Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Playing with Fire

When I began writing this blog, I thought it would be about my life as an artist, about lampworking, making beads from glass. Maybe a little bit about the creative process.
After reading through my posts, it suprised me to discover that I have hardly written about beadmaking at all. This has turned into a running commentary of my life, loves, musings, shortcomings, spirituality, politics, and other things in-between.
In consideration of these topics, I can honestly say this blog is aptly named. I guess I really am playing with fire. My opinions are my own, and many might disagree with me. My musings are introspective, my shortcomings are many, my spirituality is hybrid, and my politics lean left. I don't even know if anybody really reads this, but it's OK. The writing is therapeutic, and I feel that some of what I say matters. The more I write, the more authentic I feel. I realize that it's not necessary for everybody to agree on everything, but if a dialogue can begin, maybe I have made a little bit of a difference.
I will continue to play with fire, one way or another. Thanks for reading. Peace.


I bought some brand new Rocketdogs! For those of you who know me, you know I have an affinity for Rocketdogs, cute fabric shoes with rubber toes and peace signs. They make me feel like I am 12 years old again, in a good way. I found some on Amazon at a great price, and had to have them.

I really don't buy many things, I am more of a thrift store shopper. I hate to pay full price. To say I am frugal would be kind. But every now and then something calls to me, and I must give in to the urge. These shoes are my guilty pleasure. They are a way for me to say I am not ready to grow up all the way yet. Give me a little more time to be playful and colorful. Even if my job is serious, even if the world is challenging, even if things are more difficult than we imagined, lets take a few minutes and play-be lighthearted-be colorful-be childlike. I think then we might just be more open to the wonders of the Universe which await us.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Congratulations President Obama, on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The recognition afforded you by winning this prestigious award is exactly what is needed now. The United States has been in an emotional and physical depression far too long; one which you inherited. The naysayers and hatemongers will be appalled by and attempt to negate any accomplishments you achieve. I salute you in your quest to bring peace to our world. I hope that in light of the message behind the Nobel Peace Prize you rethink our presence in Afghanistan and bring our troops home safely, now.