‘Add color to my sunset sky’

Day 1 Today I signed up for a 30-day art challenge through iCreateDaily for Creators (#iArtDaily). The last time I remember feeling creative -- like visual-artist creative -- was in childhood. Since it's a new year, which always holds the potential for new beginnings, I figured I'd give the challenge a try. Cross disciplinary creativity …

Dark Night of the Soul

And one night — if it was night at all — she dreamed she was back at the beginning, where it all started. She saw the threads leading to other choices that, in that the moment, hadn’t been apparent to her. In the dream she saw not only what else she might have done, she …

I’m Going to Start Living Like a Mystic

Jennifer Louden read this poem today in her Friday audio in the Writer's Oasis. It's glorious, and mesmerizing, and I share it here for all and to remember it myself. I'm Going to Start Living Like a Mystic By Edward Hirsch, 1950 Today I am pulling on a green wool sweater and walking across the …

I have writer’s block, and please don’t tell me I don’t.

This morning I awoke early, before dawn, and couldn't go back to sleep. I feel like I am going to explode ... and can't grasp relief. Relief comes from writing, and it's not there. I've read plenty lately that says writer's block is a myth. It's really laziness. Or lack of motivation. Or fear. An …

Secluded

Silence is preferred but not necessary. Even in a crowd, wall-to-wall bodies roiling, Channeling Zen, mindful inner peace Lets one choose seclusion, solitude. Unless one in the swarm punctures the bubble of Stillness with an errant touch or word, shattering Intentions to be locked inside oneself, like a diving bell Open now to the chaos …

10 years (and counting) of writing together

In October our writing group, the Mid-Michigan Word Gatherers, will celebrate 10 years of meeting on Thursday mornings. We've come together to write every week except Thanksgiving, and Christmas/New Year's if those holidays happened to fall on a Thursday. The MMWG began at the Lyons Township District Library, where Vicki Reinhardt, the group's cofounder with …

‘Use the voice you’ve got right now’

I've been thinking all week about this bit of wisdom from Jennifer Louden. I follow Jen at The Writer's Oasis, where she provides writers and creatives of all sorts with inspiration and encouragement to keep going, to make creativity -- and ourselves -- a priority, and to believe that, no matter what, we are enough. …

The Grail Castle (reprise)

[Note: Originally posted in a stuck-in-the-mud blog on August 28, 2011. I love the photo and the sentiment.] The thought that came to me in meditation today: Lead with your spiritual life. Something has to be first. Retreat into your spiritual home: the Grail Castle as Joseph Campbell described it. There nurture your spirit, the …