Naming (and Claiming) Your World

I read the following passage the other morning, as I was sipping my coffee, the morning light slowly rising.  It struck a chord. Reading and writing one’s world is a way of claiming one’s personhood. …to name your world is to claim your world. …In a real sense, your impulse to write lyric poetry can also [...]

The Fullness of Everything and Nothing

It’s been a full week as so many of them are and it’s often the case that full does not equal bad but just equals full, no more and no less, and there are things that need doing, both good and less-good, but this week it’s been mostly good although I’m missing my son terribly [...]

It Begins with Tea

Words of now. (no editing)     Tea. Honey. Lemon. An almost-sore throat. Hint. Idea. Trouble. No worry. Today. Just one. Friend. Coffee. Store. Food. Luxury. Car. Highway. Home. Family. Love. Kindness. Understanding. Misunderstanding. Foundation. Exploration. Support. Love (again) (more, please). Always. Forever. Sometimes. Okay. How do you do? Fine. Not fine. Better. Best. Okay. [...]

Sometimes {and a hiatus}

Sometimes.   Sometimes I want to cry because I am sad or overwhelmed. Sometimes I want to cry because I feel completely connected to All.   Sometimes I want to eat vegetables and fruits. Sometimes I want to eat freshly baked cookies and sourdough bread.   Sometimes I want to have long and deep and [...]

It Begins with Zinnias

Words of now.  (no editing)     Zinnias. Evening.  Sunshine.  Shadows. Rose tea.  Birches.  Green grass. Lavender.  Hum.  Summer. Tired.  Long.  Questions (always).  Sisters. Mother.  Father.  Children. Grandparents.  Questions (again).  Preparing.  Waiting. Wondering.  Dancing.  Sitting. Waiting (still).  Trying.  Whispers. Laughter.  Fingers.  Rings. Love.  Circles.  Holding. Safety.  Home.  Surprise. Edges.  Insides.  Intersection. Happy.  Neutral.  Expanding. Contracting.  Sifting.  Belief. Faith.  Grace.  All. Everything.  Nothing.  Something. Careful.  Respect.  Welcome. Reconciled.  Here.  Hello. Curious.  Them.  Us. Together.  One.   [...]

:: Ten Things :: {and Marie Howe}

One of my go-to writing practices is that of listing ten things that I notice in a particular moment, in a right now.  It’s a wonderful way to slow down and bring myself into the present.  It’s a way to get words from my heart onto the paper when streams of sentences feel too hard [...]

Tiptoeing

Sometimes when I declare something (out loud) it leaves me feeling frozen, shaky, vulnerable.  If you receive my monthly letters, or if you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I’ve shared (out loud) my intention to write a book.  What the what?  Yes, it’s true. I have ideas and photos to sift through, [...]

The Waves

In one hundred words or less... I struggle knowing how to use my energies best.  Always the ongoing parenting role.  Always the meals and cleaning and laundry.  But also.  The camera and pen calling for attention.  Do I sit to write first thing?  Or do I bake the cinnamon rolls on a cold, windy morning?  I [...]

(Not New) Lessons

Lessons in living this week.  That's what I keep thinking about.  Surely, there are lessons every week, every day, every minute.  But this week...well, it was a week.  I don't talk politics in this space and, even with the mention of it there (twelve words back), that's all I'll do.  The word, the mention.  Because [...]