What To Write About

Later today my daughter and I head out to register her for college. So I want to get my weekly writer’s blog done and out to you before we go. But, what to write about? (Something we writers often ask ourselves as we stare at the empty page or screen). I just spent a week with 14 (most amazing) writers at Write-By-The-Lake. Should I write about that? Last night I met up with 8 writers from the Spring Green area as part of the Write Your Story Project. I could write about that. Or, how we live a storied life, about this month’s … Continue reading

A Writer’s Feast

Dear Writers, Here’s my writerly menu. Join me for some great “meals” for the writer’s soul! Starting on Monday the 15th, I will be at the Write-By-The-Lake for a week. Attendees refer to this retreat as a “week at a writer’s spa.” My class is full but there’s still a chance to learn from some wonderful, fantastic instructors at this event including Kathy Steffen and Laurie Scheer. In June I begin my FREE series: Write Your Story Project. Come and attend three summer seminars on writing, held in the Spring Green area. The first one is Monday evening, June 22nd, from 6 till … Continue reading

Here, Writer, Take This Gift

Dear Writers,  Here is my monthly (Zero Point) blog I am re-gifting to you.  Our writing, and then sending out our words to the world to receive is a gift we offer each other. We must join in the community of spirit by sending out our creations. Dust off the poem, manuscript, or essay and send it out to be read. As writers we must take the risk of living our life in the open. There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street, and being the noise. –Rumi, A Community of The … Continue reading

Here, Take This Gift

Everything gets down to choice. We live a storied life. Be in the moment. Forgive. Trust is fundamental to forward movement. Living an intentional life brings happiness and fulfillment. Rely on spiritual principles. Remember life is precious and short; therefore, consider what is truly meaningful. Everything points to your belonging. Offer your gifts to the world without need for recognition. We transform the outer world from within ourselves. Live life from your side. (Take responsibility for your life). Know what you are in agreement with. Spend time in nature. Learn to let go. These are fundamental principles that most of … Continue reading

In Other Words . . .

“Facts can never be understood except in communion with the imagination.”– Parker J Palmer   “Writing, real writing, should leave a small sweet bruise somewhere on the writer . . . and on the reader.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés   “Does the blind man own his escort? No, neither do we the story: rather it is the story that owns us and directs us.”–Chinua Achebe   “We transcend this world by being able to story it differently.” –David R. Loy, The World is made of Stories “Fairy tales, as G. K. Chersterton once said, are more than true. Not because … Continue reading

Still Writing

I began writing into journals at the age of sixteen. I still write in journals, pocket notebooks, note cards, sticky notes, and, sooner or later, into my computer. Writing is a way of life for me. It is how I hold conversations with the Great Unknown. I give myself permission to write about whatever calls to me. I write out whatever spiritual paradox, creative idea, or, relationship challenge presents itself to me. As I write I story my life. Instead of letting the world, or my past, or even circumstances I am in dictate my story, I write. I reframe. I re-story. I add new characters, … Continue reading

Better Late Than Never (Or Not?)

For me living the active life gets down to conversation and community. I emphasize doing spiritual and creative work in circle, whenever possible. I hold all my classes in circles because we are all teachers, we all bring something unique and meaningful to the whole. As a leader, I learn too from those who show up and share their wisdom. Writing, relationships, and spiritual practice depend upon our showing up in an on-going conversation around our ideas, intentions and questions. One of my circles is “virtual.” We meet on-line for a virtual writing circle around 5 am to write together. Community is felt … Continue reading

So Much Here

“The entire heavenly realm is within us, but to find it we have to relate to what’s outside.”  ­ –Joseph Campbell No signs of our cranes this year, although a male crane appears each sunrise calling out his primordial song. My husband claimed this could mean a female is there on her nest. I doubted it because there wasn’t any sign of them doing their usual mating dance or nest building. I’ve been holding a conversation with the pond and its inhabitants for nearly two decades. Most of my attention has been on the comings and goings of a certain pair of … Continue reading

Bewitched By Backstory

At 5:15 each weekday morning I am up with my virtual writing support group. About eight of us have committed to “write together.” By the time I have sent my daughter off to school I have fulfilled one creative intention. This accomplishment lifts me up throughout the day. Still, this getting to the page isn’t any sort of magic pill. I still have to get the words out. I still have to have my words find a way to become a scene of a good story. And there in is a glitch — Somewhere in my fiction writing I find myself … Continue reading

Einstein Had A Day Job

Once Einstein graduated from college, unable to land a teaching position, he got a day job. By then he had developed a deep curiosity about the mysteries of life and no matter what he was up to, kept a conversation going with the questions he held about these mysteries.  He explored mathematics, inquired about how things worked, all which resulted in ideas and then of course, discoveries. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” —Albert Einstein — To Carl Seelig – March 11,1952.  We start with a curiosity about some dream or question we have, we hold a … Continue reading