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Remembering Mary Oliver

Last week Mary Oliver died. Oliver was a huge model and influence for me, as for so many.  I plan to write more about her in the upcoming weeks, but for today I want to share one of her poems with gratitude for her work and for her spirit:   The Swan Did you too see...

Make 2019 the year you embrace your full story

Whether you're new to writing or a veteran, published writer, it's likely that some of your writing habits may be unhealthy. And it's likely that some of your expectations for your writing don't always serve your own best interests. We can all get stuck in unhelpful...

Happy Solstice!

    Today is solstice, the shortest, darkest day of the year. We're as far as the sun as we're going to get. And tomorrow we come get just a bit closer to the sun again. In this cold, dark time of year, it can sometimes feel that the outer darkness reflects...

Make of Yourself A Light

Today is the first day of Hanukkah, a celebration of the miracle of light. In the Hanukkah story, when it seemed that there was no more light left, the light kept burning until a new reserve of oil was ready.Even in dark times, we have access to more light than we sometimes know. At this dark and busy time of year, it’s important to remember the miracle of not only the external lights, but also the internal.To honor the light that is within each of us, I want to share a poem by Mary […]

In honor of the earth, the harvest, and the sacred

​I want to share with you two poems for the holiday season, both by Native American women.These poems are in the spirit of what I think is best about Thanksgiving–our celebration of the earth’s harvest and our connection with the earth, with one another and with ourselves.  The first is a poem by Linda Hogan, The Way In Sometimes the way to milk and honey is through the body.Sometimes the way in is a song.But there are three ways in the world: dangerous, woundin […]

Ten Important Things to Look For in a Writing Class

Sometimes people ask me what to look for in a creative writing class, so I thought make a list of some of the most important qualities to look for and why. 1) attention to process/emotional support and attention to product/ craft 2) supportive community 3) good...

Breaking Silences

Over the past weeks, I’ve been writing about the importance of speaking and writing the truth. We might see this historic moment as a struggle between the truth and lies: is climate change real and worthy of our attention or is it a hoax? Does it matter if supreme court justices lie under oath? do we listen to the voices of women who are speaking the truth about abuse they suffered? is it programs like social security and medicare that bankrupt a country’s purse and moral […]

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