Inspiration

Focus & Light: Inspiration

  I discovered this poster (created by Courtney E. Martin & Wendy MacNaughton) on Maria Popalov’s amazing newsletter ‘BrainPickings’ months ago and when I rediscovered it in my journal this morning it was like a gift. The words have become even more important during these past few weeks: This is your assignment.  Feel all the things.…

What Art Offers

If you watched the Tony awards last night you saw in action what Mary McNamara wrote in this morning’s L.A.Times: “From tragedy can come art and from art can come wisdom.” Frank Langella in his acceptance speech for lead actor in a play said,  “When something bad happens we have three choices: We let it…

A Monday Morning Gift

A gift for you this morning:  the link to Kate Gale’s blog.  https://kategale.wordpress.com Kate is managing editor of Red Hen Press, as well as a poet, teacher, traveler, family person, bon vivant, blogger etc. She herself once said action is her default; she’s a force of nature, really smart, funny and has a talent for…

Screaming in the Parking Lot

I was going to write a very earnest possibly boring post about habits – how by changing our habits bit by bit we can change our lives, especially our writing lives. But you have to admit the headline for this post about screaming in the parking lot grabbed your attention a lot more than Changing…

Kindness

I’ve been thinking about kindness lately and what it really means, how necessary it is. When people are kind it’s easier to move through the world, and when we’re kind to others we’re more generous, more loving, happier. Here’s a wonderful poem on the subject by one of my favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye.  All…