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#ds29 – Shortbread from Secret Santa
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Image by Sharon Drummond
"Show us some food you eat today, using DOF, perspective, or other tricks you’ve learned so far to make everyone hungry!"

We have a Secret Santa thing going on at work this week. Today’s gift from my amazing Santa was this wonderful tin of homemade shortbread. While the first three gifts of the week were supposed to be small little trinkets, my Secret Santa could have handed me this tin as the main gift tomorrow, and I would have been thrilled. I adore shortbread, and this stuff is wonderful!

Carriage House Café & Tearoom at Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate reopens for the season April 26
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Image by Cape May MAC
Photo by Susan Krysiak/Courtesy of MAC

CAPE MAY — Visitors to Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., can enjoy a delicious lunch or afternoon tea when the Carriage House Café & Tearoom reopens for the season Friday, April 26. Enjoy free, convenient parking on the estate and combine your meal with a wide variety of tours and activities on the grounds and throughout Cape May, offered by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
Gracious, yet casual, dining awaits with a café menu that includes signature sandwiches, salads and tea sandwiches, as well as homemade soups and quiche, plus the popular Classic Tea Luncheon and Afternoon Tea featuring loose tea service and specialty teas from the House of Tea in Philadelphia.
Visitors to Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., can purchase a bottle of wine to accompany their lunch or afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, now that the Emlen Physick Estate has been approved by the state of New Jersey as an outlet for the retail sale of wine by Cape May Winery. Visitors may also purchase bottles at the Carriage House Museum Shop for consumption in approved outdoor areas as well as to take home as a souvenir. Cape May Winery, located at 711 Townbank Road, North Cape May, has grown over the past two decades to produce some of South Jersey’s most distinguished wines.
The Carriage House Café & Tearoom reopens for the season April 26. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through May 22 and daily beginning May 23.
Located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, The Carriage House is a historic building in its own right. Built in 1876, the dining tables in the Carriage House Café & Tearoom are intimately arranged in the original stalls that were home to the Estate’s carriage horses. The tack cases now display gifts offered in the adjacent Carriage House Museum Shop. The Carroll Gallery, also located in the Carriage House and home to changing exhibits, once housed the Estate’s carriages. You can also dine outside on the brick patio beneath the red-striped tent overlooking the Estate’s remembrance and herb gardens. Here you’ll enjoy a wonderful view of the main house and its grounds with traditional Victorian plantings and landscape design.
Combine lunch with a visit to the Physick Estate house museum, an 18-room mansion restored to its original splendor, where you’ll learn how the Physick family lived, one of Cape May’s wealthiest Victorian families. All areas of the Carriage House are wheelchair accessible. The first floor of the Physick House is also accessible.
If you have a busy schedule, everything is available for takeout, too. For reservations call 609-224-6064.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s website at capemaymac.org. For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508. . For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at capemaylodging.com.

Adobe Creative Sweets
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Image by nicole_writes
Homemade sugar cookies with royal icing. A Christmas gift for my nerdy graphic design friends. I’m going to remake them after Christmas on cupcakes.

Only a few of the Adobe Creative Sweets, I made .. I understand I am a nerd for this too. Also, its really hard to make the correct colors with just the primary color food colorings.

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Host a Galentine’s Gift Exchange to Connect with Your Besties

I miss the “good old days” — the carefree days, pre-Covid 19, when social gatherings were still a thing. I miss my girlfriends A LOT. I miss our hugs. I miss our monthly Book Club get-togethers at our favorite watering hole where we’d sit for hours, chatting and laughing the night away, sans interruption from kids & significant others. I miss all the stuff! But we all realize the need to keep our distance to keep each other safe and…

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Better than Wine
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Image by yummysmellsca
A mix of ready-to-eat and unripe Concord grapes from our backyard vineyard made for a perfectly set, tangy jam that I canned to give away for Christmas gifts! I have another 5 lbs of grapes in the freezer for a second batch!

yummysmells.blogspot.com/2011/10/j-in-your-pb.html

Little boxes, on the countertop …
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Image by mskogly
Yes, that was a Weeds reference. I think the boxes turned out beautifully, I’m really happy with the result. It only took a few minutes to make them, and I know that with a nice ribbon around you won’t even need to giftwrap them with paper. Just buy some nice gifts for your family or loved ones, and pop them inn, and you’re done. I know my parents will be thrilled if they get such personalised gifts for christmas, handpainted by their grand-children.

