Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Creativity Tips: Take a Deep Breath

Poetry month continues!

Here's a fascinating fact -- for a writer, anyway. (My idea of fascinating and yours may differ.) I don't have the poetry book by Mary Oliver with this poem, so I was looking at different versions online. Unfortunately, the punctuation varies. Is it a comma after Listen or a dash? Some say a period. Is there a comma after little or not? Where should the line break be? Or is there a line break at all?

It matters to a poet. I hope I've found the right version. If you know, let me know.

P.S. Speaking of fascinating, I've been taking yoga and exercise classes for years, and I still think breathing is the hardest exercise of all. (Savasana? Letting go? While still breathing? Oy.)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Fun: Test Your Reaction Time

So, truth be told, the first time I tried this test, I didn't score this well. But, it's my blog and I'm not posting a screenshot that says, "Yo. Get the old broad off the road."

And, since it's my blog, let me follow my typical path and make everything a competition. Go ahead. Beat my score.

Happy weekend! And thanks to Hedy for the link!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Creative Critic: It's National Pecan Day!

This may be the only blog post in the universe that mentions Forks Over Knives and Nonni's Turtle Pecan Biscotti in the same sentence.

Just guessing.

The lovely PR folks from Nonni's recently reached out to me and asked if I'd like to sample and critique the biscotti in honor of National Pecan Day.

Now, I'm pretty focused on healthy eating these days. I haven't gone the complete Forks Over Knives plant-based route, but I've given up meat and chicken and only rarely eat fish or dairy products. I've cut back on sweets. (Ugh.) So I figured I'd just take a bite of the biscotti and tell you what I thought.

It was a good idea. Only one problem. Nonni's Turtle Pecan Biscotti are scrumptious. And I say that as a baker with high standards for biscotti -- which are really mondel broit. I've made mondel broit. It's a process, and mine didn't taste nearly this good.

One bite turned into ...

And you're lucky Tom snapped the photo before I snapped up the rest of the biscotti. I recommend them. I will buy them. Totally delish. Happy National Pecan Day! Go nuts ...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Creative Inspiration: Eating Poetry

It's funny how worlds collide. My friend Mark B. sent me a link to this great interview with poet Mark Strand, and then my friend Linda R. posted this on Facebook.

The editor in me says the image needs to be updated: Strand died in 2014 at the age of 80. The writer in me says: Go. Eat some poetry.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Creative Query: What Makes You Light Up?

My friend Hedy recently observed that every time I talk about Kate and Mary, my whole face lights up. She's right. One mention of the girls, and I glow. That makes me wonder. Who -- or what -- makes you light up?

Years ago, at Yellowstone. 
Why do I ask? Why does it matter? Because when we light up, it's easier to see the amazing creative possibilities that surround us.

On their recent trip to Israel. 
From the waterfall to the Western Wall, it's a brilliant, beautiful world. Today's your day, peeps! Find what makes you shine.

P.S. Oy. How could anyone look at those faces and not light up? 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Fun: ... or are you just glad to see me?

I want to meet the man
who can put this in his pocket. 

  1. If you don't understand the title of the post, you're young. I love you. Google, "Is that a banana in your pocket?"
  2. Someone wrote the name for this book. Someone designed this cover. Someone edited it. Someone proofread it. Why in god's name did no one along that creative route stop and say: "Huh?" 
  3. Ignore me. I'm a curmudgeon. 
  4. It's the weekend! Go outside at night. Wish on a lucky star. 
  5. Know this: They're all lucky stars.