Create always


If artists only showed their best art.

If singers only performed when their voices were sublime. 

If pianists only went on stage when they had perfected their craft.

Sing, dance, make imperfect art.

Every.

Damn.

Day.

Start now.

We can all create beauty.

For ourselves and everyone who lost their way

Fight or surrender 

For the past fourteen years I have had a rare blood disorder.  

Sometimes it is in remission and life sails along. Sometimes it’s an annoyance and sometimes it’s dangerous. 

Recently I had to step away from visiting my favorite place on earth, Lake Tahoe, because my health was too precarious.  

Logical choice though a bit heart breaking. 

These are the moments when you get to choose to fight or surrender and sometimes surrendering means you get to fight another day. 

Eat desert first

Care

It is our duty as humans to care. 

Years ago there was a woman in my life who could no longer see a purpose in staying alive. She was really just an acquaintance but I was her choice of lifeline. For months she would call five to ten times a day sometimes pleading with me to permit her to die. 

Of course I beseeched her to seek help and eventually I contacted her brother,though I had sworn not to.  Time and medication stabilized her and I was no longer needed. But it taught me never to look the other way, to always speak up and offer assistance. 

What about you? 

Can you help? 

Do you need help?

Text 741741 suicide hotline 

Stop


There have been many times I’ve wanted to say stop this week.

To people,

To world events,

Mostly to the atrocities and hate we seem to be heaping on each other. 

Just stop…… please

Skill building

There was a wonderful Ted Talk about the difference between practicing and creating art. 

So often we forget that there are specific skills we need to learn and master. 

New connections between our brain, eyes, and hands that need to be made. All of which takes patience 

The upside is we get to make better art and you can’t worry about the state of the nation and skill build at the same time.