Category Archives: Gratitude

A Day Without Devices

On my walk this morning I found a nub of purple chalk a child had used to scribble on the pavement. I picked it up, an opportunity in my hand. What would I write? I thought hard about it, and … Continue reading

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After plenty

Dear Nancy: As you know from all the beautiful notes and photos and songs and many kind wishes on this Facebook wall, yesterday was my birthday. Birth Day. That day has always been a haunted one for me. One of … Continue reading

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The Value of Play

Dear Nancy Your pre-writing walks along the river sound glorious, and so does your description of your childhood “moodling” time in the woods.  As a child, I also walked in the woods.  It was a great solace to me, and … Continue reading

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“Harder Than You Think is a Beautiful Thing”

Dear Karen, I love your last letter. I love the idea of an “oversoul,” a term I have never heard before, and I agree wholeheartedly that we must be grateful for our own creative work and the creative work of … Continue reading

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Guest – Heloise Jones

Dear Nancy and Karen – It’s raining in Santa Fe this morning. A gentle falling, welcomed in the desert. Different than the thunderstorms that turn dry arroyos into swift rivers littered with balls and trash cans and natural debris, or … Continue reading

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Amazon and Hatchette

Dear Karen – I feel raw and tender, like I will burst at one more piece of sad news. Upheaval. Wars. Bombs. Animals and people being tortured and hurt. Children killed. Mass murder. Rape. Suicide. Trees being cut down and … Continue reading

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I have to believe there is a writing life….

Dear Nancy: This last week or so I have been moving back home after my semester away.  My days have been filled with a heap of teaching work still to do, dental checkups, pap smears, breast exams, clogged ears, and … Continue reading

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Feral

Dear Nancy: “I work hard to provide my outer life with comfort, so that my inner life, my creative life, my writing life can be wild and feral.”  All week, that sentence from your last letter has haunted me, and … Continue reading

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Angels and Comfort Zones

Dear Karen, It has been a hell of a month. We’ve had ice storms sweep through, events canceled or delayed, breaking tree limbs falling on our house, pine trees falling on my studio and wiping out the landing and stairs … Continue reading

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Falling

Dear Nancy: Oh, your last letter!   My favorite one, ever.  I keep reading it over and over.  The Raji story of climbing high into trees without ropes in order to harvest honey.  The man named Bahadur who said simply, “You … Continue reading

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