Back To School


Sorry I've been off line for a while. It was a busy week getting everyone back to their worlds, tucked safely back into their perspective daytime realities. Whew! 

You know the saying, "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear?" Well, it turns out I'm the teacher. My friends Charlotte and Ellen have been asking me for a while now to teach visual jouraling. So tomorrow I will begin a 4 class series on visual journaling. Tomorrow is Lesson no. 1 and they are enthusiastic test subjects. Thanks girls. I've been busily gathering my books on journaling, preparing a "lesson plan" and a slideshow, making collage packets, a homework sheet and devising a "beginning" ritual. I'll keep you posted as the class progresses. I'll be doing their "homework" too, so I'll share those journal pages as I complete them.

In preparation for the class I had them watch this video which I found on one of favorite blogs, Dispatch From LA . Thank you Mary Ann, I hope you don't mind that I'm sharing it here. I think it applies to all the arts and why as creative people we hold ourselves back and stop too soon. Have a look at the truly talented Ira Glass expounding on his theory:

As a p.s. I want to thank all of you who have commented on my Blog Slurping post. The short of it is that it doesn't seem to be working all that well. I've had a lot of frustrated posters telling me their tales of woe and frustration. Thank you for letting me know. I'll give it a try in February, my blogversary month and I'll report back. It's such a great idea, I hope they get the kinks worked out.

4 Responses to Back To School

  1. Leau says:

    Hey Fran, thanks for stopping by my blog. Your buddy Steph got the wind horses, you’ll have to stop over and see them. Wish I was close enough to join your class, I’ve been longing to actually do some kind of journaling instead of just reading about it. I did watch all of MaryAnn’s videos and it gave me great hope that I can do it! We’ll see…smooches

  2. stephanie says:

    A journaling class?? Oh, I can’t wait to see what comes out of this…maybe I can sign up for your next one??

  3. Gwen says:

    hi fran,
    thanks for posting this video! for some reason, i didn’t watch it on MA’s blog,but it is such great advice! congratulations on your class, too! you will be great! i will miss seeing you at PLAY, i broke my wrist, and had to drop out…

  4. Chris says:

    I look forward to hearing about the classes. Ira Glass is such an inspiration, and a pragmatic man. Your book will be worth the wait, I know!

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