Sadie and the song of your soul

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I love a cat I do not know. Our shared context: the parking lot where she lives, circling the apartment building where my son lives some of the time with his father, and where I twice-daily leave and then collect my car in the complicated dance of co-parenting, school transport and work commute. I barely registered her as I raced … Read More

An invitation to share your questions and celebrations

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Greetings! It’s a gray and wet Sunday morning here in Portland—the kind of day that invites melancholy to rise to the surface of every puddle—and I’m thinking about you writers all over the globe. What are you struggling with and celebrating at this very moment? I get a lot of email (and lately tweets) from writers with questions about writing … Read More

Own your wobble

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A few weeks ago, I presented at the Field’s End Conference on Bainbridge Island, Washington. It was one of my very favorite conferences, with a level of intimacy and insight that invigorated me and seemed truly enlightening to participants. At this stage in my writing life, I am keenly aware of how much it uplifts me to talk with writers … Read More

See yourself through someone else’s eyes

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Three years after becoming an author, my first official book review–of The Productive Writer, by Marj Hahne–has just been published in the Spring 2012 issue of Rain Taxi Review of Books. The review begins: Thank the writing gods that Sage Cohen “compensated for insecurity by being overprepared.” Her second guide for writers, The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write … Read More

Love is where you look for it

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It is time for a new way of looking, a new way of seeing. So you take a full-time job after running your own business for 15 years, purchase a used camera that curves right into the palm of your hand, and become a woman on a bus traveling the rain-streaked poetry of Belmont Street into the rumbling belly of … Read More

What’s hope got to do with it?

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What if you could be sure a whole self and a whole life awaited you on the other side of divorce? What if divorce was actually an opportunity to discover and claim the truest parts of you? A year and a half ago when my husband moved out, these are the questions I started asking. I was incredibly fortunate to … Read More

Writing in the margins, yearning for the whole page

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Love Dogs –– Rumi One night a man was crying Allah! Allah! His lips grew sweet with praising, until a cynic said, “So! I’ve heard you calling out, but have you ever gotten any response?” The man had no answer to that. He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep. He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls, … Read More