December 8, 2017
Advent 12.8.17

Conceive, seize, take hold of, December 8, 2017

The etymology of a word often directs my art-making, especially when I am uncertain of a path. I’ll take a word, look at its origins, synonyms/antonyms, […]
December 4, 2017
Advent 12.4.17

You too will find your strength, December 4, 2017

Today is Rainer Maria Rilke’s birthday. I read his poems, letters and writings regularly, as those of you who follow me know. His words find their […]
December 8, 2016
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Necessary Separateness

I keep a Saint Francis statue in my studio. He watches over me as I work, and reminds me to go outside from time to time, […]
December 5, 2016
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Open your depths by plunging into them

If you have been following my writing over the years, you know that I am a fan of Rainer Maria Rilke. His birthday was yesterday. I am […]
December 21, 2014
Advent Day Twenty-One, 2014, Melanie Mowinski

Hold Life Open

In Michael Pollen’s book Cooked, in the chapter on Fermentation, he makes some comment along the lines that people who are easily disgusted are often terrified […]
December 18, 2014
Advent Day Eighteen, 2014, Melanie Mowinski

The capacity to be alone

From Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Rome, December 23, 1903, as translated by Johanna Macy in Anita Barrows in A Year with Rilke. I often […]