Life on My Own Terms

Two summers ago I met my friend Terry Berliner when she came out to direct a play for Okoboji Summer Theatre (our “summer home”). Terry and I hit it off immediately, first on the three-hour drive back from Minneapolis where I picked her up at the airport, and then on long walks where she motivated … Read more

Learning Literary and Life Lessons #NESCBWI14

It may not look that chaotic here, but this is a writing break between crazier moments. Note that the chairs aren't in their neat and tidy rows.

“Because I wasn’t mad I saw something beautiful. I saw a color I had never seen before.” (Peter Reynolds) In his keynote address at the NESCBWI conference yesterday, Peter Reynolds–award-winning author and illustrator of North Star, The Dot,  and Ish–shared his philosophies on writing, life, art and the way he creates. The above quote comes from a … Read more

What to Write? What to Write? What to Write?

Yesterday, the talented Sarah Cottrell, who blogs for the Bangor Daily News at Housewife Plus asked me if I would help motivate her with some writing prompts as she wants to start posting daily. As I lay in bed thinking about her request, I thought maybe I should write a blog post with a list of … Read more

Emptying My In Box

I spent the morning deleting things from my four email accounts. While there are still a few emails left in each, there is something joyous about creating blank space that hasn’t yet been filled with obligations, rejections, duties, responsibilities, or lost dreams. I do this once in a while because I love the feeling of … Read more

Another Venture Begins

Festival of Lights compressed

This has been a strange year in the life of Lisa Kramer. Don’t worry, I’m not going to begin talking about myself in the third person, I just wanted to make that statement. This has been a strange year in my life. It’s as if I have finally shed my cocoon or come out of … Read more

Creativity Breeds Creativity

The ornaments Nathan has created out of stained glass. After he makes me a few more, he hopes to sell them on Etsy. Each one has a twinkle light so they can glitter day and night.

I’ve felt it happen hundreds of times. Put a group of people in a room together. Give them a creative project to work on –one with a clear goal but the flexibility for them to take ownership and make it something new. Give them encouragement and support . . . and magic happens. The air … Read more

In Search of Inspiration

  I have another confession to make . . . I often envy the people like artists and musicians who go out and make their art without letting life get in their way. I’m not talking about the big names or the movies stars, but the people who create their work and sell it at … Read more

Thoughts from the Roof, the Road, and Points in Between

I’ve often written about life as a journey. In many ways, that is the guiding metaphor for my life recently. Because of that, interesting things happen when you commit to taking an actual journey. A compact version of the journey of life, with the only difference being you know your destination (home), your traveling companions … Read more

Inspiring Creativity in Unexpected Places

  At one state university I taught an Intro to Theatre class, which I’ve taught many times before to similar groups of students–a spattering of students who signed up because of an actual interest mixed with a majority who signed up to fulfill a requirement and figured it would be  an easy class. The second … Read more

Sometimes You Have to Sit in a Coffee Shop

I like the song playing softly in the background and makes me feel grounded. Yes, the lyrics distract me a little as I sing in my head, but I love sitting in a coffee shop that plays music that I like. I only wish I had a cushy chair to sit in, but at least … Read more