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    Greek-spiced shrimp has a romantic nostalgia for me, so I pulled out the swing music and a classic cocktail for a dinner date with my sweetheart. If you don't want to have martinis, open up a bottle of Albarino to perfectly complement the shrimp.
    My current sculptures are about to disappear forever! I'm clearing my studio to make way for wonderful new things. So I'm making all in-stock sculpture, cards, and display bases available for 10% off, right at this very moment. 

    Summer heat in Los Angeles is serious business, although it's still cool enough in the evening to relax on the patio. For some reason I feel lazy this time of year, so an easy grilled dinner fits the bill.

    And since California allows cocktails delivered with food now, we found a stunning cocktail that's even easier than grilled dinner. Wrap it all up with good music, and quarantine looks pretty good tonight.

    I've been thinking of ways to send little gifts to make up for huglessness. Small ways to say, "I'm thinking of you," or "I love you," or "Hang in there." Think of these ideas as "hugs in a box" or "hugs you unwrap." But don't let all this social-distancing stop you from hugging (in a box)!

    Not my usual blog post.

    I created this short story (allegory?) while grieving. Writing it and sketching the images helped my feelings sort themselves rather than my letting them overwhelm me. I share it now in hopes of giving a little light to someone else who's huddled at the bottom at the well. You're not alone.

    Please share with someone else who may need some comfort, if you like.

    This week saw us enjoying a pleasant book about hiking, some cake made for picnics, and a cocktail we scribbled "perfect beach drink" next to in the margins.

    I don't often give peeks inside my sculpture studio, mostly because I forget to have the camera handy when I'm doing something interesting with my artwork. But I remembered to grab some photos when I was creating my abstract Solitude thinking figure

    We can't wander the aisles of the bookstore or the library anymore, and online book lists feel kind of overwhelming. I find myself wasting my reading time in perusing lists or "you may also like" to decide... what to read. 

    I was chatting with my friend Emily from The Favor Stylist about just this conundrum. She reeled off several superb ways to narrow down all the choices and spend more time, you know, reading. I was inspired to throw in a couple of ideas of my own, too.

    This week has been all over the place somehow. But I've had some delicious moments with a purple (!) cocktail and no-effort bread with olive oil. And I've managed to sneak in a little reading.

    Thank you to everyone who told the story of their COVID hero. 

    Your heroes inspire us to give more, love more, and look for more ways to bring light and joy to the world. To you and your heroes,

    Thank you for inspiring us all. The world is more beautiful because you're in it.

    Meet our heroes below, and let them bring a smile of joy to your day.

    So many people are giving their all these days, I want to say "thank you" with what I do best: hug sculpture. Tell me about your COVID hero, and 8 heroes will receive a complimentary tiny hug sculpture to let them know how appreciated they are.

    With its seat firmly inside our heads, creative practice offers a rich pathway to tap into our seat of inspiration and inner peace. But where to start, and more importantly, how to keep going? I turn to books. Here are 6 of my favorite artistic books to begin and sustain a creative practice every day.