Very Quick Review: Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else

Here’s my very first Very Quick Review. This is one of my favorite books I read in 2018. The video is far from perfect, but I’m learning, right? (Now I know if I record with my phone, I should turn the phone horizontally.) But enough about me and my lack of technology skills. Let me know if you decide to read this book, too.

Read More

Creativity: Why Boredom is a Good Thing

But while I was stuck in my favorite spot in my living room, I had an idea for a new writing project. I didn’t have a ton of energy to act on it—I was too miserable to open a new document and begin writing. But I did have enough energy to let the idea roll around in my mind. I had enough energy to take a few notes in my journal. I had enough energy to email someone I trust to see if he has any book or article recommendations on the topic.

Would I have thought of this idea if I wasn’t sick and bored? Maybe. Maybe not.

Read More

Creativity: A Days of Being Playlist

While I was working on my Days of Being project, I listened to this playlist over and over. All of the songs are sung by females because I wanted to hear the voices of women while I explored my own life and stories. I enjoyed having a list of familiar songs accompany me as I worked on this project. Now I have creative connections to these artists' work that didn't exist before I worked on Days of Being.