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Give Sorrow Words II

The fog has lifted and a pale sky revealed, the tall firs that ring the neighborhood still. Looking out it seems as if the world is holding its breath. I’ve written here before about following Shakespeare’s  advice in Macbeth to, “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids […]

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Routine, be it ever so humble…

There’s  often gloom outside my windows as I sit here lately, punctuated with storms and downpours. Sun breaks do occur, but mostly I’m grateful for this infernal wet after last year’s droughts and too-close-for-comfort wildfires. And these smudgy skies are good for reflection and planning. Now that the holidays are over I’ve been shoring up […]

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Write a new story in 2021

2020 was a cruel, exhausting, nightmarish, wrung-out, surreal shambles of a year. So much to bear, grieve, and confront, sometimes with heart-hammering fear. So many adjustments to make amid an onslaught of shocking death tolls and Biblical plagues including swarmclouds of locusts.  In the West the wildfire damage and scars have brutally changed the landscape […]

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January

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And so 2020 ends…

I hope you have many reasons to celebrate a new year. I hope you have writing projects that challenge you, friends who cheer you,  and a pile of thick books that will last through this next season. Thank you to anyone who has stopped by. There’s been heartbreak and upheaval in my life this past […]

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Stalk your Calling

We can live any way we want. People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience–even of silence–by choice. The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse. This is yielding, not fighting. ~ Annie Dillard, Live Like […]

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December

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“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~ Jean-Baptiste Massieu

Never has there been a more important time, year, season to focus on gratitude and extend it whenever possible. Wishing all a day of peace, hope, and thankfulness.   Vincent van Gogh – The Harvest – Van Gogh Museum

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From an Editor’s Desk: Follow Their Eyes

With the holidays upon us, I’m especially grateful  for all the good things and people in my life, the small joys that bring so much simple pleasure. A walk with a friend, an engrossing novel, spring blooms, autumn leaves, watching seasons change, the first sip of tea in the morning, dinner simmering in the kitchen. […]

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Character arcs happen mostly in action

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