green bee tea towels

Low-maintenance towels, for high-maintenance messes. Towels for the busy bee. brand, tagline, messaging, editorial calendar, social/content strategy Through Novella Brandhouse, I worked with Rena Krouse, a maker and entrepreneur with a wit to rival comediennes. (I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much around a conference table.) When Green Bee came to us, Rena knewContinue reading “green bee tea towels”

Genesis 1- Themes – “Moad”

This chiasm focuses on the themes of Genesis 1 and the Creation Story. Chiasms are an ancient literary tool Hebrew writers used to convey ideas. The root “chi” (k-eye) comes from the Greek letter x or chi. Chiasms show how scripture folds in on itself. The idea is that themes mirror each other so thatContinue reading “Genesis 1- Themes – “Moad””

Chiasm: Genesis 1 – 11 “He Rests”

As the story of creation unfolds, we encounter the reality of sin and the glory of redemption. God begins a relationship with the pride of his creation: humanity. It’s a dramatic story of ups and downs. This painting is a depiction of the greater chiasm found within the story of the beginnings of humanity fromContinue reading “Chiasm: Genesis 1 – 11 “He Rests””

Dylan Pyles & the Urgency of Punk 

I met Dylan Pyles at an artist’s book club. For ten weeks, our group talked about all the fears and joys of producing art. Dylan spent most of those weeks cross-legged, nibbling on his nails, and occasionally offering a word. But when he did, you listened. (Honestly, as we all should anytime someone talks, butContinue reading “Dylan Pyles & the Urgency of Punk “

A Q&A with Matt Cooper of Little Chief

Coop Dawg is back! I met Matt Cooper my freshman year of college in a dorm room. He was playing some sweet riffs on an acoustic guitar in my friend Sam’s room. He became one of my good friends during my college years at the University of Arkansas and it was a joy to cheerContinue reading “A Q&A with Matt Cooper of Little Chief”

A Conversation with Matt Hamer of Mr. Golden Sun

I was sure when the chorus dropped, that Kansas City was the will of God. (Place and Time, Mr. Golden Sun) I get a lot of suggestions for music. Like any art, music can be all levels of good, but true art stops you in your tracks. It compels you to share it. Good artContinue reading “A Conversation with Matt Hamer of Mr. Golden Sun”

A Brief Interview with Novo Amor’s Ali Lacey and Ed Tullett

For Ali Lacey, a place is a feeling. His debut full-length album under the moniker Novo Amor is titled “Birthplace” and isn’t even really about where the Cardiff-based musician was born, but more about discovering himself during the time he spent in Woodgate, New York. He even has the zip code written on his guitar.Continue reading “A Brief Interview with Novo Amor’s Ali Lacey and Ed Tullett”

Listening Now: Bluegrass for White Winters

Give a hollar! In preparation for the Trampled by Turtles concert this weekend, I’ve been listening to a lot of bluegrass, which has made me nostalgic for my square dancing days in Arkansas. We can thank Bill Monroe (the father of bluegrass) and his band The Bluegrass Boys for this subgenre of American roots music.Continue reading “Listening Now: Bluegrass for White Winters”

Listening Now: Covers That Changed Everything 

Something Old, Something New Cover songs have been around since the early days of recorded music. Whether it was an easy way to extend a set or a way to change the feel of a song completely, covers have made and remade entire careers. This week we’re throwing it back to a couple of favesContinue reading “Listening Now: Covers That Changed Everything “

Listening Now: Best Albums of 2018

What a year. This year I turned 25 (my swanky 20s-themed party pictured above) and celebrated with new friends who have become close friends, grew a ton in my work, challenged myself to write and paint with this little project and by saying yes to every commission, explored Colorado for the first time accompanied byContinue reading “Listening Now: Best Albums of 2018”

Listening Now: Love & Boxing Day

Time Warp. I’m writing this, as I usually do, on a Monday, which happens to be Christmas Eve. You’re reading this, if you bothered to open your email over the holidays, on Wednesday. By now it is Boxing Day and the holiday that I am currently eagerly anticipating you have already celebrated. Time is a funnyContinue reading “Listening Now: Love & Boxing Day”

