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The Duality of Adoration and Despair

I am in grief, as I believe much of the human world is these days. I ache for the oppressed even as I try to understand the oppressors. Many people I know seem to be grappling with this: “How can … Continue reading

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Still Connecting

I just turned 60, a big birthday, and one that has turned me introspective–even more than usual! Turns out, I’m quite proud of myself. Doing fine. Usually, by this time in the course of a year, I have completely forgotten … Continue reading

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Life As We Know It

I’ve been traveling again, this time to Alaska. We were only there for a week, so actually saw very little of this immense state, but heavens! What we did see knocked me sideways. We were given the miracle of fantastic … Continue reading

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Still Writing

Dani Shapiro is my new best friend. She doesn’t know this, alas, but I love her. She’s the author of Still Writing, The Perils and Pleasure of a Creative Life.  I first saw this book in another friend’s home, a … Continue reading

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Circling in

We learn circling in preschool. “Hold hands. Form a circle.” Connect. The practice is age-old   International   and  Iconic   It’s not an exclusively human practice, but it’s part of what makes us human. Pioneers circled up wagons for … Continue reading

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Economics of Abuse: an issue of morality

If I benefit from abuse, am I complicit with it? In early April I spent a week with my husband visiting the deep south for the first time. We went to Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. During our week away, … Continue reading

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Allowing Inspiration In

“Windows: portals or barriers? Windows and waiting go together. A window is a stage, waiting for what will happen next.” –Henkes I was at my annual inspiration treat last weekend– the Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference  –where I heard Kevin … Continue reading

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The Black Wings of Darkness

I came across these lines, randomly scrawled in one of my notebooks: “I miss the black wings of darkness. There are things I can’t see in the light.” –Neruda* I’m always tempted by the paradoxical. This one resonates with truth … Continue reading

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Connecting…the year of 2018 begins

This year, I’m going to connect. CONNECT. I think of people of course; relationship is the most important thing in the world to me. But I also think of magnets and snaps and shoelaces. I think of connecting the dots, … Continue reading

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Roma and beyond

I’ve been back home, recovering from my adventures for over a month, and busy trying to catch up with the life I left behind for two weeks, but I want to say at least a few words about the Eternal … Continue reading

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