And the Pencil Ran Away With Batman

Didn't catch the Halloween Spirit this year.
Never really do.

Next year though, I'll take inspiration from this. Maybe it'll help me find my own Batman.

p.s. Sophie Blackall may have the cutest blog on all the interwebs.


Sunday Morning Pages

Some things are better said in handwriting.

Waking up on the weekend. Reading for two hours with no consequence.
Finally got around to that High School classic, seemingly required for everyone but me.
Beautiful portrait, nostalgic, melancholic, and faded in all the best ways.


Music for October

Sometimes the songs you loved in September, just don't quite cut it in October.
With true fall arriving, everything seems to slow down.
Saturday nights are filled with tea and movies, Sunday mornings with oatmeal and drawing.
It's not sad. It sounds melancholy, but it's just different. Calm and cool.

Music for the weather.

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Scraps of Paper

Tickets, Advertisements, Photographs.
Ephemeral, but treasured. Old and New.
A combination to create both decor and inspiration.
These scraps tell more about me than I can explain. Each holds its own significance, even when it's not particularly significant.
I don't think I'll ever stop collaging over walls.
From Old to New, one for each home. Constantly evolving.


Midnight Amphibians

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Magical Frogs.

Kind of a strange thing to be thinking about at 2am on a rainy Wednesday night.



 Summer is clearly over, but if I was a butterfly I could fly south for the winter and never see the snow.

A Tree Grows, A Book Ends

Part of me loves the feeling of finishing a book. Often it feels like an accomplishment. It can be exciting, especially when you think of picking out a new book. But sometimes, it can be a bit sad.

Not all endings are happy.

I just finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.This book landed somewhere in the middle. I've had this book for ages. For as long as I can remember my mom was telling me to read it. I can even hear her say, "Oh, that's a great book, you'll love it." My mom knows me better than anyone else, but I think it's safe to say that when it comes to books, she doesn't have a clue.

I didn't hate this book, but it's not a favorite of mine, it didn't change my life, the story wasn't outstanding. Overall, it's not a book I'd recommend, but I didn't hate it. Imagine, I just spent two weeks reading 500 pages of someone else's thoughts and my opinion of it is "indifferent."

If you haven't read this book before, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was written through the eyes of a young girl growing up in Brooklyn in the early 20th century. The protagonist, Francie, comments on her family and the society around her while sharing her aspirations to be a writer. Francie is the rare artist that is able to find beauty in truth and in the constant ugliness that surrounds her. Though I didn't care much for the story (I can't be bothered much with naturalism), it is only fair to acknowledge the quality of language Smith uses in telling this tale. On almost every page there is at least one quote that when extracted holds a bit of concise wisdom.

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One thing I did take away from the book though was the idea of neighborhood. Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, I don't really feel the connection to a "neighborhood," like many people who grow  up in the city. This book truly romanticized Brooklyn. She grew up so poor that she had to collect metal scraps to trade for pennies, and she speaks frankly of being hungry, yet, there is a sense of nostalgia and gratitude for her home in the great neighborhood she loves almost as much as her family itself. To me the concept is so foreign, it's as if the novel takes place on the other side of the world rather than a short bus trip away.

Of course a hundred years ago, isn't exactly next door.