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Interview with Lyrical Venus

A couple of weeks ago I did a half-hour interview with Heather from the show “Lyrical Venus” at KRUU in Fairfield, Iowa.  KRUU is a radio station that is volunteer-run and solar powered.  How cool is that?!
We talked about the writing process, the new album, this blog, and songwriting in general.  I had such a great time.
The interview aired last Tuesday and now the podcast is up for those of […]

Friday Poetry: W.S. Merwin

In honor of our new Poet Laureate in the United States, I wanted to post a poem by W.S. Merwin.
Merwin has lived in Hawaii since 1976, and practices Buddhism and Environmentalism with equal dedication.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone.  Perhaps go out on a walk and identify some trees.

Native Trees
by W. S. Merwin
Neither my father nor my mother knew
the names of the trees
where I was born
what is that
I […]

Practice makes…better.

Something really wonderful has been happening to me since I decided to sign up for the 21*5*800 project.  Through the community and the daily practices of yoga & writing, I have been surprising myself.   I’ve been writing different types of things and revisiting long lost creative pursuits.   I even made a drawing, which is something I have almost never attempted.
On impulse, at the end of a long day, […]

Friday Poetry – The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I won’t be online today because I’m headed for a much needed day at the lake with some woman friends!
Since we’ve been talking on Twitter about retreats and peaceful, safe spaces for writing, I thought I’d combine that with my lake trip and share with you a wonderful poem by W.B. Yeats.
Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
I will arise and go now, and go […]

Collecting Encouragement

Bindu’s post today had a way of cracking me open just as she describes the yoga practice has been doing for her, and it reminded me that I wanted to acknowledge a practice I have started recently which may help some of you along this journey of recovery.
(And I do think of this challenge as a call to recovery.  Most of us have spent a long time not listening […]

Today is my "Before"…

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  – Anais Nin
This morning I woke up with the thought, “Today is my Before…”
I was thinking of those makeover shows where they always show a before & after set of pictures of the person or room being transformed, and how it’s always a dramatic juxtaposition.   There are […]

Monkey Mind

Check email.  Check Twitter.  Read blog post.  Refresh Google Reader.  Work. Check email.  Look at YouTube video a friend sent.  Work.  Write email.  Chat with a friend.  Get up and get more coffee.  Read Twitter feed.  Click on every link in Twitter feed.  Work.  Repeat.
The above is an example of my typical routine on a day when I have been overtaken by Monkey Mind.
The idea of monkey mind in Buddhism […]

Sometimes, you need to do something drastic.

This is one of those times for me.  When I get into a good groove, where I feel comfortable (and I am a creature who loves comfort) I tend to stop taking risks.  And risk is part of what creativity is all about.
When I get to this point, I start seeking out Helpers.   For me, Helpers are people who will give me a good kick in the ass.   People who […]

There is No "There" There.

I loved Julie’s post today over at Writing Roads about the Phases of the Writer, so please go check it out. ( I have particularly experienced 1, 3, and 5  a lot lately!) It ties in perfectly with my thoughts on cyclical creativity, and the process of writing, and with this post I wanted to write today.
Something that is hard to grasp as a writer (or any creative person) is […]