When Nothing Changes

When nothing and everything changes One has made room for the God of Mysteries To arrive and take Her place in our heart to let us see what has always been true.   If you are fighting your life You are the walking dead.   If you harbor resentment You are the jailer.   If you want from another That round, golden gift Unwrap the one inside your own soul   Let what’s dead decompose Into the earth Beneath your feet.   There really is only love Which comes in through the door Of letting go.   JTJ, 8/15/17   … Continue reading

A Love Story

LOVE AFTER LOVE   The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on … Continue reading

Life follows Our Gaze

When I catch myself struggling in relationships I find that I may be caught up in what I am not getting, what is not working, and focusing in on what I don’t want. In reality, when we meet the “other” we are always meeting our self. To receive the other is to receive our self. And in all our relationships, in which we have chosen to remain in, there will be qualities about the other that rub us the wrong way. So I am pointing to struggles that arise between you and others whom you have chosen to be in … Continue reading

When Writing Becomes a Train Wreck and How To Get Back on Track by guest writer, Patrice Peltier

(This blog is written by journalist and gardener, Patrice Peltier): Sometimes my brain is like a train barreling towards its destination. When I get to where I think I’m going, I realize somewhere along the line I switched to another track. Just recently, this runaway train of a brain derailed my writing process. About three years ago, when I planted a new garden I began keeping notes. At first, my entries were brief. “Watered today.” “Added leaf mulch.” “Planted three ‘Cajun Fire’ heuchera purchased on sale.” It was record-keeping more than anything. A way to refresh my memory if I decided … 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

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

Writing To Remember

This old tale was handed down to Clarissa Pinkola Estés. She shares this in her little book: The Gift of Story. For me, this tale is about writing to remember and the power of passing on our legacies through story so others can remember too . . . The beloved Bal Shem Tov was dying and sent for his disciples. “I have acted as intermediary for you, and now when I am gone you must do this for yourselves. You know the place in the forest where I call to God? Stand there in that place and do the same. You know … Continue reading

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

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