Friday, April 27, 2007
In my opinion, my cool friend Denyse Schmidt has the edge on hip coolness.
First, she makes incredible quilts, one of which I just had to have both because I loved it and because of it's super appropriate name: "mental blocks" (how could you not own such a quilt?).
It's the very quilt you see here and it's on my sofa where I go when I experience any of these aforementioned blocks (which, needless to say, is often--especially when I'm writing). Sometimes I throw caution to the wind and save myself a step and head straight for the sofa to write since I know I'll end up there at some point. "Mental Blocks" is the perfect antidote to blocks of any kind. Just looking at it makes me want to sing and dance and run and play. What better place to be to write?
To see Denyse's stuff for yourself, check out her site denyseschmidtquilts.com.
Second, she lives in a wildly cool house and you can check it out here.
That's the thing about my quilt. It makes you happy just to look at it.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
"It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City -- New York City is itself a detective story" Agatha Christie
... and here are some other reasons why I love NYC and think it's is a brilliant place to be, particulary as a writer ...
"If there were one city I should pick to live in, it would be New York. It is a city where I walk down the street and feel anything is possible." Maria Schell
"A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again."
Certainly wherever you live,
you can always live in the "anything is possible"...
and find in every day something surprising or new
and say yes to life as a Glorious Adventure
and think again about something you thought you always knew
and hold fast to wonder
and see with the eyes of a child.
It's just in NYC you don't need to travel too far to find it. It's waiting for you on your doorstep.
Monday, April 23, 2007
But the best thing of all?
He's my nephew.
He is also rather bouncy and sometimes known as... Balloon Bird (aka Sir Wilberforce Ping).
Haven't met Balloon Bird yet? Or Sir Wilberforce Ping? Good heavens, we have no time to lose.
Meet him quick: