Life is a Spirograph

For the last two years the fact of my mortality has been crowding my day to day awareness in a way it’s never done before. Maybe it’s because my grandmother died last summer, just a month shy of her 100th birthday. Maybe it’s because I have seen my...

Jack Frost Gets a Warm Welcome

When I was 9 years old we had a cold snap. I wrote a song about the images I saw in the frost on my window and took it to school where the teacher made the whole class learn it. The frost on an upstairs window tonight made me think of it. It was the very first...

Guiding Image: A Graffiti Spraying Nun

I love this image of a graffiti spraying nun. My friend Andrea saw it on a birthday card and it made her think of me. It’s the perfect image to hold my intentions for the New Year. This year I aspire to be a creative force for good in the world, and to have a...

A Unified Theory of The Arts and Sciences

I’m often puzzled at the divide that is imagined between the arts and sciences. Science and the arts are both fueled by a burning desire to understand and communicate the essence of reality.  The scientific process and the creative process are very similar; an...

History, Poetry, Truth

“Poetry is nearer to truth than history.” -Plato I’ve been watching the news as the United States and Russia arm wrestle for control of the narrative of what is happening in world events.  As someone who first trained as an historian, and went on to...