Category Archives: Writing

Learning to Enjoy Ambiguity

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday is Saturday, September 24th, and so is mine, so what better time to write about my very favorite quote in the world. “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas … Continue reading

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A Slammed Door and an Unexpected New Confidante

On September 10th, 55 years ago, at 6:30am, the phone rang. It was Dr. Boschenstein calling to tell Mom that my sixty-one-year-old father had a stroke at 5am. My father was dead. It was a bright, sunny Sunday morning, the … Continue reading

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How heavy are your boulders?

My goodness, a whole month has passed since my last post … because I’ve been birthing this wonderful book, Double Take! Both versions of the book (paperback and eBook) are finished, uploaded to Amazon, ready for me to press the … Continue reading

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Why Beauty Matters, Now More Than Ever

“Art once made a cult of beauty; now we have a cult of ugliness instead.” – Sir Roger Scruton, Why Beauty Matters, BBC 2, 2009 I just spent a delightful afternoon watching a film made by an unexpected ally: the … Continue reading

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From Indignation to Grateful Resolve

You’ve been there too, right? You know, those times when you’ve asked someone for a second opinion, they politely tell you the truth, and your response is to flinch, even bristle. “Harumph” is not the exact word I used. On … Continue reading

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I did a terrible job explaining viewfinders…

… but this guy does a great job. Our approaches are somewhat different, but the point is the same. He shows how to make a clear plastic viewfinder, as well as the “hole in the index card” style that I … Continue reading

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Time to do a DOUBLE TAKE!

As of 6pm, June 30th, 2022, the draft of my second book, Double Take, is now in my editor’s hands! His edited version of all 38,000 words should arrive in my inbox tomorrow. That will be the first time I … Continue reading

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My watercolors are lonely!

I’m sure you’ve been here too. It’s super hot out, or really humid, or maybe buggy, and you’d love to fit in some time sketching outdoors, but oh my, naw, maybe later… Then you think, “Maybe if I pull out … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Momentum Block an Insight

Have you ever purchased an art instruction book, brought it home, flipped through it admiring all the pretty pictures, then set it down to “read thoroughly… later”?  I’ve done that more times than I care to admit. Here’s my reading … Continue reading

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Vulnerable and scared . . . and okay.

My life as I knew it ended Thursday, March 24th, about 1pm. At that moment, by mistake (and how it happened is irrelevant now), I gave total access to my computer to a hacker from another country. I have spent … Continue reading

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