Happy Birthday;or What Now?

December is my birthday month and Sunday is my birthday. This is my personal “new year” and traditionally the time when I reflect the past year and plan for the fresh one on the horizon.     As you know, I’ve had lots of time on my hands lately (ahem) due to unemployment and now […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where in the World am I?

In a funny way, in the way things often go, the last post I wrote on April 8 was prescient. I wrote it after reading the book Present Over Perfect and shared some of the quotes pulled from the book. Like this one: if someone gave you a completely blank calendar and a bank account as full […]

Favorite Tidbits from Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

I recently came across this book on one of my thrift store adventures. You know how something leaps out at you and you just grab it without really thinking about it? Well, that happened to me with this book. And it wasn’t a big risk since it was, like, $1.98. #bonus #guiltfree Of course, the […]