Author: Margaret Oliver

Devoted to three main passions: design, writing, and fine art endeavors. I find inspiration for my work from people, philosophical ideas, and the world around me. In my spare time I enjoy wine tasting and travel.

Thoughts on Writing a Eulogy

When my mother passed away April 2nd, 2016 it was devastating. At first, it felt I was on the wrong end of a very bad joke. An invisible fog seemed to constrict me as details of interstate flights, rental car information, packing lists, phone calls to loved ones, and planning took on surreal aspects I can only describe as numbing…

How to Buy an Electric Kiln

Steps I’ve bought three kilns thus far, each from a different type of seller. One was a small test kiln that I purchased from a licensed distributor of the make and model I already knew I wanted. You can look up kiln manufacturers and then research who they distribute their wares through. I suggest an initial search via websites from…

Response to Silly Memes

I’ve noticed quite a few memes spreading across the Internet giving advice about how to live a “happy” life. But many of these messages give people the wrong ideas. Such as, “smile more”. If we all smiled when we didn’t feel like smiling, then we are basically being advised to be fake. How is that going to help anyone? Another…

Wrapping up a new Website Redesign

Hi all, I’ve been enjoying working with Wynne Wright to completely overhaul and execute a website redesign for her company, Sixteen Sprigs. She runs a lavender farm here in Lansing, Michigan, and needed a way to get the word out about her locally produced lavender products as well as a nice online shopping experience for her customers. I spent time…

margaret-oliver-2015“It is great to be back in Lansing, Michigan after a fantastic photographic caravan across the country from the San Francisco Bay Area, California all the way back here across route 80. I traveled through quite a number of lovely states such as Nevada, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois! Looking forward to playing with all the images I took of this wonderful country just in time for an online review launching July 4th. Meanwhile, hope you are all enjoying the Summer.”