Why Say Good-Bye When You Can Say Hello?

Everyone has things they’re good at, and well, not so good at. Right? Myself included. I’m not the best at taking criticism. I’m terrible at ignoring messes. And I totally stink at things like change, baking, and good-byes. Ugh. I confess I’ve been putting off writing this post–or even thinking about it–for a few days…

Where Would a B- Effort Bring You?

I was offered the same gift twice. I know that sounds a bit strange. Like there was some lame-o out there who gave me a pair of my own used socks or something. But that’s not the case. This gift was one that–while it was given to me twice–I could only accept once. The first…

Rules of the Open Page

Did you ever notice how many rules–and exceptions to those rules–are involved in written English? I can’t speak for other languages since I haven’t written in them since my tenth grade French class where Je voudrais manger! was often my ending journal note before the final bell. The class, being the last before lunch, would…

This Week, a Poem & A Reminder

Transitions Seems this is the time for lots of change: The school year ends, that final bell letting freedom ring in a way no second graders’ song could ever quite accomplish. Teachers pack their classrooms into groaning cardboard boxes, stuff them into cabinets, the smell of dry erase and eighth grade boys in need of…

Is Inspiration Overrated?

Inspiration. It’s that nebulous idea that there is some sort of awesomeness out there just waiting to bring our senses–and our writing–to life. When we think of it, we conjure images of trees in a profusion of pink blossoms–or the opposite–with their colors ablaze in autumn glory. Or we think of big events: weddings, funerals,…

Just Different: Writing versus Typing

I love my laptop. I really do. It’s smooth-looking, lightweight, and typing on it makes me feel like a pro. But the other day when technical issues forced me to write by hand, I remembered why, for years, I didn’t want a portable computer: writing things out by hand is just different. I tried to…

The Writers’ Creed

  Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash   We are the holders of pens and the lovers of pages. We are the bangers of keys who multi-save to the cloud—just in case. We are the tellers of tales, the authors of essays, and the source of those greatly-needed grants. We are the screamers of poems. We are writers and…

Chaos, Order, and Transformation

When I came into into work this morning, I gasped. I had forgotten that there was a new show put up at the Racine Arts Council, Blase Masini’s Chaos & Order. It’s striking. But more than just something to look at, this show has true transformative power. It’s a completely different space down here! And…

A Picture is Worth 550-some Words: Results of A Creative Prompt

I’m so excited. This Saturday is my chance to actually meet you. And your chance to come down to the Racine Arts Council to meet the creator of this week’s inspirational prompt piece, Eric R. Peterson. Eric and all the artists involved in the Vital Arts show will be here at 409 Sixth Street in…

Inspiration is Everywhere

Have you ever felt like there was nothing inspiring to write about? I have too. But not lately! This gig as the Racine Writer-in-Residence just keeps getting better and better. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and feel like I’m really getting into a groove. Today, I’d like to invite you to groove…