Category Archives: Writing

4 OR 5 HOURS

All night, up, counting the hours of sleep, and the likelihood of falling back asleep and waking up after 8 a.m. when it would be too late to turn off the computer, the printer, the phone, the TV. Would coffee … Continue reading

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TOP SHELVES

I’ve just put down the artist’s book, True Nature, by Barbara Bash. It’s been my summer daily practice to read a page or two each morning, first thing. Right now, this morning, I have left the page where the artist, … Continue reading

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SOME HERONS

Sometimes three a.m. is a good time for some watermelon, a half-slice spelt bread, spread thinly with strawberry jelly, and, yes, coffee. Then, casually open the book on poetry. Here’s what I found: “S O M E H E R … Continue reading

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MY SOUL, MY PEOPLE

The voices that I hear with a full heart are those of affirmation rather than struggle. Langston Hughes had such a voice: “I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood … Continue reading

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MORNING THOUGHTS

Hello again. It’s been a while, and many group physical changes have required being present in a tunnel-like way. And I have new windows! So, this morning I have chosen a curious poem by Mary Oliver: M O R N … Continue reading

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DAY OFF

Well, another round of snow outside. Doesn’t look as if it will give us a day off, but it does remind me of a paragraph from a book: “There is something joyful about storms that interrupt routine. Snow or freezing … Continue reading

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JULY IN JANUARY

I had some cut-up pears just now, and I watched my hand spoon up the fruit, and was amazed to be so reminded of the summer, to see the freshness of the pear. Right before me is a small book … Continue reading

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IT’S BEEN A WHILE

I carefully pick and choose my inspirational sources, workshops, poetry, diet clues. This can be serious business, yes, business is the word, isn’t it? So, when I come across a poem that frees me totally from these aids and compulsions, … Continue reading

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POETRY AS MEDICINE

I discovered a gift totally by accident this morning. To share that, here’s a clue that made this possible. It’s a quote from the incredible book, “POETIC MEDICINE, The Healing Art of Poem-Making” by John Fox. “As the traditional medicine … Continue reading

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GREAT ROOTS

I have not spoken here, yet, of the experience of our family when we finally welcomed our ancestor from obscurity, ours the re-discovery to create openings in how, now, I see my world. Look at that! I started the sentence … Continue reading

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