Inspiration: November


Happy November!

I have really been enjoying the calm that November has brought to my life.  Now that the marching band/football season is over, I’m taking time to catch my breath and regroup before the holiday craziness begins.  It feels good to be eating suppers with my family again, baking cookies that disappear as soon as they come out of the oven, and cozying up my home for the cooler temperatures.  I’m also spending some time wandering around the Webosphere, seeking out inspiration to ignite my burned-out creative fire or boost my flagging gratitude.  Below are some of my favorite discoveries.  Maybe you’ll discover a bit of something that lights your fire, too.


  1. Ashley Woodson Bailey.  A fellow flower lover who creates photographs with her iPhone that are reminiscent of the Dutch masters.
  2. Travel Destinations.  Yes, please!
  3. Vocabulary Expansion.  My favorites: Waldeinsamkeit, Komorebi, and Goya.
  4. A Fun (and short!) History Lesson.  I think an occasional duvet day would be delicious…
  5. A Timely Reminder.  I’ll be focusing on 1, 5, 6.
  6. Vivian Maier here and here.  It’s quite a story of an unknown but gifted film photographer who took pictures for the simple pleasure of it and captured history in the process.
  7. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Kate Davis, Guy Mintus, and Gabe Schnider.  Wow.  Just wow.  (If the video annoys you, just listen to the music.)

Anything inspiring you on the Web these days?  I’d love to hear about it.

A Little Story

Once upon a time, there was a song.  It was a fun, lighthearted song.  The tune was catchy and the music video was campy.  Many, many people liked it.

This is that song:

However, that little song became stuck in over-played pop music purgatory and grew sad because it knew it could be




than a Top 40 pop tune.

One day, a talented and very creative musician named Scott Bradlee happened upon the little ditty.  He saw past the pedestrian exterior to the real potential hidden beneath the surface.  He took the song and spiffed it right up with some classic jazz piano and cool percussion played by David Tedeschi. To complete the transformation, he added an upright bass and an exquisite bassist named Kate Davis.  In the hands of these magicians musicians, magic happened.  The song shimmered and sparkled and truly became “all about that bass”.

The result is a small piece of perfection:

Having surpassed its wildest dreams, the little song lived happily ever after.

And once I heard it, so did I.

(Warning: This song gets in your head and Does. Not. Leave.  Listen at your own risk.)