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J.

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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: Wonder

Today’s Friday Poetry is one of my own.
As I mentioned in a previous post, this sharing of poetry is still vulnerable, risky territory for me.
It’s easy to shy away from it, but I’d rather not.   This poem in particular is one that I waffled on publishing here.  It has a special place in my heart, which is the reason it is both scary and important for me to share with […]

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
W. B. YEATS
I will arise and go now, and go […]

Friday Poetry – Orchids

“Thursday Poetry” has happened accidentally on Fridays enough times now that I’m just going to rename the feature Friday Poetry! So there.
Here’s a poem I wrote this morning while contemplating cyclical creativity.   In handling myself as an artist, I need to remember to be gentle and tell myself that just because I’m not blooming, doesn’t mean I’m not growing.  I hope you’ll do the same.

I heard about orchids once
that […]

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 […]