Ryan Adams

Enjoying Ryan Adams’ new CD Ashes & Fire this week.  Seriously, it’s addicting… An excellent review at Stereogum, if you’re curious… Here’s “Ashes & Fire.”  A little sampling might make you want all the tracks.  One just doesn’t seem to cut it. Have the most beautiful Saturday, ya’ll! [Post image: Ryan Adams, 2008, credit to […]

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20 Teachable Virtues

I’ve been enjoying the book 20 Teachable Virtues: Practical Ways to Pass on Lessons of Virtue and Character to Your Children by Barbara C. Unell and Jerry L. Wyckoff.  Whatever kind of parent you are, I’m guessing you (at least) want your children to learn “right” from “wrong” and how to navigate their own lives […]

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Making Art

A few soundbites from the mesmerizing book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland.  If you consider yourself an artist—any kind of artist—you must read this book.  [Any bold print is my addition.] Artmaking involves skills that can be learned.  The conventional wisdom here is that […]

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Parenting Beyond Belief

Decisions, decisions. If you have children, you will have to decide how you will raise them. How do you raise ethical, caring kids?  Will you teach them tenets of a certain religion, or will you attempt to do so without religion?  Will you model what you want to see, or simply tell them, “Do as […]

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Things to Savor

Every once in a while, I like to do a post of all the fun things I’ve seen or experienced recently.  Today is one of those days.  Lucky you. My sister Amy informed me of the spectacular artist Nathan Abels.  His blog minutiae is a conglomeration of all the wonderful things he likes.  I’m going […]

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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