The cost of creativity

Art / Work and Rest

Some people are good at catchy titles and headlines, but I am not. I complained earlier this week over the effort it took to…

Faster

Creation / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

Faster [This essay first appeared in the December 1999 issue of Notes From Toad Hall.] December is a bad month for speed and stress.…

Listening Before Writing

Community / Work and Rest

I have a new journal, creamy white lined pages in a black moleskin cover with an elastic band that holds it closed. A much…

Bird Feeders

Creation / Work and Rest

A few months back a young couple spent a weekend with us at Toad Hall. Scott had graciously come to help us plaster and…

The Journey Homeward

Art / Work and Rest

Suddenly you know you’re going in the wrong direction. You look back and remember… a place of clatter and quiet, of work and rest,…

Eating the Easter Bunny

Creation / Maturity and Flourishing / Work and Rest

You know, there’s a reason why they call those free range, organic chicken breasts in the super market “Smart Brand.” As opposed to raising…