Caw!

In my continual desire to improve myself, I sign up like a madwoman for many online courses. Right now I am taking two such from Coursera (one on American historical fiction, another on witchcraft - from the University of Barcelona, no less), two embroidery classes from Craftsy, a ukulele class or two, and one on healing…

Some people say these are the worst of times…

Ah, Styx.....How I loved them, still do. Was mellowing out to music today while stabbing a felted mushroom (yes, my life is odd) and this came up on iTunes Shuffle. I loved Styx in the day, though sometimes their heavy musicality, like that of the Alan Parson's Project, overwhelmed my ears like too much Beethoven's…

Procrastination and classes and writing

Back when I was married, I had a certain amount of degree envy. My hyper-intelligent ex has either 2 or 3 Master's degrees, a PhD, and a bunch of post doctoral education. I found myself wanting more and more degrees to reduce the "escalation dominance" of his education over mine. Well, I learned lots. I…

Growing creatives…

Had a wonderful breakfast chat with my chum this AM - we were both talking about whether to go to school at our mutually advanced ages. I have a mad urge to go for a MFA, to get one degree that actually speaks to my creative side. It'd look odd beside the nursing and health…

Confessions of a former scientist…

I'm almost ashamed to admit this, given the atmosphere here in Canada of late. I was raised...sniff...wait a moment...in a scientific family. Yes, my parents foolishly expected me to wonder about the causes of things, to enquire and explore. My mother, though a lawyer, fell under my father's spell. She'd make me argue, using facts…

the joys and oddities of serendipity

Sometimes, a little hand pops along the small of your back and urges you forward, just a little but, just in the "c'mon girl, let's go this way" kind of way. I always cherish these messages from the universe, and try to listen to them. They haven't steered me too wrong as yet, although getting used to Scrivener and the switch…