So Why Put a Bird on it?

4efEveryone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?

David Attenborough

One of the most famous sketches in the hit show “Portlandia” is the “Put a Bird on It” sketch” where Frank and Carrie, the actors mock the epidemic use of birds on crafty, artsy items that abound on Etsy, other internet commerce sites and of course, Portland hipster stores. (I live an hour from Portland).  Not too soon after, T-shirts, cups, and posters started appearing with the meme, “Put a bird on it.”

Beyond being a birder at an early age and loving the uniqueness of birds.  I have several feeders about my house and so love watching the chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and juncos as they feed.  They are my neighbors.  They fascinate me as they have with humanity for centuries.

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The Art of Finding Creative Inspiration

I find now when I am stymied on what to write about, make in my studio, or do with my day, I come back to these words by Mary Oliver from her poem “Sometimes”…..

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So simple, so powerful.

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Photo courtesy austinkleon.com

The Power of Practice

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” 
― Aristotle

256px-you_are_here_-_street_signLearning can be a clunky experience.  It can be humbling and gratifying at the same time.  But…A little bit every day amounts to a lot every week.  If you have the habit of listening to a little voice in your head that says “You’ll never be good enough,” kindly ask that voice that you are not interested in their opinion and to go find somebody else’s head to occupy.  Then keep on keeping on.

I have realized rather late in life that I have the power to kick out the demons out of my head that have come calling to sabotage my self-esteem.  I show them the door. Then I invite the angels that flit about my head to come in for more pleasant conversation.  “Way to go!  Good work!  Such improvement! Encouragement is far more powerful than self-criticism.  Honestly, we creative types would never talk to others like we can talk to our own sweet selves

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Set the timer and show up for 20 minutes at a pop.

img_1861Guitar- yes I can finally play that F chord on my tenor guitar as with many others and even sing some songs.  I thought I’d never get there.

Yes, there are paintings in my class that are better than mine but I am on my way. img_1858

Writing.  After 20 minutes here and there over months, my memoir piece is finally almost done.

I am learning that there is no such thing as there.  You are never there because there is a moving target.  There is where you are right now on a journey celebrating milestones along the way.

Enjoy the ride.  Really, that’s what it’s all about.

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On my kitchen bulletin board