My Alter Egos = A pair of Vintage Barbies

Minx & Jinx are the hot new “beings” in my artistic palette: a series of witty vignettes featuring two vintage Barbie dolls and inspired by the efforts of Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, a forest ecologist who retrofitted Barbies almost two decades ago to match her academic expertise. She was unable to get any traction for her […]

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How Pop-Rock Songs can revamp our reality

Recently I’ve been exploring the healing power of meet-us-right-where-we-are, astoundingly powerful music made by female artists, Ordinarily, I have wide-ranging music tastes: R&B, funk, gospel, jazz, classical, country, pop, house, hip-hop, hula, zydeco. Although I maintain several thousand tracks in my iTunes, I haven’t been making good use of my library, because I’ve …[this isn’t […]

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“Orange Alert“ – a swift, sharp essay on today

In the midst of an otherwise horrid month (and this was before the August Complex wildfire hit one million acres), a pair of new shoes inspired a cogent piece of literary commentary. (You know writers: we see metaphors e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.) Published in Issue 8 of the online journal Route 7 Review, the essay sums up the […]

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My Bus Conversion Video Hits 1 Million Views on YouTube

Five years ago, after a series of traumatic experiences with slumlords-posing-as-nice-people, I decided to stop renting and create my own tiny home. I needed something with wheels that was well-built and affordable, one that would allow me to implement eco-friendly systems including solar energy, water conservation, and a composting toilet. Given my financial resources and […]

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“Magnetisms” featured in Studio Discovery Tour of North Coast Artists

There are zillions of ways to beautify our existence; engaging in art is one way to directly and cogently plug into beauty. Like many artists, I’m happiest when I’m crafting: with words, images, found objects, and the natural world. One of my crafty outlets involves combining inspirational words or phrases with collage, either on magnets […]

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