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Notes from Past Conversations

One of the benefits to come out of downsizing is the sorting through of things, notes, boxes, shelves, and nooks and cranies. Lots of things turn up. I have been putting the little scraps of things into my current journal if they mean something to me. Here’s a little note I made after a conversation […]

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End of Year Wrap Up 2023

I am a log keeper a chart maker. I always have been. The chronology of tasks and events is something that has always interested me. Perhaps because we moved so often when I was a child the records I kept also kept me grounded in a quickly changing arrangement of locations and faces.  I have […]

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Flood Debris Part 3—Rubber Stamp Masking

From the 1980s until November 2016 I gathered a rather large rubber stamp collection. I used the rubber stamps for mail art and as art tools in my journaling and art. While I gave most of the stamps (and storage boxes and index) to a young stamper in 2016 (in a move I realize now […]

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Flood Debris Part 2—Art Pack

I know I have hobby horses—those pet schemes and interests that you keep coming back to over and over. And nothing has preoccupied my adult life more than the efforts to get other people to draw. (I’m just bossy that way.) What’s funny and fun for me to see, while going through the water-logged debris […]

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Flood Debris Part 1: Doodles

Don’t get me wrong, I love water. I know it’s necessary to life (years of living adjacent to a desert gave me ample feedback on that!). But I don’t like water anywhere in my home—no plants to create humidity, no water features or burbling of any kind.  I like things dry. I put this down […]

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What I Did During the Pandemic: Thinking about Frames

Of course one of the things I did during the Pandemic was to keep sketching and painting. There didn’t seem much point to stop, since it’s a life-long habit. But also I got to the point I couldn’t have stopped if I had wanted to because I started getting obsessed with gallery walls. The downsizing […]

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Boxes and Boxes of Books…

Today’s image is about old brush pens. The page says everything I want to say about that.  I’m distracted. What I’ve been doing is unpacking boxes of books. I am finding it takes a different muscle set. The constant bending, the twisting, the lifting always a little more than you really can handle. It has […]

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Snow Piles, We’ve Seen the Last of Them, for Now

Sometimes projects sneak up on us. Sometimes projects are simply the manifestation of a habit. Sometimes it’s fun to catch up on scanning your journal pages and seeing the massive amounts of snow you’ve just dealt with. (Actually I wasn’t doing much dealing with it—Dick was the one creating 7-foot tall snow piles on either […]

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In Context: Thoughts about Memory

Everything has been churned up in my life for the past several years. Covid slowed, to almost a halt, a downsizing that I’m just beginning to see the possible end to. But the last five years have had me also thinking a lot about memory. Then I find myself watching TV and another step of […]

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Excitement over Lard

You’d think it was a slow day from my excited comment about lard on this journal page. It’s wistfulness. I bought two types of lard from “Fat City.” They reached expiration date (even stored in the freezer!) because I didn’t have the kitchen space to set up to make some savory pies, during this downsizing […]

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