Quiet Craving: Using Solitude for Deep Work in the Arts

When I was young, I wanted to be a nun. This was actually a compromise. I aspired to be a monk, but reality was creeping in, and when I cast my eyes into the adult future, I worried that even if I kept my short hair, my double X chromosomes would somehow be discovered. It […]

Exercising with E. E. Cummings

Since retiring in 2003, I have been fighting getting old.  Although I was once an English teacher, I was determined to reinvent myself at age fifty-four.  I took drawing, pottery, and watercolor classes at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in DeKalb County.  I joined the East Lake YMCA for tai chi and yoga classes.  My “exercises,” […]

Eat Your Consonants! (Part Two) – How to Keep a Journal

In Part One of this series, I gave some reasons why journaling is good for you. In this part, I will show you how to keep a journal. Setting up your MoJo – Choosing a particular time and place for journaling sets up a kind of energy. Think of it as a dinner party where […]

Eat Your Consonants! – Why Journaling is Good for You (Part One)

“I read what I write so I know what I think,” said Carson McCullers. She must have been speaking of journaling. Whether or not you’re a writer it’s good to record your thoughts. There are many reasons why, and they fall into three main categories: Logging – The simplest reason to keep a journal is […]