Ask The Expert This

  There are no experts on a subject. I trust the teacher (doctor or friend) who is still learning about their subjects. I trust the one who continues to explore subjects. When someone stops exploring, they stop learning and this “quitting” interferes with their capacity to truly contribute. When they stop their exploring their view becomes increasingly narrow where they ignore a wider berth of possibilities. I don’t seek “experts,” unless they are willing to engage in authentic conversation. In this authentic conversation we both explore together, so that we may discover what is truly possible. If we “already know” then we are unlikely to discover anything new.  For … Continue reading

Frogs Into Princes

  The Vulnerable Man Who? Who is to turn this frog into a prince? Who is to wake the one asleep inside the virescent, damp skin? I see him glimpse out into this cast spelling world . . . Who? Who is to release the Divine, hidden in the heart of the exiled Beast? Beauty me? Beauty you? Beauty before, behind, below? Who? Who cast the spell? drove the beast into exhile? made thorns on roses? Who? Not me! Have the Maker kiss the emerald frog, break the wet skin that holds the inner man Have the Maker and Caster … Continue reading

A Well-Trained Writer

  I took this photo on a recent trip to San Fransisco with my daughter. This dog stood outside a hair salon watching as streams of people passed. She didn’t have a leash. She didn’t move from her spot. If you pet her, her tail didn’t wag. She just stood watch. As she was trained to do. Every day we had some memorable dog encounter. Later we read a large billboard announcing San Fransisco as a dog-friendly city. Even when we visited Carmel beach for its sunset, we encountered dozens of dogs without leashes. Inevitably, their human would be ahead of them, and the dog, without being … Continue reading

Correction: Bindu Breath is on September 24th

In a safe environment and with an established practitioner, you can explore inner realms, release repressed emotions, explore sprititual questions, experience transpersonal states and have personal visions. Breathwork is an internal vision quest. Bindu Breathwork is borrowed from Stanislav Grof ’s Holotropic Breathwork™, Totlec Recapitualtion breath practices, and yogic and shamanic breathing. I play specially chosen music, which, combined with the breathwork, induces an altered state of consciousness.Transpersonal breathwork is a practice of recapitulation as well, where the breather “retrieves” energy lost to negative encounters. Thursday evening: The evening begins at 5:30 with a check in and meditation.We will start with an intentional … Continue reading

Opportunities and Gatherings

Dear Writers, Today’s blog is an invitation to join me in any of these upcoming offerings: September’s FREE Writing Retreat is Friday September 25th!  This is an opportunity to meet up with other poets and writers. I offer these days in remembrance, and as a way to honor the poet and essayist, William Stafford. He appreciated the written word as a way to maintain the integrity of our shared humanity and felt it worthwhile to support other writers and poets. He lived an open life. Please email for directions and to register: A unique opportunity to VISION THROUGH Breathwork: (Evening of … Continue reading

Writing as Distraction

I had hoped that writing could be a distraction from missing my daughter. If wishes were fishes! “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride, If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side. If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans There would be no need for tinker’s hands!” So I tinker. I find, as all writers do, that writing takes us into our lives, our stories. Writing explores our possibilities, where we can become “intelligent tinkerers.” We tinker with an idea or an experience until something fruitful results. But we must not give up on our tinkering . … Continue reading

Separation Anxiety Versus Regret: (How To Not Do Well, Well)

I thought I might get a free “get out of jail” card when our only daughter went off to college. (A free pass through the empty nest syndrome . . .) I was mistaken. Well the card wasn’t free anyway. I have had an active meditation and spiritual practice since the age of sixteen. Therefore, I assumed that letting go would be easy-peasy. Nice and easy. I was mistaken. Of course I am rejoicing and excited for our only daughter’s start at college. This is such a big time in one’s life! And she is going to be remarkable. But … Continue reading

Make Your Own Bible

Writing, above all, is seeing clearly. Peter Mathiessen, Letters from the Wild Since the age of sixteen I have relied on spiritual journaling and the I Ching to navigate the ups and downs of my life. Spiritual journaling uses journaling and personal inquiry to investigate our life circumstances, deepen our spiritual practices, increase our awareness, and open up to our creativity. Self inquiry through journaling is a method used for thousands of years and is recommended as part of the treatment for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and self-abuse (cutting). Many remarkable books, such as A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, come from a journal. Journaling accesses the inner teacher … Continue reading

How to Band A Duck

In the above image my daughter releases a banded duck. She has been trapping and banding ducks with her father since she could walk. Banding is a way to capture part of a duck’s story. We discover their migratory path, where they live, but mostly banding tells us a story about their survival and mortality. To band a duck, we first have to rise at predawn to wait in the brush while one person sits in a blind to shoot the net over the ducks. Then, you take a hold of each duck, band it with the help of others, and finally, you release the bird back … Continue reading

Ask Yourself This

Recently I was asked whether what I am writing in my novel is story relevant? Or, is it only writer relevant? At first, this question stopped me. Then I thought — right!, if what I write doesn’t move the story forward then it’s not truly relevant to the story. The subject may be important to me but not to the story and therefore not to the reader. Sometimes my writing gets into all sorts of topics that are not truly relavant to the story or theme of my piece. I find myself writing around the topic, creating more back story, or … Continue reading