*From where the stories come…

“This is what happens. You put it away for a little while, and now and again you look in the closet for something else and you remember, and you think…. Then it becomes something that is just there, in the closet, and other things get crowded in front of it and on top of it […]

Drawing Lesson

“Draw this,” the instructor said, three minutes into the Beginner’s Drawing class. A night class at the local high school, there were six of us sitting around a table in the Art Room, HB3 pencils in hand. “If we could draw that,” whispered the woman sitting to my left, “you wouldn’t be here.” I recognized […]

Happy Excerpt

Many (many, many) moons ago, I discovered a little book called 14,000 things to be happy about. It’s a great little open-to-a-random-page book that catalogs things, places, thoughts, foods, people…that make us happy. Flipping through the pages now, it feels a little dated. But even the nostalgia of its older entries—Kodak photo supplies, David Brinkley, […]

It’s all about the gratitude.

Eight months ago, after taking a goal-mapping workshop with a friend of mine, I started keeping a Gratitude Journal. Every night before I go to sleep, I write down three things for which I am grateful that day. There are some repeats, of course: a friend’s name, my cats, pizza, Friday. But, for the most […]

Chinua Achebe and The Unread Book Project

Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian poet, professor, and author. His novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, tells the story of an African village, its traditions, and the influence of colonialism and Christianity on tribal life. It is considered a classic of modern African writing. Things Fall Apart has lived in my bookshelves since the […]

*Snapshots: Marfa

There’s always a moment, when I come back from my travels that I think: “I forgot to get a souvenir from the trip!” And then I remember: the photos! There are always photos…

Standing on Art (and Principle)

Standing on Carl Andre, copper squares Located on 340 acres in Marfa, Texas, the Chinati Foundation is a contemporary art museum housed in the buildings of a former military compound. It was founded by artist Donald Judd with the intention of preserving and presenting large-scale installations, with an emphasis on linking art and its surrounding […]