Coastal Magic Con Adventures!

It’s been an amazing, wonderful, joy-filled week and a half. I spent six days in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida, at this year’s Coastal Magic Con. I made a few friends, including the lovely Gina Briganti, whose book, The Dreaming, I can’t wait to read, and Nancy Holland, who just published Thalgor’s Witch, the book of […]

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A Creative Life is a Magical One.

  A clear February night. I gaze up at the stars. I don’t know many constellations, but I can pick out Orion and his belt, bright pinpricks of light staring down at me. A summer afternoon. I sit out on my patio, curled up in a chair, a notebook in my lap. The dog sits […]

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Embracing Our Inner Hobbit: Life lessons from Tolkien

I love hobbits, and I love the Shire. There’s something very hobbit-like about my version of the writer’s life. I curl up with a cup of tea, maybe something yummy to eat (croissants from the bakery down the street are a favorite), and I set to writing. I sip Earl Grey while I get lost […]

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Authenticity: The Right Blend of Imagination and Action

Thoreau goes on to say, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” I’ve talked a lot about simple living on this blog. I’ve talked about my decluttering efforts, my desire to live with less, and also the practices of slowness and stillness and being present. But I still don’t […]

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The Practice of Stillness

“The Page of Cups is sentimental. She is a true romantic at heart, and in a world that is filled with so much noise and bustle, she longs for the time and space to simply breathe and to truly take in the pleasures that abound. She listens to the still voice from deep inside that […]

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Digging Deeper, in Life and Art

One of the most magical years of my life was spent living on a farm in rural Southwest Virginia. I’d rise in the morning and, before it was too hot, work in the large garden I tended. Afterward I’d sit on the porch, read poetry, work on my master’s thesis, write poetry—I even tried my […]

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Celebrating “Slow”

  2018 is off to a bumpy start, with various ailments keeping me under the weather off and on for the past few weeks. But what I’m learning is not just that slow is okay. Okay implies mediocre, acceptable, just getting by. I’m learning that, perhaps, instead of just accepting slow, we should celebrate it. […]

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Can you live a creative life without clutter?

This is the question I’ve been forced to ask as I drastically scale back my possessions. My most recent project has been decluttering the room that has been, in the two and a half years we’ve lived in our townhouse, a study, a library, and now, a guest room. It has housed, at various points, […]

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Seeking Magic and Whimsy in 2018

By now the glitz and glitter of the holiday season are behind us, a time of brightly colored packages tied up with ribbons—but also a time of harried running around for many of us. Perhaps, now, we can pause. We can catch our breath. And we can look forward to another year on the calendar. […]

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Bright Holiday Blessings!

It was a simple Christmas in the Young household. We opened gifts—simple things, like t-shirts, books, chocolates, and tea. We drank tea and coffee and ate a simple meal of chicken and quinoa chili with cornbread for dinner. And our big outing for the day was a trip to the dog park, which was unfortunately […]

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