“It is exquisitely human to play; we relish and require it to feel whole. It is our refuge from ordinary life.” ~Diane Ackerman
Hello! I live in a smallish New England town with the love of my life, Mister J., and our two children–the boy, Mister L., and the baby girl, Miss E. I write a lot, take a bazillion photos, cook a lot, paint and illustrate some, sew a bit, embroider, play with modeling compound, and have now knitted several rectangular swatches of varying sizes without once stabbing myself in the eye with a knitting needle.
It’s difficult to create space for creativity and deep play in a life crammed to bursting with family, friends, errands, housework, and office work. And yet we do, the legions of us who are forever pausing to tap a few words onto the screen as we jog past the computer on the way to load the dishwasher, or struggling to stay awake just fifteen more minutes to finish a bit of embroidery on a crazy quilt square. We do it because it helps us see and understand the world more clearly when we write a poem or take a photograph; we do it for the swooping giddy joy of executing a gorgeous watercolor wash or just-right crowquill line; for the meditative lull of knitting needles clicking; for the heady anticipation and satisfaction of eating an amazing home-cooked meal.
This is the space I’ve created for myself to write and think about creativity and deep play, in all the various and changing forms that manifests for me. I always have a hundred more projects in mind than I could possibly make time for and yet I’m always scouting around for more.
“Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.” ~Robert Fulghum