Summer Travels:

In the last month or so, I’ve taken a break to focus on some traveling with the family. The first stop for hubby and me was Wilmington, N.C., where we lounged on the beach, went shopping in the historic downtown area (if you ever go, check out the Cotton Exchange for some excellent local shopping), […]

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Confessions of a self-actualization junkie:

Some people want to climb the corporate ladder. Me? I just want to get to the top of Maslow’s pyramid-shaped hierarchy of needs. Maybe it all started in psych 101, the first time I saw that pyramid. The truth is that I’ve always wanted to become the best possible version of myself, ever since I […]

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Wondrously formed:

“I have found when I tried or looked deeper inside/ What appears unadorned might be wondrously formed.” ~ Carrie Newcomer, “Geodes” I reached a point today in revising where the story just opened up; it let me in. I always talk about finding the heart of the story, the place where it sings. I caught […]

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

December 14. Wind chill advisory: 15 below zero (F). I’m pretty sure that wasn’t in the brochure when this PA girl packed up her things and moved to the lovely mountains of Virginia (And yes, they are, truly, lovely—sometimes breathtaking.). I’m currently sweater-clad, sitting cozily in my office, thinking warm thoughts about sunshine and orchids […]

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In pockets of silence: Yoga, stillness, and making art

“Every day the sun rises/ out of low word-clouds/ into burning silence.”–Rumi, “Secret Places” Writers, like the lovers in Rumi’s poem Secret Places, also often dwell in secret, silent places. As writers, we have an intimate relationship with language. Yet it’s what is beyond the words that matters; it’s the evocation of emotion in the […]

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The Magic and the Writing

Like the old chicken-or-the-egg conundrum, sometimes I don’t know which came first: the magic or the writing. Was the magic born of storytelling, or did the storytelling spring forth from the soil of spirit, from the earth and ground where I first found a deeper self? Once, there was a small knoll that served as […]

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Ren Faires and Imagination:

I spent yesterday in a world full of lords, ladies, and even the occasional faerie. It was great to be transported to another world, a fantasy world that blends our fascination with the Renaissance era of royalty and peasantry, with the modern conveniences of our society. We’re willing to readily overlook that they didn’t wear […]

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