books, blogs, cloth paper scissors, and inspiration

Jan 7, 2008 | Entrepreneurship, Life in Progress

(“pause” mug by rae dunn – i love everything she makes)

these are my current reads. some old favorites. some new. some gifts. some borrowed. i’ve promised myself a few pages of words everyday. a few moments to pause. to get lost in thoughts and stories and poems and drawings. i’m drawn to books so much right now. i just want to read and cozy up with my thoughts and the thoughts of these books.

speaking of reading and thoughts, the jan/feb issue of cloth/paper/scissors is in stores now. you’ll find me on page 48 where i share my thoughts on blogging – about how it can lead us to our words, to our voice and visions revealed. like my favorite books, this blog, has in many ways, led me back to myself. not only does it remind me of who i am, who i am becoming (which is surprisingly easy to lose sight of amidst the daily grind), but also of life’s simple and significant details. i love how something so silly (and seemingly insignificant) as a blog has led to a reawakening of myself. the universe cracks me up in ways that are so gratifyingly surprising and very, very real. i also just want to say how incredibly lucky and grateful i feel to have been a part of this publication the last few months. dream come true.

i am bursting with ideas and inspiration. we returned home from vacation yesterday, and i have found myself enjoying our cozy apt, and running over with motivation and new directions and leaving new scribbly notes everywhere with thoughts and ideas.

speaking of inspiration, check out my friend christine’s (aka swirly) new website called sparkletopia, a website dedicated to all things inspiration. i love how her mind works.

more soon…

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (16 comments)
  1. Frivolitea

    Just read your article in CPS. Loved it. Also love your artwork! Can’t wait to see and read more.

  2. Lucy

    I’ve long admired your work and really enjoyed your latest article in CPS–congratulations on all your success, may 2008 be even better for you!

  3. Lisa

    Great collection of reading. I saw your painting in the latest Cloth and paper magazine. Your artwork is such a pleasure to browse. So unique and serene.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Out My Fingers

    Hi Kelly,
    I just had to drop in and tell you how much I enjoyed you great article in Cloth Paper Scissors. Thanks to you, I just posted my VERY novice new blog’s first message.
    I tried to add hyperlinks to both your blog and to Cloth Paper Scissors to my blog entry, but I couldn’t figure out how to make them all colorful and cool like the ones on your blog, so that’ll have to wait, but I’ll figure it out.
    Anyway, I’d love it if you’d take a look and let me know what you think about my start.
    Thanks for being such an inspiration.

  5. PixieDust

    Just purchased The Glass Castle, sounds so bizarre (as only real life can be, yes?)

    Happy reading, happy blogging, so wonderful you found (and continue to find) your voice.


  6. Angie in AZ

    You’ll love “The Glass Castle” if you haven’t read it yet!

  7. Loudlife


    Your pile of books made me laugh! Mine looks very similar! I also have former piles that have moved to other parts of the house, sigh…someday. New books always hold so much bright, shiny promise that I keep adding to the pile(s). Anyway, I may just take a picture of my book pile and post it on my blog as incentive for myself.

    Secondly – I loved your CPS article again this month! It was great to see your first post and compare it with the recent one. I was also really moved by what you wrote. Thanks so much for sharing yourself the way you do.

    Happy New Year,

  8. Kelly

    Hi Kelly! I just read your article in CPS and enjoyed it very much. This is my first time to comment on a blog. We have a couple of things in common – my name is Kelly, I am also a social worker (retired last year), and I am finding my blog helps me in many of the ways you discussed in your CPS article. I am new to blogging and am still feeling my way. I like how honest you are in your blog re: your feelings. I’m still trying to decide how personal I want to be on mine. So far, I have only told family and friends about my blog but if you would like to visit, go to You have a great writing style – keep those articles coming! Kelly

  9. Fran aka Redondowriter

    Your article in CPS was a good one, Kelly, and I write about it at Sacred Ordinary today. Loretta Benedetto Marvel is a friend of mine so I faithfully read CPS. Out of curiosity, I couldn’t find your blog’s address in the article, though i Googled and easily found it. Was it there and I missed it?

    Anyhow, thanks for a good article.

  10. pERiWinKle

    Love your books…also have piles of books everywhere in the house…then I pack them away…and a few weeks on…another set of books somewhere…I love it! xx

  11. Lynn

    I loved the article on blogging Kelly, it helped me a lot…great blog by the way!

  12. Kate

    I loved your article in CPS it was the highlight of the magazine this time.

    Your book pile looks so inviting,


  13. June

    Hi Kelly-
    I’m new to your blog after reading about you in CPS this month. Great article! I started my blog a few months ago (please check out and have had some days lately were I’m both a frustrated artist and what’s my purpose, where am I going kind of stuff. Your article and blog remind me that I’m not alone. BTW I love, love, LOVE your stuff. Hope to chat more soon!
    : ) June

  14. Swirly

    Welcome home my dear…and thank you so much for giving a shout out to Sparkletopia!! xoxo

  15. patty craft

    Just read your CPS article — well said! I can so relate to having books in piles all over the house. And this time of year is great for lying low and recharging our souls with the words and wisdom we find in beloved books.

    Happy reading!
    peace & love,

  16. * mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella *

    Welcome back! Hugs all around.
    I enjoyed your article in CPS very much and I absolutely look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

    Your stack of books looks awesome and I am going to come back tomorrow and take a closer look.

    xo Rella


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