Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: inspiration, music

Last night I watched the new Tina Turner documentary on HBO Max. It chronicles her life through her amazing talent, her abuse, her strength & celebrates her well-deserved success against the odds. From picking cotton & physical abuse… to Top 10 hits & world wide acclaim. She’s “simply the best, better than all the rest!”

I had the chance to see her live in concert with some of my friends at the Rosemont Horizon shortly after college during her Mad Max period. We were so excited to see her in all of her chain-maille glory from the eighth row center!!! At the time I had no idea of her personal story, I was just a fan of her music & videos! So glad I got to see the living legend… one of the BEST concerts ever!!!

Be sure to catch this documentary while it’s streaming. It tells a very touching story with home movies & vintage footage. Frequently sad showing her struggles behind the scene, not only with Ike, but also with recording studios & executives. Yet also uplifting as you see her climb her way out of the “Nutbush City Limits” with the “River Deep, Mountain High” to become your “Private Dancer” because “We Don’t Need Another Hero”… we’ve already got TINA.

Categories: inspiration, rusty, textures

Exploring and finding cool things! You know how much I LOVE rusty metal & weathered wood. So imagine how excited I was by this beautifully dilapidated barn out in “the middle of nowhere.” A beautiful day with this beautiful barn… and a fun chat with the farmer who was so nice… even though the “No Trespassing” sign was about three feet away!!!

Categories: animals, artists, inspiration

Kinda diggin’ how the afternoon sun is streaming in through the blinds in Lisa’s studio next to mine… and the sun dots making their way through are lining up just perfectly on the cool skull on her wall.

Categories: inspiration, special events

So no one told you life was gonna be this way.
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke,
Your love life’s DOA.
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear.
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month…
Or even your year, but…

Categories: inspiration

Well, it’s been quite a year… 525,600 minutes.

A year since the pandemic hit. A year since we could gather in groups. A year since the big shutdown. A year of no family gatherings. A year since the world changed forever. 525,600 minutes. A year of no hugs, no handshakes, special events, no dinners inside restaurants, no live theater & so many more.

Somehow a year has gone by and affected everyone in different ways. Many lost their jobs. Many lost their lives. Many lost their life’s savings. Many lost their hope. Luckily, it seems as though we are nearing the end of the pandemic, not that it will ever be truly over.

But with vaccinations & smart choices, we’re all looking forward to getting back to whatever our new normal will be. And looking toward a better 525,600 minutes to come! Stay safe. Stay strong. Make smart choices as we move forward with more “Seasons Of Love.”

Categories: inspiration, organization

So we all know that social media is somehow “controlled” by some crazy algorithms that seem to be ever-changing. Looks like this is the current “secret” for Instagram, and I’m pretty sure the same holds true for Facebook. The more you “Share, Comment & Like” on someone’s posts, the more you’ll get to see more of them in your News Feed.

Categories: friends, inspiration

Excited to get another batch of beautiful postcards from THE POSTCARD CLUB in the mail today! Sure, I could just send an e-mail from my laptop… but isn’t it a lot more fun to get a handwritten note in the mail???

Now I need to decide who’s gonna get these ones??

If you’d like to get quarterly postcards in the too, to “begin you snail mail adventure”… check out

Categories: holiday, inspiration
Categories: color, inspiration

Plus another handful of beach glass found along the lake this morning. It started as my “quarantine collection” when the pandemic first started and we were all “searching” for new things to do. And if this thing carries on much longer… my collection will soon be overflowing!!!

Categories: inspiration

We were all so excited to see the end of 2020…
not all that much better, huh?!