Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

I’m reposting this because I am not feeling well today . . . consider this too an invite to join me at the 2016 Writers’ Institute or 2016 Write-By-The-Lake. And, as we go into this new year together, I want each of you to know that working with you and your writing is a dream come true for me. Blessings to you in the New Year. Dear Writer, That’s you. Me. So yes, I am writing this to myself too. I am at the 2014 Write-By-The-Lake retreat teaching a class on writing a captivating book from personal experience. This is my first year at WBTL. … 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

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