A Willy-nilly Day

May 20 by

There’s a soft rain falling.  I’m sitting at my desk with the window in front of me open.  Two cats are perched on the shelf in front of the open window that I put there specifically for them (but now tends to house stacks of papers and books).  They are tolerating each other well.   We’re all mesmerized by the sounds and the smells coming from the open window.  And comfortable just hanging out in the same room together. It’s been that kind of day, though earlier it was sultry.  (Hot and moist in the south equals air that’s like breathing in liquid, and a stifling wet heat that sinks into your clothes and all the way to the skin.)  But today, I spent tooling around with a friend of mine.  We went to an...

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Ask Inkwell: Help! I’m not an expert!

April 11 by

When we speak from our own experiences, then we are the ONLY expert.

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The Difference Between Forcing and Allowing Inspiration

February 18 by

Many times we try to force ourselves to be inspired.  From my perspective, that rarely works.  But, if we’re willing to allow inspiration – it comes. “What’s the difference?” you might ask.  Well, let me see if I can explain. Forcing is trying to make something happen that doesn’t want to happen. When we try to force inspiration, it becomes elusive.  We sit and struggle with the words, or with the pencil, the brush, the project, the whatever.  We can’t get started because we think there’s no spark.  Or we start something just to become frustrated because it doesn’t come easily. I knew I wanted to write a post about inspiration.  So, I sat down at the computer, and opened a document.  The cursor blinked at me.  And blinked at me.  I started trying...

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