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Friday
Jul282017

The Unexpected

As I said in my recent radio essay* on WYPR, Baltimore's NPR affiliate, creative ideas can take you to unexpected places. Watching them develop is part of the pleasure--and mystery--of any creative project. Even this mundane little video (shot a few mornings ago in my living room, in celebration of a heat wave's merciful end) went in a direction I didn't expect. I lifted my camera to film the billowing drapes. The surprise was the sucking-in at the end--and then the closing punctuation by a passing car. 

*The segment was part of the Maryland Humanities Council's great "Humanities Connection" series.

Friday
Feb242017

Images in Dialogue

Wandering my local drugstore in the week before Valentine's Day, I chanced upon this bear, draped languidly atop a display of heart-shaped chocolate boxes. The bear reminded me of something--but what? Finally, it came to me, floating up from a slide shown in a long-ago art history class, perhaps: Matisse's Odalisque à la culotte rouge. 

The bear loves you, you know. Just look: He wears his heart on his...chest.

Thursday
Jan052017

Plank Like No One's Watching

Over the past decade, watching nearly every one of my friends take up yoga, I started to feel like the odd person out. But then I happened upon Adriene Mishler's yoga videos, and things changed. Here's the article that resulted, from Baltimore Style magazine.

Wednesday
Jan042017

Do it for "Future You"

Happy new year, everybody!

I have a piece on delayed gratification that went up at Headspace on New Year's Eve.

Now please excuse me, I've summer peaches to defrost!

Thursday
Dec082016

Burdock & Bramble--block party

I was thrilled to write about my artist-friend Heather O'Hara's latest venture, Burdock & Bramble, for Baltimore Style's December 2016 issue. In addition to being a gifted draftsperson and printmaker, Heather is smart, witty, and whimsical, and these qualities show through in Burdock & Bramble's block-printed stationery, clothing, and handmade books. There's a lot more info at the Burdock & Bramble website. I love the feel of a letterpress print. It's just so real.