Why This Is Awesome: About five years ago, I shared a few photos of a makeshift garden of artistic horrors that lived behind a local tattoo parlor in my hometown of Indianapolis. One of the things I loved most about that space was how it […]
Works of art make rules, but rules do not make works of art.
— Claude Debussy, French composer
Seven years ago I wrote one of those posts you find in most bloggers’ archives used to humanize the person behind the keyboard. Y’ know, the ones where I tell you a little about me that you may not have gleaned from my regular tales […]
As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.
— Paul Robeson, American singer, actor and human rights activist
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
— Kurt Vonnegut, American author, artist and activist
I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk.
Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea.
How you decorate your home. Or […]
I’ve never been one for crowds, cliques or entourages. Subsequently, I’ve never really been a part of a team that wasn’t a requirement for a school project, work assignment, community-organized event, or gym class. Being a part of a group or associated with a label, […]
Why This Is Awesome: Two years ago yesterday, I returned from my first — but hopefully not my last — trip to Paris. Not surprisingly, my Instagram reminded me of those days of hopping on an Icelandair plane and traveling to the City of Lights […]
I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing.
Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself.
There is no Rule 2.
— William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry), American short story writer, speaking of the storytelling genre he mastered like no other
Why This Is Awesome: One of my first lotus moments here on the blog was of a ceiling fan in a local coffeehouse in my hometown of Indianapolis. I went there to read, write and people watch — you know, the typical coffeehouse behavior — […]