18 March 2020
Nourish the body. Feed the soul.
Thinking on all the things that fed me these last few days. Yes, the meals shared with my son, but also my brother-man Eric in West Virginia, with his guitar, serenading the world with an Irish song, the silly memes my sister Adaire and I sent back and forth to each other, my young alum Katlyn and her friend selflessly working to collect donations for families and kids in need in quarantine, my current students excitedly discussing their short stories and poems in our online class, my friend Brigid writing a new comic who shared the pages with me, the sound of my friend Lynne’s laughter through the phone, my old dog sleeping on his purple pillow, my silly cat Moco biting my elbow because I was ignoring him, the humming of the bees across the burgeoning green in my yard, the multitude of good people out there doing good work teaching, sharing, cooking, donating–coping, all of them, in beautiful, humane, and community-minded ways.
So much, in the midst of this fear, to feed the soul.
Make art about one thing recently that fed your soul.
14 February 2019
Happy Valentine’s Day ❤
The great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has written beautifully about why learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves.
Make art about learning to love yourself.
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
14 December 2017
Our world needs kindness right now more than it ever has.
Make art about a difference made by one small act of kindness.
13 November 2017
Today is my late husband’s birthday, and the anniversary of my baby brother walking on to the next life. So to celebrate them, today, I launched a new literary magazine, K’in.
They filled my life with so much beauty and humor and wisdom and joy. It only seems right to honor them by creating something beautiful.
Make art about honoring the dead.
30 October 2017
Make art about recovery.
31 October 2017
Make art about what’s haunting you.
1 November 2017
At twelve, I took my confirmation name from St. Margaret of Scotland, wife of King Malcolm, who was particularly known for feeding the poor, for, though she was a queen, going out among them daily, and for inviting hundreds of the poor into the castle to eat.
It’s All Saints Day.
Make art about a saint.
22 July 2017
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