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Starting up a one-line diary

Every day write one line summarizing that day. I call it the one-line diary. Easy to update. Easy to read. Easy to update Longer journals can be daunting to write. Bullet journals can be intense with all their code and filling up a page every day. With a one-line diary you have one line to write […]

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Happy birthday Tom, on an Alexander Calder

Using a Calder to wish a happy birthday

The shapes of a Calder sculpture are so bold and graphic. They make for a great canvas to write upon. A loyal long-time fan of Spudart is the super Tom Saaristo. He’s been a wonderful encouragement all the way since the Spudart blog’s start 15 years ago. Today is Tom’s birthday. I wanted to wish him a […]

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The Christmas Tree Throwing Challenge

When you throw away your tree, make sure to literally THROW it away. Walk your tree out to your curb / dumpster / alley. Stop about 20 feet short of where you would normally place your tree. Then try to throw the tree as far as you can! How far can you throw a Christmas […]

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January art check-in

Now is the perfect time to start making art. It’s the new year! Let’s make a resolution to make more art this year. Once a month, I’ll make a post asking people to leave a comment about whatever project everyone is working on at the moment. It’ll be a fun way to see what people are […]

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Unlimited postal mail

Have you ever thought about sending a postal package to someone, and wished you could send it for free? The hassle of having to go to a post office, wait in line, and pay x-amount of money. Blerg. I want to just set the package outside my door, have it picked up, and sent. I […]

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Cultural practice of wearing flowers every day

What if our culture had a custom where everyone wore a flower every day–including to work and on the weekends. People would wear the flower(s) on their shirt, in their hair, or maybe around the waist. (Men, too). We might have a brighter, happier culture to see that every day on every one. But what […]

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I voted sticker

I voted sticker or scrap of paper?

What would you rather get when you finish voting? A sticker or a little sheet of paper? Today was the first time I got a sticker today for voting, but I rather miss the scrap of paper from Chicago. As I placed my sticker on my jacket this morning, I felt a little self-conscious. Almost […]

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Bokeh behind growing red tulips

My first outdoor photos with my new Nikon D610

Stepping outside the Tribune Tower with my new Nikon D610 around my neck. Lo and behold the tulips are starting to come out of the ground! Photographing the budding tulips on the median of Michigan Avenue has become a semi-annual tradition for me (2010, 2013, 2014). With multiple lanes of traffic whizzing by, breaking out […]

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