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Start of Summer 2018 in Chicago

Start of summer 2018 in Chicago

DING DING DING DING   DING DING DING DING The sweet sweet alert DING DING DING DING   DING DING DING DING The sound of summer starting. DING DING DING DING   DING DING DING DING Summer is here! When the weather gets warm, sailboats in Chicago sail down the Chicago River to the harbors of Lake Michigan. […]

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snowman on bench on riverwalk

Making your to-do list fun with silly ideas

My to-do list sometimes looks pretty silly—and that’s the way I like it. Here are two fun items on my to-do list: [  ] Blog about if birds—specifically robins—run or do they hop? Seriously. I saw a robin the other day on the ground. Instead of running, I believe it was hopping. I snapped a […]

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IWU Breakthrough recruiting viewbook: page 29 School of Art

IWU: Push past the boundaries of your creativity

My four years as an art major at Illinois Wesleyan University were some of the best years of my life. The students and professors taught me how to think critically as an artist. We weren’t just technical drones producing work, we were deep in theory, analysis, and critiques of our work. To this day, my […]

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old yarn, new yarn

Our yarn for the next five years

Instead of ribbon, I use yarn. Every single gift I’ve given the past five years has been decorated with this same yarn. Today our supply ran out, so I biked to Hobby Lobby to buy a new bundle of yarn for the next five years’ presents. I’m very sentimental about this yarn. Sarah owned it […]

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Sample one-line diary

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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