The Wild Mind

“Art itself has become an extraordinary thing - the activity of peculiar people - people who become more and more peculiar as their activity becomes more and more extraordinary.”Eric Gill, Art and a Changing Civilisation, (“The Creative Process”) Creativity as a discussion is as subjective and varied as created material. Whether contemplating art, writing, music, architecture, … Continue reading The Wild Mind

Ask Us About Our Basements

I was sitting here in my melancholy--some reasons valid, others, not so much--and I asked myself what potentially marketable skills do I have that, when combined with anxiety and introversion, would contribute to our single-income large family.  I have been substitute teaching, but that is sparse and hardly lucrative. I hate and/or am terrible at … Continue reading Ask Us About Our Basements

The Poor in Spirit

  I think in the lesson of faith, gratitude has to be the most important skeleton, otherwise the negativity of the world overwhelms me. I always feel the feather of gratitude beatific and ethereally tip-toeing around my blanket-covered face, but then a window opens, morning air is breathed, and I know, at crux, the world … Continue reading The Poor in Spirit

Passive gratitude

I read my cousin's Instagram meme about gratitude and it was the last question, "What have you done today that showed your gratitude?" that propelled my initial response of "I have no idea." This probably isn't good. Then the idea of passive gratitude struck me; I think we spend a lot of our time having gracious thoughts … Continue reading Passive gratitude


You've all been there: The days leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas can make us ignore the browning, dying flora; we transition from festive ennui to confident exposition of intention in the new year; then follows the monotony of January, the desperate hope for spring in February. By March, most are aching for birds and … Continue reading Winter

Here We Are…

  In exactly two weeks from today, Javin will be having neurosurgery to remove his entire left temporal lobe, left amygdala, and left hippocampus. I haven't had much emotion about the surgical procedure itself, not only because I trust in the competency of the Cleveland Clinic surgeons/his neuro-team, but also due to a latent reactive … Continue reading Here We Are…

Product Review: Five-Year-Old

At some point in your life, whether married or single, you may encounter the need for children. Through whichever means is appropriate for yourself or your family, you will acquire either 1) a baby or toddler that will turn into a five-year-old; or 2) a pre-assembled five-year-old. However your child comes packaged, you will need … Continue reading Product Review: Five-Year-Old