Writing in the World

I haven’t sent much of my writing out in the last year or so, except for this blog and some book reviews – oh, and an entry to that poetry chapbook contest – but I was still very interested to see Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents recently published by New World Library. (I do have […]

Gifts from the Journey

 

“We are searching for the core of our lives; our culture intuits that writing, that ancient activity, might be a pathway.” And indeed, Natalie Goldberg’s many students have found it be so – as we have in the Writing Life women’s writing circles.

The theme of one of the two six-week writing circles I offered in the fall was Gifts […]

The Wisdom of the Circle

“There is nothing so wise as a circle,” Rainer Maria Rilke said and I have found that to be true of people gathering in a circle, facing one another. (My partner Sarah finds wisdom in drawing and painting sacred circles as mandalas.)

In the circle, we learn to listen. We learn to be heard. We put our dreams into words […]

Dropping the Struggle

My word for this year has been “WANDER” and while I haven’t been physically wandering as I did last year at this time, I have let my mind wander. I let it wander through books by Olivia Laing including To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface and her latest, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being […]

Hello Moon

The full moon was glowing brightly over Gabriola Island when Sarah and I were on the ferry headed home to Nanaimo from Vancouver. We had been to see to see Dr. Mark Hill, the plastic surgeon, who , in January moved some muscle in my left shin and did a skin graft. He’s been keeping an eye on it […]

Lughnasadh

We’re in the Autumn Quarter of the year called Lammas or Lughnasadh, as of August 2nd.

My We’Moon calendar says: “Try this out. Let go of everything around you. Let go of everything in you. Let go of the body. Let go of space. Let go of time. Just hang out in Noplace Notime.” Sounds like a treat we all […]

The Sacred Space Between Stories

Looking back to last July, I wrote a blog about the launch of poetry chapbooks that came out of poetry retreats with Patrick Lane in Honeymoon Bay. I went to the launch and also the July 2015 retreat. The chapbook from that poetry retreat was launched at the Nanaimo Museum this month.

The title of the chapbook anthology, What We […]

The Wander Society

In the fall of 2015, I was the solitary member of my own “Wander Society” in Victoria where I spent five weeks for radiation treatments at the BC Cancer Agency. I discovered places I hadn’t seen before, took photos of unusual objects (like a new shoe hanging from a telephone pole), and took rests along the way to write […]

Being Open to a New Discovery

When I used to get home from a holiday, I would get my photos developed and spend time looking at them to relive some cherished moments, put them in albums and write captions. Now my holidays tend to be the “holy days” of poetry retreats and the days following tend to be immersed in poetry.

I was fortunate enough and […]

A New Beginning

A refrain is repeating (is that redundant?) in my brain – and I sometimes sing it – “So pick yourself up, take a deep breath, dust yourself off and start all over again.” Diana Krall’s version is the one I listen to, written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields.

I’m at a new beginning now that I’m ready to embark […]