August 6, 2017

The summer has ended abruptly, slamming shut the wide open spaces I had been using to create. This blip of a summer was my muse, and I loved every minute of envisioning and making. 

The last two weeks of July would find me in Maine, that distant place wher...

June 21, 2017

Using creativity is hard work. It is challenging, frustrating, and sometimes feels lonely, doesn't it? We need encouragement to keep going. There are oodles of books and blogs (haha) and quotes and movies and videos that encourage creative people, but...

April 17, 2017

Recently I took a few of the top students in my English class to a non-profit organization dedicated to papermaking, book binding, and letterpress. It was a trip of firsts. My first time leading a field trip, and my first time making paper. 

It seems fitti...

March 28, 2017

April is around the corner, and is also National Poetry Month, so you should write a poem.

Now, I know what some of you are saying. “But Karly, I can’t even read poetry, let alone write it.” or “I can enjoy reading poems, but there is no way I could write...

March 1, 2017

There are weeks that fall heavy, sharp, and cold, like an icy rain in a winter of unusual warmth. There are thoughts reverberating about our brains that crush our ideas, pick apart our dreams, and dissect our hopes until all what is left is skeletal and l...

February 14, 2017

Winter always brings us close to the reality that there are seasons. The purposes of those seasons are for good, and the incubation of ideas can be compost for our creative dreams. Sometimes, though, there are things that keep us from creating. Of course...

February 1, 2017

It was probably something small―do you remember it? A picture, or a place setting, a package or a envelope scrawled in lilting cursive. Somewhere in your soul a little hope sprouted, new and thrilling. A small seed of desire to make something pushed throu...

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