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10 Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Wife in 2021

You found the love of your life. When you met, you knew she was the one for you. You decided to spend your lives together. To share each day. Until death do you part. She’s just the most perfect woman. So… how do you find her the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? We would love to help!

First step: simply let all the stress of Valentine’s Day shopping drift away. It’s true that it could be stressful to find the ideal valentine for your wife, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Just take a moment and think about her. What kind of gifts has she responded to in the past? What kind of things does she like? What is her style? What are her passions? Her interests?

Now, you’re ready to shop. To help make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite Valentine’s Day gifts. Take a peek. You just might find The One that will make your wife smile.

Together in Love Personalized Diamond Ring

Together in Love Personalized Diamond Ring

Elegantly engraved with both of your names! This classy ring is the epitome of romance. The beautiful solid sterling silver setting is graced with gleaming 18K gold plating to highlight your personalization. Two flowing bands intersect the design with the shimmer of 24 genuine white diamonds, which is sure to catch her eye. There’s even a romantic engraving hidden inside the band. Includes a custom gift box.

Forever & Always Personalized Diamond Pendant Necklace

Forever & Always Personalized Diamond Pendant Necklace

Graced with your names and matching birthstones! What better way to show her your hearts are united than with this beautiful couples necklace. The dual-heart design shimmers with 18K gold plating on solid sterling silver, while your 2 faceted crystal birthstones dangle together from the top. And just wait until she sees how your names are joined – the perfect punctuation of a heart-shaped genuine diamond. Arrives with a jewelry pouch and gift box for giving to your valentine.

Together Cheek to Cheek Personalized Ring

Sparkles with your names and birthstones! This ring’s gorgeous design is handcrafted to symbolize the harmony of your life, spent side-by-side. Defined with your 2 crystal birthstones right in the center and embraced by your 2 engraved names, it’s a dramatic statement that’s hard to miss. There are even 22 glittering clear crystals to emphasize the point. Plus, there is a little love note engraved inside the band just for her. Arrives with a custom gift box for Valentine’s Day gift giving.

Forever in Love Diamond Ring

Forever in Love Diamond Ring

Features 3 handset genuine diamonds! With its unique open filigree heart design, this romantic ring is certain to get her attention (and the attention of others every time she wears it). The band is handcrafted of solid sterling silver with 18K rose gold plating to accentuate its nostalgic look. And the 3 diamonds not only catch the light just right, but they symbolize the today, tomorrow and always of love’s eternity. She will adore that special touch. You can even present it to her in the custom gift box, included with the ring.

Forever Yours Pendant Necklace

Forever Yours Pendant Necklace

Give her a beautiful rose that lasts forever! Just like your devotion, this stunning ruby necklace will endure. Showcased right in the center of the 18K gold-plated heart pendant is a sculpted single red rose – the perfect “I love you.” Surrounding the graceful flower is the ultimate Valentine’s Day bouquet – more than a dozen glistening red rubies. Just imagine the look on her face when she opens the custom gift box to discover this beauty.

Sweet Decadence Diamond Pendant Necklace

Sweet Decadence Diamond Pendant Necklace

A luxurious statement of 25 genuine diamonds! The sweet style of this eye-catching necklace is sure to take her breath away. Handcrafted of solid sterling silver and lavishly plated in 18K gold, the uniquely shaped pendant provides an ideal setting for the ultimate decadence: 17 mocha-colored diamonds and 8 glittering white diamonds. It even comes with a velvet jeweler’s pouch and custom presentation box for concealing your gift until Cupid is ready to strike.

