New Year’s Eve & This Story I Need To Finally Begin To Tell

Part One of Three To understand what I need to tell you without doubting my sanity, allow me to rewind a little bit, back to where it all started: in California, October of 2016. There I was in the most kick ass, beautiful scenery I’d ever experienced in the United States. I had thought that…

Are You Sick With Envy?

I’ve seen a bit of this going around creative streams lately, so today, I want to expose a painful, closeted emotion that we can all relate to: Envy. The envy I write about here is sometimes spurred by others’ success or sometimes spurred by engaging in “just a little healthy competition”. Yet, regardless of whether…

Dissatisfaction Starts Like This

A series of life storms enters in, consuming your time and energy. You are in auto-pilot with no pause for reflection about what you’re doing and certainly with little free time. You get irritable, tired or simply disengaged from good feelings… Then here comes the weekend, the last storm has passed, life’s okay again….until another…

A Creative Way Out Of Discomfort

Digital Florence, Italy   As the years go by, I find that the number one cause of most of my challenges is fear of discomfort. From lack of creative impulse to resistance to exercise to procrastination, discomfort is a seedling for self-deception because unlike it’s sister, pain, discomfort it’s not something that hits you in…

Grooming Oneself Towards A Veteran Status

Digital, Ricoh GR Monterosso al Mare   Veteran: Experienced through long service or practice; having served for a long period.  When I think of this US holiday called Veteran’s Day, I usually think of fallen heroes, the American flag, etc.  Not to take away from those we honor today, but this morning I thought about the meaning of the word, “veteran” and how…

How To Cycle Through Madness

Above Photo Gallery: Digital, Ricoh GR Location: Italy   One of my best friends reminded me the other day that here in North America, we have been recognized by some as a “feel-good culture.” In other words, we try very hard to chase the good feelings and doubly hard to avoid the bad. I get why we…

There Is No Love Where There Is No Bramble

Location: Portland, Oregon Nikon FE2, 35mm Bramble: (noun) – Any rough, (usually wild) tangled prickly shrub, specifically the blackberry bush. What Do Love and Art Share in Common & Why Can’t It Just Be Easy? Falling in love is a beautiful thing, but as most of us know from experience, sustaining the relationship after the phase of…

Changing “Hop” Into Hope: Staying Present To Grief

Subject: Athena. Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia & West Florida, 2012-2013. Medium: Digital, Nikon D300   Some requests come at difficult times and as a result, seem easy to dismiss. Artist, Bernadette Smith+ of Muse Fusions asked me to do a “blog hop” with her just a couple of weeks ago. This would involve writing a post in which I…