• An Artist's Journey,  Applied Creativity

    Clarity In Chaos: How to Be Confident In Uncertain Times

    With my partner still out of work and unemployment benefits about to run out, I am wondering we will heat our home for the winter.   I am one of the lucky ones, and I know it. At least I’m not wondering where home will be.  Here in the United States, not only are we dealing with a pandemic that has shut down life as we knew it, but our politicians are so busy playing partisan games that there is still, after months of talks, no relief in sight for Americans facing joblessness, homelessness, and worse.  We may wish to make a plan, but the variables are overwhelming: How long will the pandemic last? How will the election impact…

  • Under the Miriam Tree

    Message from the Muse, 10/28/19

    Today begins “Secret Friend Week” at work: a time to share a bit of inspiration or encouragement with a colleague daily. There was a time in my life when I thought stuff like this was rather silly – too forced to be taken seriously. Now I know that play is serious business, and that when my Muse offers a message, I had better listen and share what she has to say. Today, she wanted me to share this simple reminder: Remember to slow down and savor each moment as it comes. Smell the coffee. Taste the bread. Relish the lingering aftertaste while it lasts. Release the moment as a good…

  • Under the Miriam Tree

    Becoming the Ancestors

    The Creative Now So here I am, finally, in my new blog about creativity. To be honest, I feel a bit lost. In such a vast territory, where do I even begin?! The “question of creativity” is enormous, and seems detached from my everyday experience. Then, in the very act of pondering the question, I see it shift under the light of my present consciousness: for these very words on the screen, appearing before my eyes, are an act of creation. I cannot experience creativity in the future or in the past, but only in the NOW. It seems as promising a path as any other, so I tend it further…

  • Under the Miriam Tree

    Every New Beginning…

    Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…” This poignant line from Semisonic’s Closing Time feels most apropos on the day I have finally shut down Mentors and Masterminds, my networking site for administrative professionals, and turn my attention to Tara Erin: Artist in a Cubicle. The scope of Mentors and Masterminds was quite specific, and that specificity was both its beauty and its problem. The beauty of the site was in how quickly and easily I was able to design, build and deliver focused content on the subject of mentoring; the problem lay in the narrowness of the scope. I am an artist and creativity coach, and there…