Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sitting in the Sun

I have a new favorite winter pastime: Sitting in the sun. I've discovered that from about 9:15 in the morning until about 10 o'clock the sun, when it is out, shines on my spot on the couch.

Initially I just noticed that I loved sitting there when the sun was warming my back, and the page I was writing on was bathed in sunlight, and a long shadow trailed my pen as it moved over the page. Then I started paying attention. When was this actually happening? Now, when the sun is out, I try to organize my day so that I can be in my spot on the couch by 9:15 a.m. to bask in the sun. It is utter luxury because many days, of course, I am not able to sit there at 9:15 a.m.; I'm at work or have other appointments.

I'm going to watch now how this develops. I think this only happens in winter, and it only happens for a fairly short time in winter when the sun hangs low enough in the sky to cast its rays through the sun porch's southern window so that they fall, just so, on my couch.

This is such a grounding pastime! I am actually paying attention to where the sun is in the sky and when it shines through my windows and what effects it causes in my house. Next thing you know I might just cancel appointments or be late to work when the sun is shining...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Artist & Writer's Workbook 2017

It's the time of year again to look back and plan ahead, so I am happy to present you with the Artist & Writer's Workbook 2017. It's free; you just have to fill out the form here to download it! (Click on the hyperlink if you don't see a sign-up form.)

This is the fourth time I am sharing my year-end review process of assessing where my creative pursuits have taken me and do some wishful thinking for the future. I hope you find it a useful tool to assess what has transpired and where you might want to go in the coming year. 

Wishing you a productive time of looking back as well as looking forward! Happy 2017!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Spreading Parcel Magic: Bella Grace Giveaway

The winter issue of Bella Grace hits newsstands today, and it features an article by yours truly! Because I am so very happy about my work being in this great magazine, and because it's the season of spreading around joy, I am giving away one issue of Bella Grace. All you gotta do is leave a comment about how you spread around joy! Please do so by end of day Sunday so that I can mail it on Monday, and you will maybe receive it in time for Christmas (or Chanukah), and in any case, in time for the time between the years when Bella Grace is the perfect magazine with which to while away a few hours.

Speaking of spreading around joy, I spent last Sunday afternoon packing packages to mail to loved ones for Christmas and Chanukah. I worked at my desk in the sun porch while it snowed steadily outside, and my husband kept a fire crackling in the adjacent living room. I filled out shipping labels online, wrote little notes with holiday greetings, wrapped presents, and assembled each package. It was a picture-perfect, getting-ready-for-the-holidays day.

I think mailing something tangible off to loved ones who are far away is critically important. It just packs so much more love than an email or a text. Mainly, probably, because it takes more effort. I even spent some time putting together a Chanukah garland to send to my son in Israel. I could only send him something that could easily fit into a flat envelope because, serving in the IDF, he is rarely home and so I cannot send him a decent package. I can only send him something flat that fits into his mailbox (I could send something larger in care of a friend where he would have to pick it up but he has so little free time that I don't want to cause extra hassle). So, a flat envelope it must be! Even if he thinks the garland is silly, the point is that he will have "something to unwrap" as my grandmother used to say.

Packages like that are not about the contents, really, but about the gesture of someone taking the trouble to mail something, about the gesture of receiving something to unpack for the holidays. It makes love tangible. So, leave a comment about spreading some (tangible) joy and soon I might be addressing an envelope to mail something off to you! (Make sure I can get in touch!)