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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/ craft2) supportive community3) good readers,...

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 […]

Five Questions to Help You Take Action

Why we need to take action (photo credit: By Cameron Strandberg from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada) I’ve been angry these past weeks. And under that anger is also fear and sadness. But instead of letting that stop me, I’m trying to let those feelings fuel me. In the Kavanaugh confirmation, we saw a blatant disrespect women’s voices and bodies and for truth itself. This week, a very alarming new report also came out about the state of our climate&mda […]

Taking Meaningful Action

I want to write a slightly different post today.I talk a lot about the power of our voices and the ways in which, when we are centered, we can take more meaningful action.One of the questions I often wonder about and find myself in conversation about is how our voice can be used to effect change. I believe that everything we say—and do—matters and has an impact. I believe that smiling at a child makes a difference, that writing a poem makes a difference.But today I want to wri […]

How Writing Makes You Healthier

Most of us remember daily diaries from when we were kids. If we were girls, our diaries may have had pretty pictures on the front and a little locket. But what was outside wasn’t really important. It was what was inside that mattered. Little did many of us know that our journals actually helped keep us healthy–not only emotionally and psychologically but also physically. James Pennebaker, a social scientist and researcher at the University of Texas, has done groundbreaking work […]

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