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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Q&A with Sara Paretsky, creator of V.I. Warshawski

Stream our new short documentary film DEAD LAND/Sara Paretsky: A Reflection free on Vimeo.  In a Sept. 2020 panel discussion, Sara Paretsky and filmmakers Pamela Beere Briggs, William McDonald and Eric Marin shared stories about launching a new book and making a film during quarantine. Natalie, the filmmakers’ daughter & Two in the World’s “Happy Guinea

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Suzanne’s Studio
Suzanne DeCuir

Capturing Peace After Nightmares

This is a part of a series of posts about process. It records the various minutes/days of being an artist in the midst of creating work that always leads to discovery, whether via smooth or bumpy paths.  These are studies for a larger piece that will include more images and fabric…creating something to reflect my

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Madeline Finds a New Home

Natalie went through some of her beloved toys and found her Madeline doll with suitcase of clothes, a barn/stable with animals, and some dinosaurs. Maisie, our cat, was intrigued and wondered if there were other things to be found in our hall closet. In the meantime, Natalie had written a letter to the family we

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Video Haikus
Yuki Uwasawa

Rainy Day

Walking through puddles. With my dancing umbrella. Takes concentration.

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Love, Judy
Judy Feuer Walden

Crossing Paths on Morning Walks

The alarm goes off at 5am. We leave the house at 6 and we’re on the trail by 6:30ish. Every morning as I stumble out of bed, pushing past sore muscles and rubbing sleepy eyes awake,  I remind myself how lucky I am to live minutes away from beauty. Hiking in the mountains in the

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Suzanne’s Studio
Suzanne DeCuir

Embracing Process: One Rectangle At a Time

Sometimes it seems to help the creative process to work on several projects at once, so while I continue finishing the big quilted piece about my Irish grandfather I have been working on this simpler block piece with rectangles made of fabric and paper.  About six months ago when I was not sure what I

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Reading: Lifelong Learning & Coping Gift

During these COVID days, we are so glad in our house to have our books. Reading gives us a chance to dive into worlds without virus. Other times our books remind and reassure us of other difficult and scary times that were survived. Our books are like trustworthy companions. I am usually reading a few

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The Happy Guinea Pig
Natalie McDonald

Acting on Hope: From Art to Politics

The other night, as I went through my inbox deleting the junk mail that had accumulated throughout the day, a subject line caught my eye: “Dreaming in moments of uncertainty.” The email was from Women for Political Change (WFPC), one of the many Minnesota organizations that provided support to protestors in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s

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The Happy Guinea Pig
Natalie McDonald

“Say Nothing”: On Breaking Historical Silences

I recently finished Patrick Radden Keefe’s award-winning book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Doubleday, 2018). It is a fascinating study of the Troubles and their aftermath. But the questions Keefe raises transcend Northern Ireland: Why is it important to reckon with the violence of the past? What role

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