brain size review

Brain Sizes: A Tiny Review. Tricia Louvar, 2018.

Brain Sizes: A Tiny Review. Tricia Louvar, 2018.

I’ve been told by reliable sources this is nerdy and sort of cool. It’s an out take to a larger graphic story I’ve been working on for about five years with no home yet. Reading about neuroscience and mindfulness fill my numerous tabletops. If there’s a flat surface in the house, it’s got something on it that I’m reading.

And if you think climate change isn’t real, our biggest brainiacs, the gray whale, need some love and attention. Scientists are perplexed why so many are washing ashore dead at an alarming rate. They are telling us, once again, humans are killing the planet. We will devolve by our own doing. And the cockroach will happen to become known as the most intelligent and adapotable species (my theory…it’s based only on empirical evidence. But still. You get the point, I hope).

My Sketchbook on Tour

Hello. Just received word that my sketchbook mini-graphic novel, "Free Dog," is on tour with the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project as part of the Brooklyn Art Library. Upcoming spots:

Toronto, ON @ The Distillery Historic District

July 27th - 29th
Historic Distillery District
9 Trinity Street, Suite 200 Toronto ON M5A 3C4

Chicago, IL @ Hyde Park Art Center

August 3rd - 5th
Hyde Park Arts Center
5020 S Cornell Ave Chicago, IL 60615

Atlanta, GA @ Ponce City Market

September 21st - 23rd
Ponce City Market 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308

Check it out in person or online. It was great fun to make. Hope it serves as a little reminder to love those left behind. Thanks for looking...


A sample page from my sketchbook graphic novel. A nonfiction pen-and-ink love affair. 

That's About Right

Morning aftermath. My farm table outside.

Morning aftermath. My farm table outside.

He was a staggeringly prolific writer who chose freelance work over teaching — a decision, as Mr. Collins put it, “to detach himself from academic life, with its slow but steady intravenous drip of a salary.”
— New York Times obit for Donal Hall

Donald Hall worked as a poet. Became a famous poet. Died a famous poet. I always loved his book, "The Painted Bed," as a tribute to his late poet wife, Jane Kenyon

shout out to my old stomping ground

Writing is so much a part of the culture of Iowa City that quotes from famous authors with ties to Iowa City are engraved in the sidewalks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The bronze relief sidewalk panels surround the downtown area and feature the words of Flannery O’Connor, Carl Klaus, Rita Dove, and Tennessee Williams, among dozens of others.

— Cristóbal McKinney

Writers arrive in Iowa City to be among the best. I was no different. A place can inspire you, but in the end, hard work and lots of failures go into becoming a writer. O my list of rejections. I have learned so much with each one. Keep chugging, keep creating more work, keep revising, never stop. Found my writing haven in the deep forest; creativity requires listening to monastic silence on most days.

forest therapy for this writer. camp sherman love.

forest therapy for this writer. camp sherman love.

a tribute to "phone face"

What a capture by New York Times photographer, Rebecca Smeyne! Even J.Lo, all dolled up, got phone faced. Exhibit A: take a look.

My family and I count the number of people on dates or get-togethers with "phone face" while in coffee shops, bistros, restaurants. The kids point out the saddest, most obvious ones. They are becoming sociologists without knowing it. O attention span, will you ever come back to the art of conversation?

how we read online

While I am not the typical metrics geek, I did find this interesting article reported by the Nieman Lab

Working on a prickly essay this week. Roadblocks, mostly self-induced, helped me find this article too on why writers procrastinate...what whaaaa....?

Sometimes in coffee shops, while research and writing, I create little Zen cinematic moments. Like this one. Stories inside stories.

bright afternoon sun while researching and writing at coffee shop

bright afternoon sun while researching and writing at coffee shop

tidbits from meaningful professionals

Barista love in Vancouver, BC. Heart this.

Barista love in Vancouver, BC. Heart this.

Two articles caught my attention today. One of nostalgia (R.I.P. Carl Kasell), he carried me to work each day while working the corporate publishing grind; and one of awe  (the second place finisher, Sarah Sellers, at Boston Marathon is a full-time working woman, not even a professional athlete. She considered the 6:40 elite pack pace in the beginning miles as "pedestrian." O what a story.)

Find something that inspires you. Carry it further into your life, as your energy will echoooooo.