Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash I can’t help But reach out to you, Say hello: Are we friends? We once knew one another? Please let it be true. The first thing you notice about A is her eyes. Dark, large, luminous, her eyes are ones that see so deeply, lovingly, and well, that crinkle in… Continue reading Saying Hello–Do We Know One Another?
Author Photo, Winter 2017, End of Day Dorothea Brande’s declaration about how to live awake was first published in 1936. In her book Wake Up and Live! she described the impact that this principle had on her life and on the life of others who used it. Brande is quick to explain that she did not… Continue reading Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail
Photo from Skitterphoto.com *Or, Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should **And, Don’t Poke a Sleeping Dragon I didn’t come up that pithy KISS title. It comes from the U.S. Navy in 1960 and was used to encourage deep thinking, elegant and logical solutions to complex problems. In the 1950’s, International Business Machines used… Continue reading KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid*
For years, I have written 1,000 word pieces right after I complete my hand-scrawled morning pages. This is not to say that I write great prose; it’s simply that I show up every day and write 1,000 words. Why 1,000 Words? I was inspired to write 1,000 words a day after reading the remarkable Making a… Continue reading Write Words Just for Yourself
Recently, I attended a major writers conference. Happily, I returned with insights, connections, and tools. When I described the event to a friend, I recognized the surprisingly minor role it played in deepening and reinvigorating my work. I am not disappointed. I accomplished what I set out to do. I studied with a master craftsman.… Continue reading Reinventing a Writer’s Forum
Stunned, silent children: No good words yet to describe Open to learning Teacher at the front of the classroom, warm, friendly and assessing the rumpled classroom. Summer-fresh children gaze back, sun-kissed, relaxed bodies forced into tight rows or tidy circles, awkward in strange-smelling desks. When you look over the sea of kids, they might appear… Continue reading Curious Water