“Maybe the trick is for me to always be in some sort of disguise, to always be dressed to play someone else. Only then can I really appreciate myself.” ~Franny Banks in SOMEDAY,SOMEDAY,MAYBE by Lauren Graham   Approval can be a tricky thing. There are moments in my life when I feel unquestionably comfortable in my own skin, when it’s easy to appreciate myself. Like hanging out with my husband and kids. Writing. Chatting with my sister. Open road, open hearts.  … Read more »

  I love to go for walks outside, and lately the weather in my part of the world has been all kinds of amazing. So, I’ve taken my winter exercise routine of marching in front of the TV (why is this not an Olympic sport?) to the road. And the scenery has been awesome, because spring is breathing new life–and color–into everything…   Tulip tree in Historic Fredericksburg Rooster at children’s farm in Maymont Robin’s egg Koi in the Japanese… Read more »

This weekend I heard a middle school choral director speak about supporting kids’ creative passions.     He said, kids often don’t continue with music (or art, photography, writing, etc) because somewhere along the way they are told it’s not sensible, that it’s not a “clear and trusted” practical career path.    But, he asked, what if a career in the arts is your bliss? Photo credit: Mallari Sizemore    Dreams are important. When I was a teenager, I concocted big… Read more »