da Shop: A Reader's Blog

Read, Borrow, Steal by Michelle Regan
Read, Borrow, Steal by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Jan 20, 2021

“Good artists copy; great artists steal.” - Steve Jobs Wait. It was Picasso who said “Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal.” Or maybe Hemingway? “Immature artists copy; great artists steal.” No, no. It was Igor Stravinsky. “A good composer does not imitate; he steals.” Steal, indeed. 

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Creative Intentions by Michelle Regan
Creative Intentions by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Dec 28, 2020

I’m not a New Years resolution person. Maybe it’s because to me January 1 is just the day after December 31. Maybe it’s because 80% of people break their resolutions within two months. But I think it’s mainl...

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Our Greatest Gifts by Michelle Regan
Our Greatest Gifts by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Dec 02, 2020

In 2015, Oliver Sacks got unexpected news, he had terminal cancer. Despite his diagnosis and the difficult months that followed, Sacks was, more than anything else, grateful. Grateful and inspired. So much s...

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Fear is a Backseat Driver by Michelle Regan
Fear is a Backseat Driver by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Oct 21, 2020

This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: What’s your favorite scary story? I grew up on the Goosebumps series and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I loved horror until adulthood when movies and books actually became scary.

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Finding Space to Dream by Michelle Regan
Finding Space to Dream by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Oct 10, 2020

This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: A student told me recently that everyone has at least one book in them. I didn’t want to squash his spirit, but I disagree. He certainly...

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Writer on the Run by Michelle Regan
Writer on the Run by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Aug 18, 2020

"Running and writing have a lot in common. The rhythm of feet on pavement, the tapping of fingers on keys. Both feed a need to get what’s inside out. They require commitment and focus. They teach us about ourselves. They take us to our limits and back."

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The Story Only You Can Tell by Michelle Regan
The Story Only You Can Tell by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Jul 22, 2020

This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: In the spring of 2014, I found myself sitting in an unremarkable hotel conference room waiting for a breakout session to begin. I was ...

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Unstuck: Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty by Michelle Regan
Unstuck: Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Jun 30, 2020

I think it’s best I come clean. If you’re going to trust me as your guide, I owe you that much. So, I have a confession to make: I don’t believe in writer’s block. It doesn’t make sense. As if your mind h...

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Creating Mindful Beginnings by Michelle Regan
Creating Mindful Beginnings by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on May 15, 2020

A few years ago, I worked my way through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s a 12-week self-guided workshop in creativity that’s become a cult classic among artists of all stripes. By far, the exercise that I found most useful is Cameron’s morning pages. 

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Words that Heal: The Poetry of Joy Harjo by Timothy Dyke
Words that Heal: The Poetry of Joy Harjo by Timothy Dyke

By da Shop Staff on May 05, 2020

One of the many things I love about da Shop is being able to chat about books with whomever may be in the store when I'm browsing. We can't do that in person right now, but fortunately da Shop has found a way to continue our  conversations around books. What follows is a rumination, more than a review. I was asked what I think of a Joy Harjo collection, and what follows is my response. I offer it in a spirit of conversation and reflection.

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In This Moment of Solitude, Books Can Be Our Passports
In This Moment of Solitude, Books Can Be Our Passports

By da Shop Staff on Mar 29, 2020

“In This Moment of Solitude, Books Can Be Our Passports” FACED WITH THE CANCELLATION OF HER BOOK TOUR, A WRITER TURNS TO BOOKS THAT EVOKE A SENSE OF PLACE — AND RECOMMENDS 8 BOOKS THAT MIGHT TAKE YOU SOMEWHERE, TOO.

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