Advent Interlude 3

Let every heart prepare him room. Some years, preparing room is as simple as changing the sheets in the guest room.  Other years, the room has been renovated.  But this is a year that requires an empty space. The tree is decorated.  Presents are wrapped.  Packages are shipped. I need this empty little stable with its one … Continue reading Advent Interlude 3

Working With the Weather

I like to cooperate with the weather instead of resisting it. It's the farm girl in me. It's the sensible mom in me. It's the "be present" mystic in me. Snow and frigid cold is a gift of time for design and prototype development in the studio this week. Fingerless gloves knit by my daughter … Continue reading Working With the Weather

2014, A Year of Listening

I like shoveling snow when no one else is stirring, except the snow plow coming up the highway. Everything is muffled, except the scrapping of the shovel against asphalt, worked out in a rhythm that mirrors the movement of arms, feet, lungs. I am hoping not to fuel up the snow blower this year, but … Continue reading 2014, A Year of Listening

Evaluate

I am not running and I am not hiding. Those words just popped into my head yesterday morning (June 27).  They were distinct, memorable, and puzzling. I began this year with my three well-chosen words: prepare, practice, and evaluate. (More details are in my blog entry, Three Words 2013.)  However, they have been out of my … Continue reading Evaluate

Prepare: making a new tool to add ease to my work

Step 1: Assemble 2" insulation sheet cut to size, batting, mid weight cotton fabric, poster board, utility tape Step 2:  Glue poster board to one flat side of the insulation and let dry. Layer fabric, batting, and insulation with poster board up. Wrap fabric around the sheet of insulation and tape into place. Step 3: … Continue reading Prepare: making a new tool to add ease to my work

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: 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

Using Stuff to Get to Enough

I like being in that place between work and play.  It is not a blurry, ill-defined place for me.  It is where my imagination is happy, and often, productive.  I create games that make my work more playful.  And I have a new one. It is called "I own it; I use it."  It is less … Continue reading Using Stuff to Get to Enough