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Choice: the panic of a natural ditherer

I am one of the buzzards in the old Jungle Book movie who sit around shrugging. But with me, I take on the roles of all them. “What we gonna to do?” “I dunno. What YOU wanna do?” “I dunno. … Continue reading

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Exploring Truth-the scary realities of revision in memoir

I just finished taking a class online about issues of truth in writing fiction and nonfiction. By nonfiction, this class meant memoir. The teacher talked about using truth (our lives) to color and form our fiction; we were also going … Continue reading

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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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