Succulent Solar Power

I love the burst of radiant green at the center of this succulent in the sunlight. We can grow truly beautiful plants and save water. The burst of light in the middle reminds me of solar power, all that energy filling me with its warm energy. I feel inspired just gazing into it. How can…

The Mysterious Vanishing Island

photo by Reuters Here an island once rose from the ocean. It has now nearly vanished beneath the waves due to rising sea levels and erosion.  It was one of five submerged islands ranging from 2.5 to 12.4 acres, part of the Solomon Islands archipelago near Australia. Although this island had no human population, neighboring…

Sorry, Coral

Global warming has been identified as a significant cause of coral bleaching. In 2016, bleaching hit 90% of the coral of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and killed 20% of it, according to The United Nations Environment Programme. What a loss! I feel disgusted. Human-caused global warming has destroyed a treasure we may never see again….

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Daily Thoughts – June 2, 2016   Let’s be Overcome by the Rich Fresh Wine of June! I found this poem by Marge Piercy recently. I love how full of imagery and life it is. Fecund and wild. This is how I feel in the morning before dawn, watching the sunrise and pondering the day ahead,…

Sharing Dreams

What would the world be like if we were to all share the same dreams, if we all had the same nightly visions? I’m not talking about dreamers being able to interact, but simply experience the same narratives on the same nights. A series of six dreams, alternating light and dark in emotional content. After…

A Thorough Process

How do you maintain the balance between passion and precision in your writing? For me it takes a four-step process. Having a process I can follow, something to rely on when the words refuse to come, when my mind feels numb and sluggish, is essential. The specific process you choose will, of course, be individual to…

My Day in Longhand #4: Dipping Into the Prize Chest

In my work with children and teens, I’ve found extrinsic rewards helpful in promoting a sense of play and excitement. After a session of difficult reading comprehension work, or a barrage of sensory cognitive stimulation for more accurate reading, who wouldn’t want a bit of a reward, a dip into the Prize Chest? For me, writing in the morning, in the predawn…

A Year in Longhand Day 3: Getting Over Myself

    Writing lets me escape the incessant chatter and thinking that goes on inside my head. Once I start writing I usually enter a certain flow, a movement that feels close to the wind, ocean waves, and the roots in the earth. I step out of my own mind and get swept up in a tide….

A Year in Longhand, Day 2: Immerse

  Imagine a scene. Fully inhabit it with all your senses, especially hearing and touch and taste. Close your eyes to put yourself there fully. Breathe deeply and count ten breaths. Slowly. How does your character react? Goose pimples rise on his flesh in the cold night. The howl of the wind reminds him of…

A Year in Longhand: Day 1

This is the first post in my yearlong series of writing explorations geared toward helping myself and other writers engage with the writing craft, adhere to a schedule, and enliven the writing mind. I realized I have many tips and tricks I’ve tried and enjoyed over the years, prompts that have pulled me from the mire when…

Empowering Words

   Playshops: Come play with words in a supportive and creative environment. We practice self-authoring, blending memoir and fiction, poetry and crazy-zany-word-nerdiness in collaborative, exuberant exercises designed to stir the mind. Encouragement Unhinged Brainstorming Discover New Techniques Community and Feedback $25 per two hour class, package discount available Individualized Services: As a learning specialist for over fifteen years,…

Seashore

How can a place so uproarious exert this kind of peace? A billion gallons an instant rumbling ashore reshaping earth wearing away my world in a cacophony of crashes that holds me in a hug of white noise that blurs, polishes and carves out the hollows of my terrestrial life to leave me feeling reborn as I recede.