Listening Now: Joy! Feel Good Beats + Indie Dance Tracks

JOY! OMG, You guys it’s Christmas! This week we’re looking at JOY! It’s been a busy month of a lot of projects and late nights and Hugo and I have had a lot of dance parties. With any luck, I will be holding the best little bundle of joy in my arms Thursday when IContinue reading “Listening Now: Joy! Feel Good Beats + Indie Dance Tracks”

Listening Now: Hope & Light

HOPE & LIGHT Wow. Where did November go? I love the Christmas season, but it’s suddenly here and time seems to speed by so quickly I barely get to sit in the season of peace. But that’s probably my own doing…or the caffeine. I found it harder than I thought to find songs explicitly aboutContinue reading “Listening Now: Hope & Light”

Listening Now: Christmas Unicorns

Real talk: Convicted by Lifetime Christmas movies So I was recently making my way through some really craptastic Christmas movies when I found myself convicted. In the Netflix/Lifetime Christmas movie “Dear Santa” a 20-something rich girl falls for a dad with a kid who runs a homeless shelter. It’s pretty classic Hallmark/Lifetime style (I couldn’tContinue reading “Listening Now: Christmas Unicorns”

Listening Now: Indie Shallow Dive (Part 2: Men) + Mumford “Delta” Review

I like friends who stand by their opinions. I was talking to my friend Katherine yesterday and shared a very passionate opinion about an author I did not enjoy. She replied with about the same amount of feeling how much she loved the author. I like having friends with opinions. And I have plenty of themContinue reading “Listening Now: Indie Shallow Dive (Part 2: Men) + Mumford “Delta” Review”

Listening Now: Indie Shallow Dive (Part 1: Women)

 A friend told me recently that I need to save some content for future posts. Lol. The music world keeps spinning, y’all. I’m five weeks into this little side project and I’m realizing how much I DON’T know about this hobby that I dearly love (music). What I put in this newsletter is barely halfContinue reading “Listening Now: Indie Shallow Dive (Part 1: Women)”

Listening Now: Ameri-Can I? A brief look at Americana

What a year it’s been in America. Today we’re looking at the latest and greatest in Americana music. Like America, Americana music is quite the melting pot. It’s a genre that has evolved from all walks of life basically having huge musical jam sessions together for hundreds of years. “Americana is contemporary music that incorporatesContinue reading “Listening Now: Ameri-Can I? A brief look at Americana”

Listening Now: Chill the Folk Out

TLDR: It’s getting chilly, so chill the folk out. This week’s Listening Now is a brief exploration of folk, its relation to place, and a very small portion of all that it entails: everything from a classic guitar and rustic voice pairing (MPJ) to the occasional orchestration of mandolins (Beta Radio) to neo-folk/Americana (Blind Pilot andContinue reading “Listening Now: Chill the Folk Out”

Woman to her husband in an airport 

“They found a body in a field in Fairmont.”  “Hmm, did they?” he responds, flipping a page in a book about war.  “They think he was killed in the city, then taken out.”  The husband nods his head once. “Still haven’t found who did it.”  A phone buzzes.  “Angie said she can host the babyContinue reading “Woman to her husband in an airport “

Listening Now: Madelynne’s Mix Tapes

Welcome to the first issue of Listening Now! In this weekly newsletter, I will spill my current jamz, only the best YouTube links, concerts you should put on your calendar and why, and I may sprinkle in some other things. Hugo will probably offer his two paws. And there’s already talk of some guest posts.Continue reading “Listening Now: Madelynne’s Mix Tapes”

One Thing I Learned from My Father

Per the annual holiday sales excursion, tensions were high. My mother and sister were in some clothing store negotiating a clothing budget, my brothers had occupied themselves at the nearest game store. So here we were, my father and I, searching for an island in the sea of holiday shopping bags. The pair of largeContinue reading “One Thing I Learned from My Father”

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi Patron Saint of animals, merchants, ecology.  Acrylic on canvas  Commissioned This was a long-time-coming commission for my friend Ian. The painting includes motifs echoing St. Francis’ love of nature and simplicity. He is wearing a simple green tunic, symbolizing growth, with leaves and flowers also echoing growth. He holds three birdsContinue reading “St. Francis of Assisi”

