Making

Easy, thrifty pillow covers anyone can make

Easy, thrifty pillow covers anyone can make

Chances are, if you attended an American high school anytime from the 70s through the 90s, at some point you wrote a “found poem.” As Poets.org will tell you, “Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made(…)

Great source for handmade gift how-tos

Great source for handmade gift how-tos

As I mentioned in our Minted giveaway post, I’m not a huge fan of the holidays–mostly because it’s so hard for so many of us to resist all the messages to buy too much and do too much. However, I’m not a total Scrooge. I love giving and receiving gifts from the heart that haven’t(…)

DIY Camera Strap- The tactile art of photography

DIY Camera Strap- The tactile art of photography

For me taking pictures is partly a tactile activity. The feel of the camera, the click of the aperture dial, the-ever-so faint sound of the leaf shutter all contribute to the experience of making photographs. How the camera feels, sounds, and looks is important to me.¬† Not just because I like cool-looking cameras. It’s because(…)

Living in the summer moment

Living in the summer moment

Unlike many others this year, we’ve been living through a summer that’s bright, dry, and clear. And yet, there have been cirrus clouds of melancholy hanging over much of this season for me. I have been missing the summers of my childhood–when each day felt like a gleaming bead strung on an infinite ribbon of(…)

Fail Harder

Fail Harder

A couple of months ago I took my students on a field trip to¬†Wieden+Kennedy, one of the most successful advertising firms in the world. On the third floor of their huge office is this mural: One of the big messages that Dan Wieden gave to my students is that spectacular failure is important to the(…)