Inspiration Filter
  1. The Deal of the Art

    A busy physician goes to a gallery on her day off and finds that art is precisely what that doctor ordered: “I no longer wanted to escape the world.”

    Art
  2. [I]t seems to me that bouncing back relies on certain predictable laws of motion. But nothing is predictable anymore. That means we’re not going to bounce back. We’re going to bounce forward or sideways or all over the place, and we’re going to have to figure out how to do it as we go.

    Current Events
  3. The Obama Foundation

    The Obama Foundation’s focus is on developing the next generation of citizens — and what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century.

    Inspiration
    Photo by Warren Taylor
  4. Mer Mag

    At Mer Mag, illustrator and dollmaker Merrilee Liddiard spreads her love for crafts and kid-friendly DIY projects, from whimsical costumes to homemade party decorations.

    Crafts
  5. “I Write Because…”: Six Bloggers on Finding Inspiration for Their Sites

    Bloggers reflect on what drives them to hit the “Publish” button time and again.

    Inspiration
  6. A Dash of Color: Four Crafts and DIY Blogs to Explore

    From homemade toys to party decorations, these sites inspire visitors to add a touch of whimsy (and good design) to their everyday lives.

    Art

    No-sew masks by Flax & Twine.

  7. Writing SFF in the Resistance

    “So what part will writers and illustrators and comic book writers and creators of SFF play in this coming struggle? . . . That’s up to us. To decide to see this story through. To write and dream of that better ending.” Phenderson Djèlí Clark on writing in the midst of dark, trying times.

    Fiction
  8. Telling Story, Sharing Light: A Roundtable Discussion with the Women of Tea&Bannock

    Tea&Bannock is a supportive community celebrating life through the Indigenous gaze. Meet the seven artists behind it.

    Culture
    Photo by Tenille Campbell.
  9. “One of my resolutions is to get in the habit of writing more frequently, and part of that is learning to write shorter.”

    Inspiration
  10. A Glimpse into 2017: You and Your Site in the New Year (Part III)

    Another set of bloggers share their resolutions and plans for 2017.

    Inspiration
  11. Anticipation of the Year Ahead

    “I will continue to live in the moment and practice gratitude for every blessing I have: My family, my health, my freedom, my ability to follow my dreams and my quest to make a difference in the world even if it is small.” The blogger at thirdeyemom responds to a recent photo challenge, “Anticipation.”

    Inspiration
  12. 30 Excellent Quotes from Powerful Women on Overcoming Failure

    From Maya Angelou to Tina Fey, StyleCaster collected 30 smart statements on recovering from failure, applicable to members of all genders.

    Inspiration
  13. A Glimpse into 2017: You and Your Site in the New Year (Part I)

    Community members at WordPress.com share their goals and plans for the New Year.

    Inspiration
  14. The Power of Words: A Selection of Poetry from 2016

    Journal and zine editors share some of the powerful work they shared in the past year.

    Authors

    "teasel in b&w," by PaulaB at The Temenos Journal.

  15. An “Open Apology” Gone Viral: Amy Rawe on Blogging, Community, and Dolly Parton

    A blogger reflects on a post read by millions in the short span of four days.

    Inspiration
    Image by Kristopher Harris (CC BY 2.0).