My Cup Runneth Over: Checking in and Deciding What’s Next

Hello Friends! It's been so long! I've thought about you nearly every day since I last wrote, on July 18th. Wasn't that all about circuses and monkeys? Could you relate? If you're into astrology at all, that was as we were heading into the July 26th Mercury Retrograde, which is about to end in the … Continue reading My Cup Runneth Over: Checking in and Deciding What’s Next

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Read When You Need a Pep Talk

Or: When You Write About What You Want to Say to Someone Else and It Ends Up Being What You Need to Hear. I'm a little grumpy today, so I decided to vent a bit in my journal.  I was writing about people in my life who are frustrating me just a tad and how I want … Continue reading Read When You Need a Pep Talk

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

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?