Monthly Archives: May 2016

Batter Up

It’s like, word combo after word combo, hurled at us from a mechanical pitching machine with an unlimited supply of curve balls and sinkers. And, in order to be productive, you have to let the bad ones go and wait for “your” pitch. To do this job and not go crazy wasting time, we wait till its “in our wheelhouse”. That’s what my Little League coach Ricky use to say. So, when the right combo gets into my “wheelhouse”, I take a swing and the process….. Continue reading

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Ant Lions and Tree houses

The ant lion incident is one that I remember every time I have to sit down and write a new blog post, or do any other creative work, and I have no idea how to start. So I decided, for this assignment, to write a letter to my six year old self and hand down some wisdom that I’ve learned over the years about doing stuff that’s hard. Continue reading

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This Post has Nothing to Do With Exploding Stars

Is writing hard? All WordPressers that I’ve read so far seem to think so and that’s all the more reason to tour Austin and look for inspiration which is what Snoop and I did this morning. We brought you back a few visual souvenirs. Continue reading

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SPACE

On the other hand, if I want to write something that’s tied to the imagination, memories of places I’ve been, things that I’ve experience, and people I’ve known (or wish I could have), then It helps to be in a place that’s not dominated by the rational. Cool, by redefining the “where”, now we’re getting into some subtext y’all. Continue reading

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CHANGE

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.
– Reinhold Niebuhr. There are several reasons that it resonates but two things in particular come to mind.
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All Work and No Play make B-lake a Dull Boy

The stresses of life can turn a lot of us into work-aholics. I used to procrastinate on work anytime there was an opportunity to go outside. Now it’s the other way around. Continue reading

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HOME

I finally had to concede and resort to a slightly insipid statement. “Creative people are just different”, I said. Maybe, what I meant was that these differences of perspective and social needs, between artists and others creates a clash between the traditional “home” and the inner voice that leads us to be “at home” when we’re living into our creative personality by practicing our craft. Continue reading

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Things I Like

Driving is something that I did a lot when I was a teenager and things weren’t going my way. I got away from everything and cranked up my stereo and just drove. I can’t explain it but the alone time combined with the activeness of going somewhere combined with the alternative music that I always listened to was an experience that was hard to top. Continue reading

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“Nick-names”

You’d think that it would make me feel like an outsider but in hindsight, it did just the opposite. It turned out to be quite fun for 7 year olds. After a year or two, when my classmates and I became part of “the club” at Andy Woods Elementary, each time the role was called by a sub, all of the girls in the class would sound off in unison with the correct pronunciation! Does that mean I was popular? Continue reading

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