When we got home I looked it up and sure enough it fit the description for a bear paw print, probably the young one we've seen on our block. It was so deeply pressed into the mud, with five distinct claws evenly spaced in an arch.
On the left is A's box that she made. She had a book inside of the box, and I thought of how it would be good to keep a box of small notebooks and carry only one around at a time. That way if you lost one it wouldn't be so bad. MA had a purchased daytimer that was bursting with notes, lists, plans, contacts, etc. Her journals are gloriously colored and designed, but this beat up little daytimer also seemed to me to be a valuable asset. While she was talking she realized she could use some ideas from her journal for an art project she's thinking about
D said she hadn't been doing much of anything, but then realized that she does keep notes from meetings in the little elastic-wrapped notebook she had with her. And then she mentioned that she makes notes every night in a three-year journal, and has actually been doing a lot of things and keeping track of them with her journals. Someone else talked about his studio journal, and someone else showed us a piece of art that she made pulling on ideas that began life as journal notes and sketches. A showed a travel sketch that began as a pencil sketch on site and then became a mixed media entry after she went home and reworked it.