September 20, 2021

Every now and then, I come across a project that resonates with me and Mary Jo Hoffman‘s daily photo blog, STILL is one such project. For almost a decade, the aerospace engineer-cum-artist has posted an image everyday of something she’s found –– a gingko leaf, a pine cone, branches, feathers, and dried flowers –– in and around her Minneapolis home. The accompanying text is thoughtful and poetic. The photographs caught my attention, yes, but it was Hoffman’s daily discipline that I found equally compelling. “When you’re doing it every day like that, some days are very pedestrian,” she says. “Not every day is artful, and that’s kind of the fun of it. It’s like doing scales. But then on some days magic happens.” As someone who blogs everyday, and has done for years, Hoffman’s words were a helpful reminder that when you’re in anything for the long haul, there are good days, bad ones, and once in a while, an amazing one.


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