Love Today, Tomorrow, Always Personalized Ornament

Romantic Illuminated Glass Ornament

Personalized with a message from your heart! Make every holiday season a special one when you create a Christmas heirloom just for her. This hand-blown glass ornament is graced with a romantic expression of your bond, amidst golden swirls. But the true gift is the dangling heart charm inscribed with your names or message of love. It even lights up to draw attention to your devotion and arrives in a custom keepsake box for both gift giving and storage after the holidays.

You & Me, Our Love Was Meant To Be Personalized Figurine

Precious Moments Personalized Couples Figurine

Put the perfect punctuation on your passion! For your soul mate, your best friend, your better half… there’s no more ideal Valentine’s Day gift. This handcrafted figurine makes a wonderful expression of your storybook romance captured with a signature teardrop-eyed Precious Moment® couple. Leaning in for a kiss, the adorable twosome rest on a ampersand symbol featuring both of your names, for a symbolic expression of your union.

Love Blooms Forever Personalized Table Centerpiece

Love Blooms Forever Personalized Musical Floral Centerpiece

Better than chocolates, better than flowers, this valentine lasts for years to come! Just wait until she unwraps this first-of-a-its-kind centerpiece blooming with love and romance. 12 hand-made Always in Bloom® roses are beautifully arranged within a heart-shaped box, sealed with a glass lid and your custom touch: both your names incorporated into a personalized love letter. There’s even a lovely soundtrack to your Valentine’s Day because this unique gift plays the melody of “Always in My Heart.”

Our Love Story Personalized Candleholder

Our Love Story Personalized Candleholder

See your passion burn brighter this Valentine’s Day! Your love story is beautifully expressed with this Heirloom Porcelain® candleholder and vanilla-scented candle. A romantic mood is set instantly with the 22K gold-accented message across the front. She is sure to be captivated by your gesture! But the first thing she will notice when she opens up the equally impressive gift box is the heart charm dangling from the lid. Both of your names are engraved there to make it a glowing (and personal) tribute to your bond.

Well, there you have it. 10 great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for wives. Did you see The One for your wife? We trust any shopping stress has left you and been replaced with inspiration and the anticipation of a very happy Valentine’s Day. Thanks for reading. We hope your February 14 is filled with lots of love and happiness.

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2010-12-13 – Fruit Leather – 0003
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Image by smiteme
Homemade fruit leather for criFSMas gift baskets.

Blogged here: criFSMas 2010: The Big Fat Saucy Vegan Food Post.

Handing out Some Christmas Cheer
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Image by Chiot’s Run
Growing up my mom always made tons of Christmas cookies, caramels and other goodies and sent a big plate full to each neighbor. We’ve done something similar since we moved in here. I’m not much of a cookie maker when it comes to the holidays, I prefer chocolates and other things like caramel corn. We also don’t stop at the neighbors when spreading delicious holiday cheer. We take goodies for everyone at the Post Office, the library and our small town local bank. Of course we live in a small town, so each of these place only has 4-7 employees.

chiotsrun.com/2010/12/15/spreading-some-holiday-cheer/

Coloriffic Swap-o-Rama – My First Ever Swap!
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Image by mintlipgloss
Here’s my first-ever "Coloriffic Swap-o-Rama" swap package. The theme for the month of December, 2006 was rich buttery yellow and cocoa brown. The stipulations of the swap? The colors have to match, at least one item has to be homemade, and the gifts should come from the heart. I made my gift-ee the "String Bag" from www.sugarncream.com and a homemade card (using Stampin’ Up products, of course!). Because she likes to crochet and make homemade cards, I threw in some cute yellow eyelets, a package of Stampin’ Up cardstock in "Chocolate Chip." a rubber stamping magazine, and five skeins of yarn (two of Paton’s Classic Wool Merino in "Chestnut Brown" and three of Garnstudio Karisma in color "20.") My gift is going to Europe, and I hope my new swap friend has as much fun with it as I had buying it for her!

