A note. Let’s get our terms straight. Horrifying dolls are those possessed by evil spirits and get “invited” into your home to wreak havoc. Creepy dolls are merely unsettling. Something … Continue reading Big old dolls: creepy or divine?
Indie on the edge. Author and artist, working from my studio at the Monastery of Artful Delights on the shore of Lake Ontario.
I didn’t actually plan to make a quilt this season, but that’s what happened. I admire quilters who choose a pattern and a color scheme, then buy fresh bright cottons … Continue reading Quilt: Layers of Time and Space
The November arctic blast means an early test of winter monastic mode. Textile project materials and supplies have migrated up from the ground floor studio and take over every surface. … Continue reading Project sprawl: a glorious mess
Every project begins with a thousand steps. –Susan Monday afternoon. The wind is blowing from the northeast, waves pounding our shoreline. Wet snow is beginning to stick to the unraked … Continue reading Dabbing paint on fabric
Adopting a plant-based diet isn’t just about giving up meat and dairy. I’m still exploring the best ways to prepare tasty, nutritional meals without spending all day cooking and without … Continue reading Plant-strong resources
Waffle recipe Combine in a high-speed blender: 1 small, very ripe banana, smashed 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup water or nondairy milk 2 Tbs. ground flaxseeds or chia … Continue reading Five years of plant-based eating
How can I make this work? I’d like to claim a spot among Believers because it’s November and a lovely time to sense a consciousness within the blustering wind, the … Continue reading God hypothesis
Whenever I get into a contemplative mood, I wind up grappling with God. My brain is burdened with the images of a Catholic youth. I’m stuck with monotheism’s mental model … Continue reading My “God” problem
Yesterday. Nothing scheduled. How delightful. I bundle up for a walk as if it were Arctic winter outdoors, but it is only in the 40s. Hardening up to the cold … Continue reading Self-reflection: Tarot
When I turned 70 last year, I was full of determination to make a plan for “the next 30 years.” My journal is full of scribbled reflections on resolutions and … Continue reading Now what?
I have spent the past week sorting, scanning, labeling, and gently restoring old family photos. Like “The Velveteen Rabbit,” they are creased and faded and scuffed, but the very fact … Continue reading Old photos, lively spirits
Meet Zula, newly awakened from the realm of old socks and sweaters. Kind of a variation on The Velveteen Rabbit: if you treasure your clothes, even as they begin to … Continue reading Zula: old adventures reborn