Hay in a Needlestack

Eloise creeped carefully down the hallway, her small feet filling the width of each board as she avoided the cracks. She could hear the thump, thump, thump of Lady Gladdis searching the halls. Frantically, Eloise ran into the library looking for a place to hide. In swift movement she ran and ducked behind the couch.Continue reading “Hay in a Needlestack”


This was Simon’s year. He was going to win the sandcastle competition. He’d done hours of research (dating back to the ancient days of sand painting), perfecting his style (gothic probably) and technique (drip method, perhaps?). He could hardly sleep last night out of excitement. It was the fifth annual competition and he would emergeContinue reading “Sandcastles”

Old Time Revival: Square Dancing in Fayetteville

  FAYETTEVILLE–A few years ago I met a poet, which should’ve been a sign because every good epic starts with a poet. His name is Willi Goehring. We got to talking and sharing poetry on the cool Monday night in the fall. I’d been watching him from over the top of my computer, swinging myContinue reading “Old Time Revival: Square Dancing in Fayetteville”

Sufjan’s Soliloquy

I  took an extended weekend up to Kansas City with the Tribe of Jones to see Sufjan Steven’s in concert Tuesday. This was my second Sufjan concert, the first being four years ago during his “Age of Adz” tour. The concert was fantastical. Stevens played the entire two hours to a full house, playing hisContinue reading “Sufjan’s Soliloquy”

II. Paranoia

She’d be reading in her chair, or snuggled up in bed watching tv. There’d be a knock at the door and she’d wonder who was at this odd hour. She wouldn’t be scared that it’s an axe murderer because for some reason she just knew it wasn’t. And so she’d get up and walk toContinue reading “II. Paranoia”

How the Snow Began

Come and listen to the tale of how the snow began how the stars turned night to white and fell into your hand     From her perch on top of her hut in her little Alaskan village, Ila stared into the northern night, tracing the stars with her fingertips.  She could taste the saltyContinue reading “How the Snow Began”

Knew to Love You Better

Wrote this for my sister a while ago, but can’t find the journal with original lyrics and chords, so still working it out. ——————— G, C, D (1) This house is bare and lonesome We used to fill it with our harmonies But I haven’t heard your voice in weeks in weeks Kept waiting for youContinue reading “Knew to Love You Better”

Red Moon

An ode to our sweet countryside ——————— in G progression or C, D, Em7, A   Howl at the red moon As stars burn to morning blaze Count not the hours Count, no count not the days Following dancing rivers Chasing setting suns Until we reach, until we reach that ocean side   Chorus: OhContinue reading “Red Moon”

Say Something

Realism is minute; it is the drama of a broken teacup, the tragedy of a walk down the block, the excitement of an afternoon call, the adventure of an invitation to dinner. -Frank Norris,  A Plea for Romantic Fiction (1901)   “Can I sit here?” she asked, blue eyes batting. He looked up, “of course.”Continue reading “Say Something”

The Tea Cup Collector, an allegory.

Every once in a while I get in a creative mood where I write children’s stories to vicariously solve or explain my recent problems. Children’s stories just make everything better. Maybe someday there will be illustrations. Enjoy! —————————————– The Tea Cup Collector, an allegory.  —————————————– Once there was a little girl named Lee. She collectedContinue reading “The Tea Cup Collector, an allegory.”

You Are What You Drink

Mumbled voices brewing conversation, filling tall ceilings with talk of plans and hearts and disappointments and she-said-that!s and the occasional eruption of laughter.  Whispers bounce off red brick walls. Coffee machines hiss as puffs of steam curl in clouds. A husky aroma fills the air. A mix of caramel syrups and Colombian blend. Mis-matched chairsContinue reading “You Are What You Drink”

Why Tigers Are Orange

Once upon a time there was a tiger named Purple. Her name was purple because back then all the tigers had a different colored coat, and they named the color of their coat, and that color was their name. This is how all the colors came to be. Anywho. Purple had a best friend namedContinue reading “Why Tigers Are Orange”