Slow, Slow Start

A lot of what I write here takes the form of permission slips: “Forgive yourself for…” “Allow yourself to be…” (I think it’s pretty clear that I’m often writing these “slips” for myself. Is that self-absorbed? Maybe. But I also believe that what’s true for me can be true for others. For me, making artContinue reading “Slow, Slow Start”

Authenticity in Blog Posts…?

As a theatre artist I’m passionate about immersing myself in artifice. I’m a firm believer in finding truth in fiction; often an experience can be made to feel even more authentic and relatable by playing pretend. So writing these posts can seem pointless and even phony to me. What am I trying to say, exactly,Continue reading “Authenticity in Blog Posts…?”

Own Lil World

I’ve been drawn to Dolly Parton interviews lately. I’m fascinated by what she has to say about her life and her long held interest in being an entertainer. She claims she’s always known she was going to be “something more.” We can be met with a lot of resistance when we’re honest about our ownContinue reading “Own Lil World”

Sit With It

Sometimes good things take time. Or so I keep telling myself as I put off writing. In yet another attempt at not being too hard on myself, perhaps the statement is true. Complicated ideas will unfold slowly. Sitting with a project for a bit and not forcing something from it can be a good wayContinue reading “Sit With It”

Be a Goldfish

Has anyone been watching Ted Lasso? It’s a fantastic show. The protagonist has many quotable lines, but my favourite is “Be a goldfish.” There comes a point where you have to let go of that harmful event from your past. Goldfish are known to have limited memory spans and forget things quickly… So, be aContinue reading “Be a Goldfish”

The High Price

“You are only free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every pace — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” Maya Angelou I’m sure I’ve written about this Maya Angelou quote before but it bears repeating. Creativity can so easily get stifled by anxiety around whatContinue reading “The High Price”

The Privilege of Creating

Many people are feeling restless. With so much time spent away from loved ones, work, public centres, etc., being alone with our thoughts gets discouraging. And as I was thinking about what to write today I drew a lot of blanks. My creativity seems tired after so much time without its usual stimulants. Yesterday’s post…Continue reading “The Privilege of Creating”

You Have an Effect!

I keep a running list of post ideas: brief descriptions of possible things to write about every day. One of the more recent ones is “Remind yourself of all the people and places impacted by your presence.” I shall now try to decipher what that means. I’m pretty sure I was thinking about how hardContinue reading “You Have an Effect!”