July 31, 2011
Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God’s goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. And then you ask yourself in amazement: Is this really my own life I see before me?
July 28, 2011
I’ve never been into musicals, but I think that may just be about to change. If you’re looking for a burst of good vibes, check out this clip of Broadway phenom Norbert Leo Butz (a Jersey boy) in the musical “Catch Me if You Can.” Maplewood Patch gives details of his Tony-winning performance. Unlikely marquee name, perhaps, but exceptional talent.
July 28, 2011
With a blog as good as any book, dark urban fantasy writer Justine Musk packs a lot of punch into her posts. On her blog, tribalwriter.com, she riffs off of Todd Henry’s book, the Accidental Creative, and really breaks it down. Do the work. Have a life. Create your own meaning. This girl can really throw down.
July 27, 2011
Colonial Park in New Jersey
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
Robert Louis Stevenson
July 26, 2011
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
July 23, 2011
Inspired by a fluffy little bunny in my backyard, this seemed like a good time to mention some paying nature markets. Ocean Magazine, National Parks Conservation Association Magazine, High Country News and Environmental Magazine are just a few of the options out there.
July 21, 2011
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
July 20, 2011
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.
July 12, 2011
One of the most useful resources out there for writing professionals, The Writer Magazine offers a solid article on their website, 50 Simple Rules for Making it as a Writer. Some of the bullet points are obvious (“Learn your craft”) and some are subjective (“Pursue ideas with the greatest commercial potential”) but certainly worth a walk-through.