at least be tolerant of how much I love em.

Make art about loving someone in spite of themselves 🙂


I have been diagnosed with Complicated Grief Based PTSD. PTSD is so misunderstood.

Make art about PTSD, about the echoes and scars of trauma.


The sky was so blue that day.

Make art about the tension of beauty set against tragedy.


Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10).

Make art about healing bitterness. Or about finding compassion for a bitter person.


“Where is a woman, there is magic. If there is a moon falling from her mouth, she is a woman who knows her magic, who can share or not share her powers. A woman with a moon falling from her mouth, roses between her legs, and tiaras of Spanish moss, this woman is a consort with the spirits.”~Nzotake Shange. Ms. Shange has inspired me since my teen years. She still does, every day.

Pick a line from a writer who has inspired you for years, and use it to inspire art.


Make art about the Harvest Moon. Or about an eclipse. Use either as a metaphor in a new and different way.


Make art about stitches, something sewn together, or something coming apart at the seams.


Make art about a late night visitor.


We managed to surprise my oldest son with a birthday celebration today 🙂 Not an easy task to catch him off guard that way 🙂

Make art about surprising someone.


Came home from my walk to find The Fisher King on TV, one of my favorite movies.

Make art inspired by a scene from a favorite film.


Writing today about a particularly tough lesson I learned.

Make art about a hard lesson.



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