Maudie: A Romance with Art

If you think you’ve got it bad, get over yourself and go to Maudie, a quiet yet moving film about Canada’s most famous folk artist. Sally Hawkins is incredible as the irrepressible, smart, yet fragile Maud Lewis. Ethan Hawke admirably … Continue reading

Mothers, Don’t Name Your Children Untitled

As a museum stalker, I ferret out the smell of masterpieces and not-so-masterly pieces whenever I get the chance. I am in bliss, moving on a creative high, until I come across the infamous “Untitled” work. This makes me crazy, … Continue reading

One Day at a Time: How to Break the Blocks

Painter Anna Oneglia created the artwork for the cover of my novel of lost and found creativity, Maud’s House. I remember the first time my young daughter saw it she said, “It looks like Maud’s outside looking outside.” The story … Continue reading

Everyday Creativity Can Keep You Healthy

A creative idea a day keeps the doctor away. And it doesn’t even have to be a big idea. We don’t have to be the next Michelangelo or be a whiz at creating things with pipe cleaners. We just have … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour

This book tour I am going in my pajamas. I am participating in the Get Loaded Blog Tour de Force sponsored by the Indie Book Collective this week, and I hope to get more mileage while putting on fewer miles. … Continue reading

Themes Are for Disneyland, Not Writers

Themes are for parks like Disneyland, not for books. When it comes to writing,  I prefer to sculpt my stories around an armature. I came upon this concept in an extraordinary little writing book called Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald. … Continue reading

Dreamy Wind Chimes

As anyone knows who has read my novel on art and creativity, Maud’s House, I am a sucker for art in unusual places or unusual art in expected places. The Twin Cities is full of such wonderful surprises. Here’s the … Continue reading

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