Conversation with a willow tree

It was mid-July when the willow tree decided to speak. She bent down, her long tresses sweeping along the earth beneath us. “Daughter,” she began. Her low voice carried on the wind. “You don’t want to believe, but you hear me, do you not? “This is the lesson I hold for you: Be flexible. See …

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 …

I procrastinate. Or, rather, I used to.

I launched this site in April 2014. Yes. Three years ago. Three. Since then, nothing. My fellow procrastinators may resonate with this. I thought I had a great idea, but then I wasn't sure exactly how to proceed. What to write about in these posts. How often. Whether what I wrote would be mundane. Whether …