"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

Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Daily Prompt Love <3 Spicing It Up

22 November 2017 

Make art about a memory associated with the scent of spices.


Daily Prompt Love <3 Seeking Solace

26 July 2017

The world is in so much pain right now, so much anger, so much fear. If I am not mindful, that collective despair will weigh down on my back, settle ’round my shoulders like a yoke, until it chokes me, and I am become part of the problem, rather than doing what I think I should–choosing light, choosing peace, choosing Love–doing all that I can to be a force for compassion and Love in this world. So I have to make sure that I care for myself, body and spirit. I personally seek solace in the natural world, in my garden.

It reminds me, daily, that we are made not from our successes, but from the narrative of learning embodied in failure, every lush, red tomato now the product of years on my knees, learning, lessons gifted by seeds that did not germinate, rain that did not fall, soil that wasn’t ready, woodlings that wandered in and ate the fruit, reminders of my rent being due, for sharing this space.

Reward, and humility, in equal share, mistakes and losses, the cost of carelessness, the reminder that I own no space alone in my time on this planet, reside always in the garden. But even more, for me, in that small space, dwells possibility. Even in the darkest winter months, I imagine what will come, with spring. I find solace in the garden’s persistent gift, the imagining of an unimaginable future.

Make art about where you find solace. 


Daily Prompt Love <3 When I Ask Why

6 June 2017

Make art inspired by this. 



Daily Prompt Love <3 Two Today <3 On Power, and Violence

8 March 2017

Make art about collective power. 


9 March 2017

Make art about the violence of poverty. 

poverty of violence

Daily Prompt Catch-Up! Finally! 24 New Creativity-Inspiring Prompts!

And hopefully I’m back on track with these 🙂 ❤ Love y’all!


Make art about buried treasure.


Make art about working toward a goal.


Make art about the sound of walking.


Make art about frailty.


Make art about a youngest child, that last child.


Make art about what’s revealed in the moonlight.


Make art about birds on a wire.


Make art about going back in time.


Make art about leaving an inheritance, or receiving one, on what’s inherited.


My mama used to quote the Bible, saying, “Never a prophet in your own land.” Make art inspired by this quote.


Make art about transitions.


I really want to take a ceramics class. Make art about what you want to learn.


Make art about excavation, literal or metaphorical.


Canning apples for days. Make art about the fruits of autumn.


Make art about every day angel encounters.


Make art about the sacredness of water.


Make art about making a trip home.


Make art about what kind of road your heart would be.


“When born, you inherit what’s burning.”~Liam Rector Make art inspired by this quote.


Make art about night driving.


A friend came across an old painting that looks just like me. Make art about doppelgangers.


I set out food for the ancestors, cornmeal and milk for the wee folk, lit a fire and watched it burn. Make art about ancient traditions.


Sometimes the sorrow is so deep, all I know to do is cook. Make art about process sorrow in an unexpected way.


Make art consoling, receiving, or giving, consolation.


Make art about feeling paralyzed.


Back to the daily daily tomorrow!



Daily Prompt Love <3 Reconnecting through Common Ground


Make art about connections made through food, connections in the present, or to the past. 


Daily Prompt Catch-Up <3 Leaves, & Autumn, & Just Going From Here


Walking in these West Virginia mountains 🙂

“The falling leaves, all over the forest, are protecting the roots of my plants. Only look at what is to be seen, and you will have garden enough, without deepening the soil in your yard. We have only to elevate our view a little to see the whole forest as a garden.” ~Thoreau

Make art about ‘garden enough.’



Driving back from WV, I stopped for gas, and Road Angel Louise tells me her story of trying to recover from the recent flooding, what it’s like to lose so much. “Just go from here, I reckon,” she said.

Make art about rebounding from tragedy, about how we ‘just go from here.’



Dreamt someone I love brought me apples, Honey Crisp and Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Winesap, even a couple of Arkansas Black. He sliced one with his sharp knife, and smiling, said, Here you go, Missy. A taste of what’s to come.

Make art about the taste of autumn. Or about what’s to come.



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