worth the wait

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and a doodle a day brings creativity your way.  The poem’s my own, and while I’m no sage, I’d be willing to bet a five or ten spot that it holds some truth.  
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To inspire creativity in Minneapolis, I covered a bus stop with butcher paper and colored pencils.  Made me think of changing the ‘whistle while you work’ song to something like ‘doodle while you wait.’
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The random act of happiness was inspired by the League of Creative Interventionist‘s March mission to make bus stops more playful.  Pretty cool idea for a creative intervention, right?  You can see how they come up with project ideas by watching conversational videos on their blog.
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I had barely finished hanging paper when people wandered past and asked what I was up to.  After providing some background info, I found myself doodling with 3 awesome strangers.  One of them happened to be a Minneapolis artist.
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Does it surprise you that the three of us are getting together next week?  Proof that we never know what the day holds for us, right?
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The strangers asked about other projects I’ve done in the city, and it reminded me of a ‘poetry takeover’ I staged in bus stops last year.  If you didn’t get to read about it, you can see the post here:
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Have you ever made friends in an interesting way?  Any ideas for making bus stops more fun?

sweet strawberry surprise

Jon’s been spending more time than usual at the office, and yesterday he brought a bag of snacks to keep in his desk for early mornings, late nights, and unexpected weekends. His snack bag included gas station favorites like pretzels, beef-jerkey, and cheese-sticks. No doubt perfect for road-trips, but I instantly thought about how his stash could be improved.

Images of his favorite foods raced through my mind – a dazzling mirage of caramels, cotton candy, and ice cream— and I started googling recipes to see what would keep well in his office. The answer seemed obvious when I stumbled upon strawberry shortcake in a jar: it’s berry season, Jon love anything with cake, and the jars are perfect for storing in the office kitchen.

I whipped the cream&sugar, diced the angel food cake, and headed into the office to see my sweetheart.
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If you love the recipe as much as I do, check out the artist Benedicte Caillat for similarly-artsy recipes.