The good stuff

The good stuff is a weekly roundup of what I’ve been doing, reading, listening to, watching, etc., simmered down to five tidbits for quick consumption.


Creating: At li’l E’s school this week they hosted an artist who works with silver. She spent a couple of hours teaching the kids how to stamp silver and copper jewelry. They hammered out designs on zipper pulls and jewelry as part of the lesson. Nevada Watt is the artist’s name, and she did a super job of working with the students. I also got to make something! Check out Nevada’s work. She’s a true pro.

My jewelry attempt!


Noticing: Spring officially arrived this week. So did the swans. This was taken with my new zoom lens.

This game of swans paused in our field before moving to greener pastures.


Listening: I love this song, Found/Tonight, that the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and fantastic Ben Platt released this week. It appeals to my love for musical theater because it’s a “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen” mashup, but the message is particularly poignant. It was created for the kids who are marching for our lives. Even as a jaded Generation Xer, I can’t help but be inspired by the passion and fight in these Florida high schoolers. They are taking on politicians, the NRA and the haters. They might not win the battle, but I’m hoping they’ll turn the tide of public opinion and ultimately win the war.


Reading: The Kinsey Millhone alphabet mystery series by the late Sue Grafton. My Dad started me on these, and I’m loving the heroine’s quirky style. She likes to jog, enjoys a drink, relishes her independence and I appreciate the competence with which she does her job and solves the mystery. She doesn’t always play by the rules, and that’s part of the fun as well. Also, there is a refreshing lack of technology as the series takes place in the 1980s before smartphones and Twitter took over the world.


FYI: If you like some of the photos I’ve posted on this site, I’ve put some of them on products like notecards, cell phone covers, totes, etc. You can view them at my shop here. But here’s a snapshot of my two favorite creations:

Brothers on the county road playing with a discarded piece of baling twine.

6 thoughts on “The good stuff

  1. Love, love, love ❤️❤️❤️ your best creations! Thanks for sharing them in print and in life. Now, where can I get some blue bailing twine?!!.😉 I, too, am a huge fan of Sue Grafton. She has been a constant companion these last few years. Sadly, with her passing, there will be no “Z is for ______”.

  2. I so enjoy your posts! The swans are incredible, your boys playing with the twine are delightful and I love the necklace you made. What an awesome artist in residence experience!

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