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Jan 03 2014

a visit from David Lawrence

I've got to think it's been more than a year since I met David Lawrence. It was at John and Lee Anne's house; he was visiting from Seattle.David and his wife Dawn are now our neighbors for a season - a sojourn of sorts - and David stopped by the print shop while I was working on a personal project. He brought his camera along and took some photos that make me look like I...

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Confidence | On Writing What You Know

I'm not a confident person, though you'd be forgiven for thinking that untrue. I'm outgoing, sure, but confidence isn't something I find naturally. I fancy myself a lot of things. A storyteller. An artist. A writer. A musician. But I harbor plenty of doubt as to whether I am really any bit remarkable in any of these.When I was I'm middle school, I was (I kid you not) a competitive writer. It was through a program...

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Be Moved

I often choose not to post on US holidays. I don't want to crowd your stream of information and certainly don't want to use a holiday with deep meaning as a ploy for easy clicks.Please rest assured this is no such thing.While military life has not been a part of my story, I know how deeply it affects those it touches.It is a great tragedy that men and women who have risked themselves (their lives, their...

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Nov 03 2013

It’s a coin toss…

I can't remember where I first heard the following quote: “When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because, in that brief moment with the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you're hoping for.” I can't think of a phrase that better applies to my life right now. Kicked out of a nest I've relied on, my proverbial coin is in the air and...

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Sep 26 2013

in memoriam

It's fitting that, in celebration of his life, many outlets have honored Jim Henson in his death this week.My grandmother passed away just a few short days ago.And in doing so, as is often the case, she has left behind many people who are now reflecting on their own mortality and familial bonds and the essence of time and goodness and meaning. Such is my state.And I'm not entirely sure why, but I took some form...

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Aug 29 2013

Enough Romance, Already!

Do you ever feel like your experiences - your daily life - just aren't as romantic as you expected life to be?Like the act of living, of creating, of working is just not nearly as beautiful in real life as it is in your head? Yeah, I do that, too. And Donald Miller was speaking directly to us this morning.He  called his post "Why You Should Write in a Closet" and he absolutely crushed my visions of...

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Aug 28 2013

my recent experiments in concrete

First, Jes Gordon pinned (and tweeted) this:Then, this happened: Thanks to @jesgordon, I'm working in concrete today.— Matthew@A Fine Press (@aFinePress) August 20, 2013 There was a little banter about whether I was working with or in concrete.And now this:I've been thinking a lot about concrete as a material for invites and Jes' pin was enough motivation to put me in the lab. I've got a couple dozen more ideas circulating in my head. Things to cast,...

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