Shame and Courage – Part Two

 A few days ago I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and came across this image on the comedian Amy Schumer's page: I didn't hesitate to save the image and share it on my own page with the following comment: I am one of the one in four.  Shortly thereafter I got a text from … Continue reading Shame and Courage – Part Two

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Start With the Problem

I was talking a good friend recently about the state of my writing life. She said something to me that resonated deeply. Start with the problem, she said. To be honest, she was referring to a lesson she has learned as an editor and in working with developing stories, but it works for me and my … Continue reading Start With the Problem

On Shame and Courage

A few days ago I posted this image of my 20-something self and my teenaged daughter on my Instagram.     I wrote this text to go along with it: I’m sure it seems vain to post this, but I’m working on honoring my body - in all the various forms and shapes it has … Continue reading On Shame and Courage

Has a Poem Ever Made You Cry?

Donald Hall died Saturday.  Donald Hall was an extraordinary poet who I came to know through the poetry of his wife, Jane Kenyon, who quickly became one of my favorite writers for her spare, essential descriptions of life, nature, and ultimately, death. (She died at age 47 of leukemia.) Kenyon was much younger than her … Continue reading Has a Poem Ever Made You Cry?

Strike While the Iron is Hot

    While I am not writing a poem a day this year inspiration still strikes from time to time, if I set down my phone and sit down with a pen and paper. This piece wrote itself this week - here is a rough draft, just the way it appeared to me:   we … Continue reading Strike While the Iron is Hot

She Would Have Been 50 Today…

I won't lie, 50 has been a rough six months so far. At least I'm halfway through it. Since my birthday in December - which wimpered, rather than roared, in the way I had hoped it would - I have been sick with a mild and lingering case of the flu, then allergies, then a … Continue reading She Would Have Been 50 Today…