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I knew this chrysalis stage was going to be rough but I have to admit the unrelenting joy was a total surprise. “The caterpillar chooses the food the butterfly will need, chooses the exact space to later spread its wings, without the space, the wings would never fly,” writes Marion Woodman. She goes on to say […]

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The fire is raging behind Lakeport, 5:00 pm, taken from our boat, showered in ash. They say good writing is about telling the truth, sometimes I feel it’s more like stretching the truth, not that verity needs more space, but like perfume, a little goes a long way. “Trade what you’ve been taught for what’s […]

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I woke under the spell of a dream. A dream that left behind emotional residue. Residue from imaginary events not possible, logical, or related but puissant nonetheless. It’s all very perplexing ~ keep reading, I’m sure we’ll figure it out. Pushing myself up from the warm covers, I struggle to remember the smallest fragment of my dream, as […]

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I was five when I overdosed on baby aspirin. It may have come about through imaginative play, irresponsible parenting, and a deeply unacknowledged need to heal ourselves, but nevertheless ipecac was required. I’m mortified to admit this regretable narrative will repeat itself in the span of few decades.And quite possibly again, and again, “this is […]

Ug…everywhere I turn I’m confronted with carnage. Fear is on the rise in our world, in our homes, and therefore in our hearts. It makes me consider my own fears. Where did they come from? Are they rational or irrational? And how do I deal with them? The one thing I know about fear is it’s […]

I refuse to say good-bye to most anyone these days, to friends who move away, to co-workers who change jobs, to my cat who is dying. I find the older I get the more permanent the salutation. I am at a point in this journey where our fragility has become shockingly clear. I want to […]

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It’s late May, I’m finishing up my classes at Notre Dame High School, and looking forward to the lazy, crazy days of summer. This is always a bitter sweet time of year for me, as my beloved students head off in new directions, and so do I. Summer is like forcing an update on my operating […]

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I love ritual. Obsessed might be a better word to describe my predilection to a ritualistic life. I should have become a nun but I also had a predilection for this one special guy. What can you do? This is the way God made me. I start my day with a coffee ritual because I […]

“All the creativity books in the world aren’t going to help you if you’re unwilling to have lousy, lame, and even dangerously bad ideas,” Seth Godin. I’m just putting this out there. Conversely, Ali Benjamin advises (yes, she is the one obsessed with jellyfish) something a little more practical. She says establishing a clear topic […]

I’m thinking about friendship today. It’s the most confounding concept imaginable. The idea that someone would pluck me out of obscurity and claim me as their own is rather cosmic. Who am I to deserve such a radical gift? This is how I understand friendship, someone who allows my fears to come busting into the […]