Love and Compassion

I entertained my calligraphy pens again recently, old friends that seemed glad to see me. The remit: to create a well-lettered presentation of this quotation by the Dalai Lama: Love and compassion are the pillars of world peace. It seems so simple. Everyone would like to agree with it, and yet, it seems elusive in our […] Read more


“The indecisive are always open to signs. They solicit portents; seek guidelines in the sky; open bibles to find prophetic verses. They even (I did once) walk down a row of books in a library, with eyes closed, and point to a title that will provide guidance. Eyes closed, I touched a book, and found, […] Read more

Codex 2019_Marina Soria_Mira Calligraphia_detail

Last week I emerged from my solitary bastion to go out into the world and rub elbows with other artists and writers. I’ve been thinking of my workspace as a StoryKeep – “keep” as in the inner stronghold of a castle, a refuge, plus another meaning of the word – to keep, to remember, to […] Read more


Blessing the Tools of My Work

Today is the day in the new year when many of us return to our work, having celebrated the time out of time that stretches variously from Yule to Epiphany, which falls just at the Twelfth Day of Christmas. These twelve days are figured a bit differently depending on your church or your folk way, […] Read more