God might just be making beauty from ashes, refashioning a gift out of a deep injury to my soul. This morning on our walk, Jim and I talked about our dawning realization that our energies and capacity for looking outward are returning, after several years of crisis and trauma related to our daughter Jackie’s health. … Continue reading Stop. Look. Remember.
One of my favorite writers, Marilynne Robinson, once said in an interview with Bill Moyers that human beings “exist wildly in excess of any sort of survival mode that could be posited for them.” She said that if you use animal behavior as a model or correlation to human behavior, “you’ve simply excluded everything that… Continue reading Something Wildly More
I don’t know many writers who only read one book at a time. (If you are one who does, I’d be fascinated to make your acquaintance and would try to question you about the reasoning behind your reading practice without making you feel as if you were a specimen under a microscope.) I have piles,… Continue reading Piles (or What I’m Reading)
By my desk, there is written on a green index card this quote that I see every day as I sit down to write: “Say the truest thing you know, line by line.” In Writing I read it in a guide to writing poetry by Suzanne U. Rhodes, The Roar on the Other Side. My… Continue reading The Truest Thing I Know
“It might take me a little time to find my way in this new season,” I whispered to Jim as we lay in bed last night. As of 11:30 yesterday morning, I am officially retired from seven years as a homeschooling mom. The unknown future is suddenly now. The bigness of it is startling. Even… Continue reading On The Cusp
For just a little while, I had a room of my own. My writing room. The walls were brushed with the faintest silvery, smoky lilac. A charcoal gray love-seat soaked up the afternoon sun coming in the one tall window. Silver raw silk throw pillows complemented the thick brushed silver frames on the walls— three… Continue reading A Room of My Own
I’ve taken on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-A-Day Challenge this month (http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides). It’s a fantastic way to crank out the words and get new ideas flowing. Some poems will probably be duds, but the fun is finding the firecrackers along the way! Feel free to join in! Check out Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides blog daily in… Continue reading Poem-A-Day Challenge