Category Archives: miscellany

Sometimes the observer is observed.


I’m much more used to observing than being observed. But last fall, I decided to turn the lens on myself, and I asked some trustworthy experts to help me.

Stylist Roxanne Carne (whom I found via Thumbtack) gave my wardrobe a firm and gentle appraisal one day last October. She showed me how to support my playful personality with a grounded, casual, and thoroughly classic style . Check out Roxanne’s blog–she is quiet dynamite for the sleeping style in you.

It took me another month or so to get up my courage and invite photographer William Petruzzo to my home to document who I am right now. (I found him through friend and fellow AU MFA alum Amina Hafiz Sarraf) It was a splendid time. Bill put me at ease right away, and he even made me like my face a little.

Here are the results
. Is this a face you trust? Let me know in the comments.


(Hair by Alchemy of Silver Spring. Make-up by me, with help from YouTuber Kandee Johnson ).

Wordsmiths at Play

Welcome to The Smithy, where The Cooler Minds let down their guard and bring you behind the scenes. Here, we talk about what we believe, what we are doing, and where we want to go.

We strive to say true things of great or passing interest about the world as we experience it. What might this mean?

Because language shapes experience and vice versa, we plan to talk about both. Sometimes we will show you what we do when we are not writing, and sometimes we will talk about what we believe about the act of writing. In the coming weeks, Anne will talk about her work in glass. John may share something from his scholarship in rhetoric or from his experiments in DIY Making.  Lisa is pondering a post on the importance of unloved words.

So hang around the doorway of The Smithy. We’ll let you see what we’ve forged before it’s cool.