un announcement

I’ve decided it’s high time that I start getting my life in order. Enough of this crazy disorganization, I say! – well, I’ll keep some of it, no doubt; there’s a certain degree of comfort in a little clutter. Some things, however, need a good metaphorical spring-cleaning and I decided my website looked sad and pathetic and lonely, and then I thought that my blog title and url no longer match anyway – and so I’ve heaved to and switched everything! Rather than just a blog, I’m now queen of my own domain over at mirriamneal.com and from there, I’ll do everything – blog, artwork, columns, writing, life in general. It’s a much neater setup, and I hope you enjoy it! This blog will still be here, and I’ve lined to it on the Wishful Thinking website so you can come back and browse as much as you like. This isn’t an upheaval so much as a change of address. See you there!



say ‘no’ to negativity

tumblr_mohn4ppsFY1spdt5eo1_1280I really feel like God has been putting a few things on my heart lately, and one of them is positivity. I’ve always been what I like to refer to as a ‘poptimist’ – 50% pessimist, 50% optimist. But over the last few years, I feel like mentally I’ve slid more toward the pessimistic side of my personality, and I want to take back the optimistic side. I then ran across this quote by Yoko Ono from Cleaning Piece III –

Try to say nothing negative about anybody.

a) for three days

b) for forty-five days

c) for three months

See what happens to your life.

Much to my good fortune, I misread it, and thought it said ‘try to say nothing negative about anything.’ Period. “That sounds way too hard,” I thought, and went about the rest of my day. As evening fell, I began thinking more and more about those words. Good things are almost always hard, right? You have to work for what you want. So as of this morning, I resolve to attempt not saying anything negative for three days. This includes anything negative about others – if my sister doesn’t pick up after herself, then I will – or myself – if I don’t like my hair, I’ll wear a hat. They say that you form a habit in three weeks, but here it’s going to start in three days. I’m not including ‘thinking negative’ because outward actions create inward habits, and I have to start one to get the other. It’s a start.

> exit, pursued by a bear.

kissable dandelion fuzz: portraits of summer

Today for the first time in too long, I went for a bike ride. I took the bike out of the garage, pumped up the wheels, and cruised around the subdivision with the wind blowing my hair and the pedals digging into my bare feet. It was a day for sunglasses and shorts and playing on the grass with my nephew S and his bud, B. It was a day for chewing grass to prove to a six-year-old that I could, for admiring chalk art on the sidewalk, and loving the juxtaposition of cool grass and the sun’s heat. I’m not an ‘outdoorsy’ person, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the outdoors. Today, I proved to myself that I could play, that I could do something outside and have fun. Today, for the first time this year, I fell in love with summer.






My sisters are pretty fun people.