Game Day

Monday was my personal Game Day. I didn't know that was what I was having until I was 2 hours into it. It started out as the day to sort and rearrange the four file drawers in my work space. I planned to transform the drawer space from storage into work enhancement.  As I emptied drawers, … Continue reading Game Day

Three Words 2013: prepare, practice, evaluate

"What three words will help you in 2013?"  That was the last sentence of the last post of 2012.  I planned to write this post a month ago.  I had my three words.  But I also had doubt, the kind of doubt that sabotages movement. "I believe in the power of words.  Each year I choose three … Continue reading Three Words 2013: prepare, practice, evaluate

Three words 2012

I believe in the power of words.  Each year I choose three words to shape and focus my time, space, and energy.  They usually arrive in my brain sometime between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  I am grateful when they appear early, because I can roll them around and get comfortable with them. Last year … Continue reading Three words 2012

Enough: canned tomatoes and darned sweaters

My first-born son and I have had pleasant conversations about "enough" for quite a few months.  But yesterday I shot all the verbal ammo a farm girl raised in the fifties could muster against the idea of home canning.  I have distinct sensory memories of hot summer days in a kitchen made hotter by processing tomatoes: arms … Continue reading Enough: canned tomatoes and darned sweaters

A Short Distance Correctly

I collect quotations.  They are tucked into books, into drawers, into baskets.  Some are neatly assembled in a small notebook.  And some roll around in my head, waiting to be recalled.  On certain days those head rollers push into my routine and demand attention. Today two quotations have pushed their way into fabric calculations and food preparation.  The first … Continue reading A Short Distance Correctly

Start, Finish, and Make

I do not like the word deadline.  I do not read nonfiction books from the beginning.  I am in essence a maker and I favor neither the starting nor the finish point.  I like the exploration that comes in the middle. I am planning the next 6 months of studio work, during which I will make … Continue reading Start, Finish, and Make

Enough: Time

I attended a small business seminar last week.  One of the presenters began his workshop with two questions: what is you biggest challenge and what is your greatest aspiration?  The most common answer to the first question was enough time. I have been thinking about that answer all week, accompanied by the old adage of … Continue reading Enough: Time

More Than Conquerors

This is a banner I made for the Metro DC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for their celebration of the Reformation in 2011.  It is inspired by Romans 8: 37, the verse that proceeds one of my personal favorites.  It is a processional banner, with words on the back for the viewers … Continue reading More Than Conquerors