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Thursday Poetry: Eating Poetry

Lately I feel as though I have been reunited with poetry.   It’s been a delight to delve into it again, to swim around in words just for fun.   I know that around the corner from my desire to read lots of poetry again, there is the next logical step, which is writing poetry again.  I can’t wait.
To celebrate my rediscovered joy, I bring you today’s poem, one of my favorites. […]

Idea Sifting & Perfectionism

This post comes from a reader question.   How do you sift through all of your ideas and focus on The One?
First of all, let me just say that, dear reader, this is an excellent problem to have.   Tons of us sit and stare at blank pages or blinking cursors, practically trembling with the effort it’s taking to come up with something to write about.  You are not in that situation, […]

Thursday Poetry: Affirmation

This week I’ve needed a lot of affirming.  Even the most confident soul occasionally needs bolstering when things seem to fall apart.    Many people swear by affirmations – short, positive phrases used to center and encourage and help you focus on the changes you want to see in your life.   I think affirmations are great, but being more of a lyrically-minded person, I like to find small collections of beautiful […]

Inspiration to Start the Week

I hope you’re all off to a good start this week, and are recovering from the time-switcheroo.
In honor of Einstein’s birthday (a day late) I thought I’d start my week off with an inspiring thought from Albert.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.  – Albert Einstein
What slight […]

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

That directive is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, and lately, I’ve been trying to do it.
I’m not talking about things that make me fear for my personal safety (I will not, for example, be trying any of the activities currently being aired on the Winter Olympics any time soon) but rather things that make my stomach flutter when I think about them, things that feel just a little bit risky.
I have […]

One Year Ago

A year ago today, I tentatively dipped my toe into the blogging water.
I wasn’t really sure what w.p.r. would become, but I’m so, so glad I just started.
If I had waited until I had a concise plan,
waited until the coast was clear of criticism,
waited until Steve the Internal Editor told me it was a great idea…
Well, we’d all still be waiting.
The same goes for you.  I know there’s something in […]

Five Great Ways To Spur Your Creativity

Ok, so you’ve done all the prep work needed to get the ball rolling, and you’ve gotten started… but then you reach a point where you just feel “stuck”.  You show up every day to work on your project and nothing seems to bubble to the surface.     Believe me, I’ve been there.
Here are some things that work for me when I need a little kick-start.
1. Get Out!
Psychologists, doctors, and your […]


One of my lovely readers (I’m lookin’ at you,  kid!) suggested that I tackle a post about how to keep momentum going on a creative project when you have, well, life happening.
It’s definitely tough when we think we have to have enough energy “left over” at the end of a long day of working, meeting with people, taking care of a home and/or kids, and running errands.    There is so […]

Show review – GARR

One of my readers and Twitter followers requested that I start adding performance reviews to my blog (Hi, Nancy!) which I think is a cool idea. Most of the time, show reviews in magazines or on websites come from audience members and critics. We hardly ever get to hear how a show went from the performer’s perspective. I’m going to start posting short reviews of how […]