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Wednesday
Mar092016

Creative Dream States

My essay about cultivating creative ideas (the one that aired on Baltimore's NPR affiliate, WYPR, in January) is now up at the Maryland Humanities Council blog. (Today, the part of the "creative dream state" is being played by the meandering Mississippi.)


Tuesday
Feb022016

Radio Essay

In the middle of January, just before the East Coast got walloped by snow, I recorded an essay for the Maryland Humanities Council's Humanities Connection weekly segment, which airs on 88.1 WYPR at 4:44 on Thursdays, during All Things Considered. Things I considered: where creative ideas come from, and what to do when they arrive. Thanks to MHC director Phoebe Stein for the invitation to take part. You can listen here.

Stuck at home, I admired the snow art that went up on the Internet, everything from classic snow angels to a snow bust of a giant Edgar Allan Poe. Here's what came out at our house: Our Lady of Perpetual Homeboundedness, some reflections, some coneheads, and Monolith in Peach II (the last of the summer stores).

Friday
Jan292016

Lookalikes II

This morning, the French press spoke to me in a way it never has before: "I'm going to blow you away--boom! But first I will make you a nice coffee."

Friday
Jan012016

Lookalikes

My yard celebrated the holiday season by festooning an old Japanese maple stump with this handsome fungal structure. Doesn't it look kind of like Chicago's Marina City?

Happy 2016 to all.

Wednesday
Dec022015

Today, Baltimore, the fog a cloak.