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How Writing Makes You Healthier

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 […]

A Free Writing Resource For You

A Free Writing Resource For You

Many years ago, when I was writing my dissertation and struggling with the section I was working on, a friend reminded me that Thomas Mann once said, a writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than for other people. This quote helped me: it reminded me that writing doesn’t always flow naturally for writers; that if I was having a hard time, it didn’t mean that I wasn’t meant to be writing or wasn’t a “real writer.” When w […]

Tell Your Story in the Terms You Want

Tell Your Story in the Terms You Want

Many years ago, my therapist asked me, “do you see the glass half full or half empty?” I generally liked and respected and was helped by this therapist, but her question really bothered me.I went home and wrote a poem about that question—I imagined a mountain pass where two different girls walked. One girl walked over the pass unscathed, and the other girl stepped on a landmine. Would the correct question to ask those two girls be, do you see the world half full or half […]

Narratives of Healing

Narratives of Healing

I’m delighted to publish a new essay, “The Single Most Powerful Tool for Healing: Tell the Right Stories,” on Tiny Buddha. As the title of the essay suggests, the essay is about the experience of healing from trauma and the importance of having good narratives for this work. It felt vulnerable to write this essay—and that vulnerability is what the piece itself is largely about. So often, we’re quiet about our challenges, cloaked in shame about the things that hur […]

Mindful Art-Making, Re-Imagining the Future, Living up to Our Potential and Talking about Generative Scribing with Kelvy Bird

Mindful Art-Making, Re-Imagining the Future, Living up to Our Potential and Talking about Generative Scribing with Kelvy Bird

Kelvy Bird’s image–activating potential How do we respond to challenging times? How can art-making help us literally see differently so that we are able both to respond accurately to the present and to re-imagine the future? ​I’m delighted to share a conversation/ interview with Kelvy Bird about her new book Generative Scribing: A New  Social Art for the 21st Century in which she discusses just these topics! Full disclosure: I coached Kelvy on the process of w […]

The Mind Body Connection: the Power of Bringing Yoga and Writing Together

The Mind Body Connection: the Power of Bringing Yoga and Writing Together

Sometimes I used to think that bringing yoga and writing together would water down both the yoga and the writing, but that was because I was still operating in a traditional mindset that wanted to keep mind and body separate.  Now I can’t quite get back into that old mindset, but I can tell you that when we bring our mind and body together, we are able to tap into our full power and authority with ease—we’re no longer just standing on one foot trying […]

June 11th, 2018

 Last week Gabriel graduated from high school!I have a lot of emotions. Writing, as usual, helps, and so I’ve taken out my journal again. When Gabriel and Simone were babies and toddlers, I kept pretty good journals about what they were doing and how it was to be a mother of young kids. As a young mother, I was both writing for myself in the moment and writing for my future self and the future self of my kids, who would look back on our writing. Now when I read those ear […]

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