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A Wonderful Gift

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A Wonderful Gift
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Image by Gamma-Ray Productions
Got this signed photograph from Madness’s guitarist Chris Foreman because I was the 1000th message on the ‘Chris’s Cupboard’ page on the Madness Website.
L-R: Lee Thompson, Mike Barson, Mark Bedford, Dan Woodgate, Chris Foreman, Carl Smyth (Chas Smash), and Graham McPherson (Suggs).
Photographer Unknown.

Here’s some facts about who they are: Madness is a British ska band that debuted in the late ’70s and were a British success throughout the early ’80s, mostly due to their singles. They were popular for all ages in the U.K., Europe and Australia though they had limited success in North America, their single ‘Our House’ being their one-hit wonder there (the song was recently used in coffee commercials). They disbanded in 1986 due to conflicting ideas and stress with the loss of Mike Barson, the band’s keyboardist and major songwriter/disipliner. They played Madstock reunion concerts (Barson included) in the ’90s and have now just released a new album, "The Liberty of Norton Folgate." Their trademark ‘Nutty Sound’ has become a U.K. national treasure as they continue to write and produce music.
Major mention should also go to their producers, Clive Langer and Alan Winstantley, who both helped make the band so popular.

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Image by top10things
Best Christmas gift ideas for the Intelectual Game Enthusiast

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The old livery stable, Fairbank, Arizona USA

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The old livery stable, Fairbank, Arizona USA
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Image by Crunchy Footsteps
homemade paint can camera, paper negative, 43 sec exp, scanned and processed in Photoshop

The stable seems a bit airy these days.

Fairbank is just down the road apiece from Tombstone, Arizona, and it’s heyday was about the same time. Unlike Tombstone, Fairbank was regarded as a "family-friendly" town, with a rail stop, next to the San Pedro River. It’s function as a railway stop for goods and people was one of it’s economic resources, and a silver mine for employ was the other. It’s name became officially "Fairbank" in 1883, when it’s first post office opened.

Even though quieter than nearby Tombstone, it did have a famous violent train robbery attempt in 1900.

Fairbank’s last residents left in the 1970s, and it is now a ghost town. It is being preserved however, and the schoolhouse has been restored, acting as a museum, visitor’s center, and gift shop.

image made January 15, 2010

To Ivy From Eden II
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Image by edenpictures

a gift for Mom
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Image by Glass Elements
A birthday gift for my mom, I think she”ll love it! Handpainted silk scarf (thanks, MadeWithLovingHands.etsy.com !) and coordinating fused glass jewelry set.

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Baklava Inspired Cream Fondant
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Image by yummysmellsca
Made a "baklava" flavoured cream fondant for no reason (other than to have an ingredient for holiday gifts later in the year). Between the honey, amber agave nectar, rosewater, cinnamon and walnuts, it’s a HEAVENLY concoction that really does evoke memories of the Mediterranean pastry!

yummysmells.blogspot.ca/2013/03/baklava-cream-fondant.html

Annihilation.
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Image by solarisgirl
Great book! And again, sf saves me from drowning in visual entertainment ( Movies and series are nice too – but they are a totally different way of enjoyment. Once you have even glimsed the richness that books can offer you – it’s difficult to give it up and settle for movies. ). Last time it was Ender’s Game that saved me and the time before that – it was Blindsight. This time I had not read a book since 3 months , except for some light historical romance. Then I started Phantoms in the Brain ( which was nice but but slow ? and I gave up). Stumbled on the movie trailer of Annihilation and saw it and I loved the movie. When I read it’s based on a book, I was excited and bought it immediately. Missed half a day of work due to late night reading but was totally worth it. Such a great story and great style of writing! Million thanks to VanderMeer for writing this!
It’s been long since I was so addicted to a book series and I’ve started with the second book in the trilogy – Authority – today which seems promising too!

I marvelled at the fact that I had been given such a gift: not just to lose myself in the present moment so utterly but also to have such solitude, which was all I had ever craved during my studies, my practise to reach this point.

