color of the year

In January I sent Keep Writing number 117, printed with my two favorite colors—teal and a warm pink that is very close to Pantone’s color of the year for 2019—Living Coral. I did not know this when I decided to paint my bedroom walls this vibrant color—I have been looking for the perfect pink for months, purchasing a oft thrift store hoodie and a warmer shade of lipstick on the hottest July day.

Maybe you didn’t know there is a pantone of the year. Maybe you don’t know what Stephen Merrit was talking about when he wrote about “pantone 292.” Maybe you are not a printer or a designer and don’t know about the glorious pantone books—imagine a collection of paint chips in more hues and tints you can imagine. It is a guide for those of use trying to convey color to others. It is a vocabulary of color. So when you say to me you want a warm pink ink for your business card you can tell me a pantone number and know we are talking about the same thing.

This was one of one of my responses lately—you can see an archive of responses at www.keepwritingpostcards.com/tumblr.com

saying goodbye to 2018

2018 started steady and headed into full on simeotaneous ups and downs. Here’s a short list of what helps me maintain footing as the year ebbs.

Walks on the levee at dusk.  Or at the park. This is a photo I took on the winter solstice with the sun setting and the full moon rising on the bank of the Mississippi.

Walks on the levee at dusk. Or at the park. This is a photo I took on the winter solstice with the sun setting and the full moon rising on the bank of the Mississippi.

Lonesome Leash live in New Orleans:  Walt, aka Lonesome Leash came through New Orleans twice, once inspiring direction for my summer project, and once offering comfort through a new album,   Delicate Art  . Seeing him perform at Tigermen Den in candlelight was soothing at a time of upheaval and long hours at work

Lonesome Leash live in New Orleans: Walt, aka Lonesome Leash came through New Orleans twice, once inspiring direction for my summer project, and once offering comfort through a new album, Delicate Art. Seeing him perform at Tigermen Den in candlelight was soothing at a time of upheaval and long hours at work

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Moving Forward : I just re-discovered my copy of Faythe Levine’s monograph for Haystack School,  Moving Forward . A letter to friends, a celebration of queer art, a search for direction, an affirmation of the work we do, I’ve nearly cried every time I look through it.

Moving Forward: I just re-discovered my copy of Faythe Levine’s monograph for Haystack School, Moving Forward. A letter to friends, a celebration of queer art, a search for direction, an affirmation of the work we do, I’ve nearly cried every time I look through it.


Swimming.  I turned 41 and swam in at least 3 different bodies of water with a few close friends. Will I ever leave the country again, with so many springs left to be discovered in a day’s drive?

Swimming. I turned 41 and swam in at least 3 different bodies of water with a few close friends. Will I ever leave the country again, with so many springs left to be discovered in a day’s drive?

Paper Machine:  the building where my press and my studio are housed (that’s my window in the middle!), I can’t tell you how great it is to work for yourself, surrounded by others who are doing similar work and want to talk about it. Also where I celebrated the 10th anniversary of Keep Writing with a gallery show and the headquarters for the Summer Census.

Paper Machine: the building where my press and my studio are housed (that’s my window in the middle!), I can’t tell you how great it is to work for yourself, surrounded by others who are doing similar work and want to talk about it. Also where I celebrated the 10th anniversary of Keep Writing with a gallery show and the headquarters for the Summer Census.

music.  Only in the past few weeks have I rediscovered music that isn’t made by my friends. It turns out i like poppy music. Want proof? I made this playlist !  You can listen too!

music. Only in the past few weeks have I rediscovered music that isn’t made by my friends. It turns out i like poppy music. Want proof? I made this playlist ! You can listen too!

Holidays with friends.  This is from a boat parade on Lundi Gras. My friends understand dressing up, sharing adventure and giving you plenty of space to be yourself.

Holidays with friends. This is from a boat parade on Lundi Gras. My friends understand dressing up, sharing adventure and giving you plenty of space to be yourself.

sending you light and love in the new year!