Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde

“The artist appeals to that part of our being …which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring.” – Joseph Conrad In January, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s BIG MAGIC, on the art of creative living. I loved it, made notes, shared it at GreatNewBooks.org, and noted one of the booksContinue reading “Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde”

Big Magic and the Art of Creative Living

“We all need something that helps us to forget ourselves for a while — to momentarily forget our age, our gender, our socioeconomic background, our duties, our failures, and all that we have lost and screwed up… Perhaps creativity’s greatest mercy is this: By completely absorbing our attention for a short and magical spell, itContinue reading “Big Magic and the Art of Creative Living”

14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

I have always loved inspiring quotes and photographs. In college, I taped cards from Successories to the side of my dresser–photographs of mountains and paths through enchanting forests, of oceans and eagles soaring, all with quotes to remind me that the goal was somehow bigger than the Calculus problem I struggled to finish. Quotes seemContinue reading “14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly”

Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Inspirations, Reading, and My Manifesto I have always loved quotes and photographs. All the way back in middle and high school, I hung quotes and photographs at my desk for inspiration. There is something about being in a place–aContinue reading “Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads”

The Golden Willow: Inspiration for My Novel

  The entire panel of the wall bumped out toward us, where Luc felt for another hidden latch. “Literature and art—my father always says those are the two connectors to the past, to our histories.” The thick piece disengaged from its resting spot and creaked open on shackle-like hinges. “Which is why we have thisContinue reading “The Golden Willow: Inspiration for My Novel”

Ponte Sant’Angelo : Bridge of Angels, Rome

Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you. – St Francis de Sales The Sculptures of Ponte Sant’Angelo: Bridge of Angels, Rome One of my favorite places in Rome, I found while walking between the crowded and celestial Vatican City toward theContinue reading “Ponte Sant’Angelo : Bridge of Angels, Rome”

8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James 8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal Summer is my favorite season For its golden sunshine and sherbet sunrises For sundresses and walking barefoot in the garden For stacks of books and reading in theContinue reading “8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal”

A Library and a Garden

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero (Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer 106 BC-43 BC) For the past few months, my family and I have been in the process of moving across the world from Prague back to our native Ohio, USA. As I’m finding out,Continue reading “A Library and a Garden”