Category Archives: All The Things

The Place Where You Live

Tried my best to get this down to 200 words and contact my friend for a photo. Neither happened. Orion magazine has this lovely invitation to write about where you live. If you are a writer, you should do it. … Continue reading

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To Scribble and Erase and Scribble Again

Watercolor painting is teaching me how to learn when it is time to stop. Unlike writing, where you can rewrite and revise words for decades, if you rework a shape too much using watercolor, the paper starts to break down. … Continue reading

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Teacher-Leader & Other Words I Make Up

This past year, 2021, was not my best year as a blogger. I somehow wrote thousands of words, however. Just not here. Close to having a draft of a book, this girl. A Memoir. No, really. It’s a memoir.  I … Continue reading

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Now Some Thoughts on Writing

This past weekend I printed out all of the chapters I think will make up the book that I have been working on in some shape or form for over twenty years. I have not researched old journals to pinpoint … Continue reading

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Water. Paint. Ratio.

The language of watercolor is poetry. The naming of colors is a history I’ve never learned. Colors help us classify animals, minerals, and plants. A language of colors is classification. A science of color. The definition of color reminds me … Continue reading

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The Heft of Grief

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings. ~Elisabeth Kübler Ross One of the words you frequently when you read about grief, is the adjective heavy. It’s made me think quite … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ambiguous Loss(es)

“Scientific discoveries happen not through method or magic, but from being open to discovery by listening to one’s emotions and responding to intuition. Like a poet, the researcher, as well as the therapist, needs the ability to imagine what the … Continue reading

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Wintering & Handiwork

“There are gaps in the mesh of the everyday world, and sometimes they open and you fall through them into somewhere else. Somewhere Else runs at a different pace to the here and now, where everyone else carries on.” ~Katherine … Continue reading

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Place & Shape

“Words will follow your path through the garden, on the walkways, benches, and walls. Yet unlike a book, the way in which you read the poem is multidirectional.” ~Maya Lin I made a small intention that I would blog twice … Continue reading

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Slush Pile

Dear Editor,* It’s highly likely this piece will end up lost in your slush pile. What to say to an editor of an anthology about traveling during a year when international borders were closed? How to differentiate my story from … Continue reading

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