I'm learning to embrace brokenness in a new way as well. I'm learning that sometimes the greatest healing comes from having a safe, consistent place to show up at regularly, a place where we are missed when we've been absent, a place where we can play a vital role.Read More
"What would my life, my spiritual practice, my relationships, look like if I really did those things?" It's an interesting question and one I've given a lot of thought to.Read More
At it's core, mindfulness exercises are meant to help you center yourself in the present moment. It's used in stress reduction therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral therapy. Maybe I should mention that I see meditation and mindfulness as a type of prayer.Read More
This past Friday night (2/24/17) was the first (of hopefully many) Neighborhood Knitting nights at Hyde Perk Coffee Shop in the heart of the North End in Boise, Idaho. My mom and I had the great pleasure of teaching 15 woman how to knit!Read More
In class, I've been talking with my students about S.M.A.R.T. goals and how to begin to implement real change in our lives. But it has got me thinking about the ways I set goals for myself. I write everything down. I know I'm not the only one on the planet who does this, but still... I live by lists and this is not always convenient...Read More
When our families are stronger, when our children are able to grow and thrive in loving, committed families, our society and our future become stronger as well. Who can say no to that!?Read More
I came across this essay I originally wrote for my thesis in grad school. It's since been tinkered with, but I think it gets to the heart of why I am keeping this blog and what I aim to do with my life.Read More
But, why is this a relief? Because there are lots of things that I love. Only choosing one sounds boring and hard. And boring.Read More
As I look back on 2016, flipping through my Instagram feed, because heaven knows I really didn't take notes, I can see a few themes that have shaped the direction I've taken.Read More
I'll be honest. My tendency is to avoid the morning and evening news. Because, well, the news is 99% terrifying and I am 200% devastated by what I see there...Read More
2014 marks some great new endeavors. My dear friend and fellow adjunct professor, Jessica Danger, and I have decided to start our own Literary Art Journal. Why? Why not. It's just time to create more visible work while building artistic community at the same time. My brother, Spencer, designed our logo. I'm so excited to show it to you and you will definitely be hearing more about it soon as we set up our website. Our first print issue is due out 4/1/14 and so far is filling up with really incredible artists and writers! I can't wait for you to meet them.
I turned in my semester grades today... and you just missed my happy dance but it looked a whole lot like this:
Well, not exactly like this... I'm not Hugh Grant, I don't live in London, I'm not pretending to be the Prime Minister... But you get the idea. And Oliver just shakes his head in disbelief:
Also, I am working away on designing an online block printing class... It should be up on Monday. I will post the link for you when I get it! Here's one of the projects:
Get back to work... it's only Wednesday!
I have been obsessed with linocut prints lately. I've been making my own since high school... it's relaxing and the process is slow and fun, the outcome is unique with each print.
In fact, I have so much fun printing that I am creating an online class to teach linocut print making. It's still in the works but for now, I'd love to show you some links to artists around the web that are really inspiring me lately.
Her lines are clean but the feeling her images give is fun and spontaneous.
Ken Swanson's etsy shop is filled with really fun images as well.
His perspective is unique and unexpected.
Rebel Road Company is also fun... I can't resist a cowgirl quote!
30 Silent Mockingbirds is another favorite - I'm a sucker for hand lettering! And literary quotes are the cherry on top.
And then I found the Linocut Boy Blog... He's got a great tutorial of his 3 color process... so much fun!
I should probably be grading papers but I hope these prints inspire you... and when I have the link to my class (hopefully by this time next week) I will be sure to pass along coupons and then we can have a virtual printing party. Just in time for Christmas! Who's with me!?