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March 2017 THE SPACES IN BETWEEN

I began writing this newsletter reflecting that the month of March has been an in-between month for me in terms of travels, as well as the bridge month between winter and spring. As I reviewed photos from our recent road trip to Crystal Bridges art museum to see the...

February 2017 THE REAL NEW YEAR

After trudging through January in low gear, it was time to accelerate. The real business New Year kicked into action on February 1, as I joined thousands of jewelers in their annual pilgrimage to gemstone mecca, the Tucson Gem Show. The seemingly infinite volume of...

January 2017 MADE BY HAND

"If you're human, you're creative... We believe in a world where everyone is inspired to live a creative life." The current issue of American Craft Magazine opens with a thoughtful commentary on the meaning and positive effects of art on individuals and on our...

December 2016 WINDING DOWN THE YEAR

It had to happen eventually. After a long, gloriously warm and clear Indian Summer, the cold winds of winter have blown in. The fresh herbs in my kitchen garden are sad, soggy heaps. I'm wearing my Uggs every day, and the down jackets are now hanging "on call" by the...

October 2016 ADJUSTING MY FALL FOCUS

Is anyone not stressed as we slog through the final couple of weeks of this Dante-esque election process? It's been nearly impossible to find inner calm as we are relentlessly pelted by a hailstorm of news reports and Facebook posts. I'm working to re-frame my focus...

September 2016 NORTHBOUND: ICELAND

People want to know what's the big deal about Iceland, why go? I think the appeal lies in its remoteness, exotic in an orderly, Nordic way. Iceland is, at least for now, still a place where you can get away from everything and find quiet solitude in its raw, wild...

July 2016 ANGLE OF REPOSE

...but this doesn't look much like Nebraska, does it? After a busy June I'd been craving the simple life of just hanging at home with friends, riding my bike, and sitting on my patio with birds, squirrels and fireflies for company. I lounged around for a few lazy,...

June 2016 JUNE! FULL-ON SUMMER

The first of June slammed us with a sucker punch. Seemingly in the span of a few moments, we were rudely dropped into 109-degree Las Vegas heat after weeks of an idyllically green, beflowered Nebraska spring. Ouch! Continuing our annual challenge to discover the...

May 2016 CLOUDS AS A REMINDER

Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and always remember to live life with your head in the clouds! Clouds aren't exactly a new obsession with me, but I am happy to be a brand new member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. A few weeks ago when I read an article in...

April 2016 GREEN LEAVES, FLOWERS, OPALS, AND A WALK ON THE BEACH

A morose T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month. Ok, so there's April Fool's Day and tax time and rain. But after a long, cold, drab Nebraska winter, I'm more inclined toward the celebratory perspective. We slalom through days that are bright but too...

March 2016 MARCHING INTO APRIL

"Come out and look at this giant cloud!" Craig shoved open the studio door and called me outside one afternoon a few weeks ago. And there it was, looming like a cotton candy dirigible over our back yard. This is what the Nebraska March winds bring in, cumulus clouds...

February 2016 FLYING THROUGH FEBRUARY

I'm skidding to a screeching halt at the end of the year's shortest month to sit and write this, after rocketing at the speed of light from Lincoln to the Sonoran Desert to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, with a week here and there in the studio.  Wake up and smell the...

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