That’s how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.

A ghost bird might be a hawk in one place, a crow in another, depending on the context. The sparrow that shot up into the blue sky one morning might transform mid-flight into an osprey the next. This was the way of things here. There were no reasons so mighty that they could over ride the desire to be in accord with the tides and the passage of seasons and the rhythms underlying everything around me.

If I don’t have real answers, it is because we still don’t know what questions to ask. Our instruments are useless, our methodology broken, our motivations selfish.

[Edit 01-05-2018]
Finished Authority and Acceptance too. Such a great story and it’s been a long time since I was so affected by a story.
Some interesting lines from Authority:
Have we been compromised by our own data? The answer is: Of course.

Belief in a scientific process only took you so far. The ziggurats of illogic erected by your average domestic terrorist as he or she bought the fertiliser or made a detonator took on their own teethering momentum and power. When those towers crashed to the earth,they still existed whole in the perpetrator’s mind and everyone else’s too- just for different reasons.

A circle looks at a square and sees a badly made circle.

To analyze certain things, an object must allow itself to be analyzed, must agree to it. Even if this is just simply by way of some response, some reaction.

And some lines that I liked from Acceptance:
"What’s wrong with questions?"
"Nothing." Everything.Once the questions snuck in, whatever had been certain became uncertain.Questions opened the way for doubt.

Perhaps a copy could also be superior to the original, create a new reality by avoiding old mistakes.

But most nights you can almost believe you are a trucker, and that these people are your sort-of friends.

Sometimes, too, other people gave you their light, and could seem to flicker, to be hardly visible at all, if no one took care of them. Because they’d given you too much and had nothing left for themselves.

Would that not be the final humbling of the human condition? That the trees and birdss, the fox and the rabbitt , the wolf and the deer… reach a point where they do not even notice us, as we are transformed.

So we give up. We live on the island, make ourselves hats out of leaves, take bounty from the sea. Build a house from the ribs of one of the leviathans from his dreams. Listen to homemade dance music while drinking moonshine distilled from poisonous weeds. Turn away from the real world because it doesn’t exist anymore.

A whale can injure another whale with its sonar. A whale can speak to another whale across sixty miles of ocean. A whale is as intelligent as we are, just in a way we can’t quite measure or understand. Because we’re these incredibly blunt instruments.

"If you took away the insane people, no one would be left."
"Except me, except me and, maybe, you."
"Except the birds and the deer and the otter."
"Except the hills and the lakes."

But what if you discover that the price of purpose is to render invisible so many other things?

What if an infection was a message, a brightness, a kind of symphony? As a defense? Am odd form of communication? If so, the message had not been received, would probably never be received, the message buried in the transformation itself. Having to reach for such banal answers because of a lack of imagination, because human beings couldn’t even put themselves in the mind of a cormorant or an owl or a whale or a bumblebee.

Later Whitby will regale you with information on how quantum mechanics impacts photosynthesis, which is all about "antenna receiving light and antenna can be hacked", about how "one organism might peer out from another organism but not live there," of how plants "talk" to one another, how communication can occurr in chemical form and through processes so invisible to human beings that the sudden visibility of it would be "an irreparable shock to the system."

"I told my mom this is a school, too, but that didn’t work. "
"What’s ‘this’?"
"The tidal pools. The forest. The trails. All of it."

"The only solution to the environment is neglect, which requires our collapse."

They walked for a long time, throwing pebbles in the air.

The letter at the end really touched me for some inexplicable reason – I re-read it multiple times and it was as evocative as the last letter by Robert Frobisher or even the letter written by Christopher McCandless to Ron at the end.
Somehow the part of walking while throwing pebbles in the air or the part where it is suggested that the other beings do not even notice us reminded me of that wonderful story in Roadside Picnic. And the part of the trees talking and it being incomprehensible to us – a small reminder to The Hidden Life of Trees.

