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This Little Light of Mine

Jaq Belcher

Access Point 2012
hand cut paper, 5,071 cuts
42″ x 42″ framed

The most regretful people on Earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

Mary Oliver

I have quite a mouthful to say about time and being creative.

But, being Friday evening with dinner and all the rest is at bay, I give you this immensely beautiful creation by my friend Jaq Belcher.
Jaq is a paper sculptor. She does things with paper I never imagined.

Here is where you can find her work.

Here is where her work will be exhibited in New York City with an opening on May 10.

And here, on the Laundry Line is where you can be assured that whether a doodle or a paper cut like this, your individual expression is important in the world and worth the time it takes to create.

This is what my friend Lissa Rankin, who posts messages like this one from ‘Your Inner Pilot Light’ on Face book. Lissa is celebrating three years since a major career change and big shift in her life choices. You can see her blog post about the celebration here. Lissa’s ‘Out’ post is here.

Why is it that we so often prioritize work and trivialize creative expression? How long has it been since you’ve written in your journal, pulled out the watercolors, made candles out of beeswax, created jewelry, knitted a sweater, made a scrapbook, or decorated a table with fall leaves? When you create, you give me an opportunity to come out and play. And here’s the secret most don’t understand.When you let me come out and play, your work reflects how awesome I am and it all comes full circle. All work and no play makes me dim my light.

The planet is counting you shining your light. 
I send you all my love for this coming weekend.
Now, about dinner, 

P.S. I retrieved this post from the jumble that happened when I switched servers. This was originally posted on April 27. Whatever we had for dinner must have been good or at least passable. Tonight we are having these beans from my dear Janet. They have become my Monday meal. I must tell you a funny story about Jonathan and those very beans. xo S

Half Heartedness from April 18

This post appeared on April 18. Then, it disappeared. Now, found and returned, it is here.

Hellebores in Central Park April 2012

April 18, 2012 NYC

Have you been kinda wondering where I have been? 
Not to London to visit the Queen, though in this season of hellebores, I love to be in foggy old England, where the climate is just right for this magnificent plant.
No, I am on a college tour with my family.
 We are in New York City right now, where the street art is completely captivating.

Tuesday, Catherine and I toured the Brooklyn Art Library with Karen Arp-Sandel. We met our cyber sister, blogger, artist and yogini Lori Landau, whose blog post in the ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’ blog series continues to inspire readers. We all have sketchbooks in the library. Do look them up if you find yourself in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. A perfect spot to urban drift.

Tomorrow we are off to the Philly area. I will post all about it, but before I tell you about these days, I have to share the amazing experience I had last weekend as an actor (my first profession, laid aside long ago to be a full time Mom and just recently reengaged with- last weekend was the first time I was on stage in a play in 17 years). I had an absolute blast. As soon as I get the official photos, I will post. Here is one of mine.

The People of Corn rehearse by Laura Badami WAM 24 Hour Theatre Project
The People of Corn rehearse by Laura Badami WAM 24 Hour Theatre Project

I am always collecting things for you to read, like this article. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
This is a really interesting read if you are counting who, on the TIME magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people of the 30 women are mothers. Read on.
And, here is a Rumi for you to ponder. I am becoming more and more sure that halfheartedness will keep me quiet and unseen. I prefer to be visible. Much easier to create light this way.

Half Heartedness
Gamble everything for love,
if you are a true human being.

If not, Leave this gathering.

Halfheartedness does not reach
into majesty. You set out

to find God, but then you keep

stopping for long periods

at mean-spirited roadhouses.


As April turns to May, I am still savoring the sweet loft that Berkshire Festival of Women Writers has provided for so many women in the Berkshires. This scene of 3 Berkshire authors, Gina Hyams, Mary Pope Osborne and Tracy Mack visiting at our March 2 event of ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’ is perfect capture of the spirit of our community. Thank you Christina Rahr Lane for these gorgeous photos.

My posts will catch up to me.
I promise.

This year is three today and it’s time to dance!

This is one of those blogs where you take your shoes off, stand up and sing with Natasha Bedingfield.
Can you read and dance at the same time?
I wanna know, because that is what I am doing.

I got this video from my friend Lissa Rankin who has a very good thing going here.

Until my next post, I will be drifting NYC my my husband during these last 4 days of our marriage improving 10 days on our own while the kids have a fantastic time away from us with our German family. Thanks to Ursula and Werner, we have spent 6 days so far, speaking in uninterrupted sentences. It is a miracle.
And we really miss our kids.
So, if they are reading this post, just know you are loved with the vastness of this galaxy and beyond.

Travel safe and well, wherever you are.
All my love for this New Year,

Apple Light Manifesto

Apple Movie Two from Suzi Banks Baum on Vimeo.

I am in New York City today at the BlogHer conference.
I will be carrying this light with me as I prowl the pavement, meeting up with a few friends to share about writing.
I get to see Daniel, which is a huge and rare treat.

You might have to scroll down to turn off the sound on Rochelle’s video. It is a nice underplay to mine, but easier to focus with only one soundtrack running. Right?

Sending you this, my first time video thingy,
With love,

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