The book is Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird”. I came across it at my local library in the new releases section and the title caught my eye. This was mostly because my husband Joel is a devout birder. When I looked closer, I saw “some instructions on writing and life” and was even more intrigued. Joel has his own web page and published infrequently to it. I thought it would be a great aid to him to increase his writing output so I checked it out. Well, I read it first and loved it. “Bird by bird” became a favorite expression in our house as an approach to tackling any big projects. Over time, it became “bead by bead” for me. It’s how I bead. Off loom beadwork consists of a needle, a single length of thread, and the addition of beads pretty much one at a time. False starts and bad concepts are part of the process. I’ve found it helpful to just set them aside and begin anew, building bead by bead.