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Image from page 188 of “St. Nicholas [serial]” (1873)
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Identifier: stnicholasserial71dodg
Title: St. Nicholas [serial]
Year: 1873 (1870s)
Authors: Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905
Subjects: Children’s literature
Publisher: [New York : Scribner & Co.]
Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Then I trimmed a lovely hat,—Oh, how sweet she looked in that! And dear, my sakes, that was nt all,I bought her next a parasol !

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She looked so grand when she was dressedYou really never would have guessedHow very plain she seemed to beThe day when first she came to me. Vol. VII.—12. 170 HOW JOE BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE. [December, HOW JOE BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE.By Mariox Conant. Well, girls, there is one way we can helpboth father and ourselves in these hard times,said Bessie Foot, while her elder sisters looked upfrom their occupations with kind, interested faces. We can give up our birthdays or Christmas,began Bessie, slowly. That is a good idea, broke in Emily, theolder sister. These numerous gift-days andpleasure-makings draw too heavily upon all ourpockets. But what will Joe say? This time theynearly all spoke in concert. After a little pause, Bessie said, with hopefuldecision : Oh, perhaps he wont care. Now Joe was the last, but by no means the least,member in Mr. Foots family. He had arrivedlate, after this goodly row of girls, and after hisparents had given up an earlier and often ex-pressed desire that

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Give Creativity: Word(s) of the Day 2/23/2016
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"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."

― Pablo Picasso

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"We stand before a bonfire or even a burning house and feel the odd release it brings, as if the trees could give the sun return for what enters them through the leaf."

― Lewis Hyde

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"Dazzling and tremendous how quick the sun-rise would kill me,
If I could not now and always send sun-rise out of me."

― Walt Whitman

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"The initial gift is what is bestowed upon the self — by perception, experience, intuition, imagination, a dream, a vision, or by another work of art. Occasionally the unrefined materials of experience or imagination are finished works, in which case the artist is merely a transmitter or medium. But it is rare for the initial material to be the finished work of art; we must usually labor with it. The ability to do the labor is the second gift."

― Lewis Hyde

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It’s been two weeks, and somehow this practice is as surprising and engaging today as it was when I first started. Every day, new words arise and I set about the task of quietly arranging these little sacred objects on my windowsill until they mean something. Most of the time, I have no idea what it will be. Every morning, I find myself starting from a place of doubt — surely, today will be the day the process fails me, today will be the day I’ll run out of ideas, I’ll have nothing interesting to say. Surely, today will be the day it all falls back into mindless, meaningless routine.

But it never does.

Instead, each morning in front of the altar opens up a space into which a whole universe pours. Sometimes — I kid you not — I find myself crying with the awe-filled weight of it. Walt Whitman writes, "To touch my person to some one else’s is about as much as I can stand." Maybe we are just too sensitive, seeing a sun in every spot of yellow pigment, an ocean in every drop of ink. But then, what a gift — to live in a world of so many suns, so many deep and dazzling seas! Two words in tension slit me open like a head wound that won’t stop bleeding. How can there be so much blood in me? How can the world be so full?

But it is.

And so I show up each morning, and I do the work.

We talk about creativity as a gift — he’s so gifted, we say, so talented, so skilled. I like what Lewis Hyde says in his classic, "The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property" (written the same year I was born): that the ability to do the labor of creativity is itself a gift, what arises from the place within us that is given freely, rather than acquired by an act of will. And the gift must move.

So I show up to do the work. Sometimes, my ability to do the work is stunted by dizzying pain. So it goes. Sometimes, it’s hounded by doubt. Then the work becomes making a friend of doubt, greeting it like an old acquaintance and saying, "What new thing will we learn about each other today, my love?" What a gift doubt can be!

But either way, the work of creativity is like stealing fire from the gods — while the gods themselves gently close their eyes, like a parent pretending not to hear you tip-toeing up on your squeaky sneakers to see how close you can get. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke says, "If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable."

You climb the highest mountain to steal the very sun from the sky, and come home again with your sacred shining gift only to discover the hearth and the wheat field are already full of sunlight.

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