Author: Isa Catto

Soul Sister

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s…

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Flower Stalker

Rocky Mountain Penstemon I am a wildflower stalker, albeit a haphazard one.  My dedication falters when learning proper nomenclature.  My mother started me on this path when I was a child. We hiked in the same hills where I now live –the Colorado Rockies —  and before each hike she would load the nylon hunter orange…

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Beast of Burden

“They are all beasts of burden in a sense, ‘ Thoreau once remarked of animals, ‘made to carry some portion of our thoughts.’ Animals are the old language of the imagination; one of the ten thousand tragedies of their disappearance would be a silencing of this speech.”  Rebecca Solnit I have decided to join the…

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Hat Lady

In a hat in the cyclades.  I was eleven. I have different hats; I’m a mother, I’m a woman, I’m a human being, I’m an artist and hopefully I’m an advocate. All of those plates are things I spin all the time.       Annie Lennox I have always loved hats. Years ago I…

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Googlemania

Google bike The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. Jean-Jacques Rousseau My kids would be the first to tell you that I am so not on the cusp of the new, new thing, or the new thing. Or even just the thing. But after a recent trip to silicon…

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Performance Anxiety

It seems I am still doing homework. When I was in  elementary school, my parents never went near my homework. They may have proofed some papers in high school, or noodled around with a math problem, but I was on my own if anything crafty surfaced. It’s a different matter these days, and I find…

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Juan Felipe Herrera

Our son and Juan Felipe Herrera on stage at the Paepke Auditorium on the Aspen Institute campus. photo credit: Will Sardinsky “Not everybody wants to be looked at. Everybody wants to be seen.” Amanda Palmer Last week I took our children to hear our United States poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, who opened the Winter…

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Flower Child

Just living is not enough….one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Hans Christian Andersen The gardening catalogues are clogging up our post box and I am daydreaming about my gardening future. I’m beginning to feel the earth move under my feet, even through a foot of snow.  Conservation InternationaI’s “I need nature” campaign…

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One World is Enough

Pablo Picasso at Museum of Modern Art I don’t believe in influence. I think that in order to be an artist, you have to move. When you stop moving, then you’re no longer an artist. And if you move from somebody else’s position, you simply cannot know the next step. I think that everyone is…

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November Giveaway:Bringing Potlatch Back

Win this print starting November 16th, 2015! I have been rereading Lewis Hyde’s The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. It is so dense that I have to circle back every few years to refresh my memory. It takes some dedication, but the effort is worth it. In Hyde’s analysis of the…

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