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How to heal the world…

…give thanks, take joy

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An August Nod to Machado

Some Antonio Machado magic for these dog days of summer:And the golden beeswere making white combsand sweet honeyfrom my old failures.From his poem, “Last Night As I Lay Sleeping,” translated by Robert Bly

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Blooming Through

O the courage of yarrow, impossibly blooming through abandoned asphalt. Yarrow—meaning healing & love, meaning even the thickest lid above the wild seed of our hopecannot contain tenacious life.      

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Quinceañeras & Everyday Unicorns

Fifteen summer solstices ago—give or take a matter of hours—I wrote my first blog post here on Wordbody. There have been many books and paintings since then. Many things lost and a few things won. I’ve shared most all of them here. Some posts are …

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Speck-Sized Faith

O sweet seed—you small not yet,smaller already.The final flower waitsin speck-sized faith.Come forth—unfurl the gentle petalsof patience.

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Oh, the Places We Go!

Ten springs ago, I walked the hills of Wales. I was in the middle of making a choice, and this little pedestrian path sign seemed like the perfect metaphor for choices. It also reminds me of these lines from the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, the Pla…

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The Heart That Took Flight

Happy Book Birthday!I was rummaging around in my old blogs looking for something this morning when I made a happy discovery: my first little book, The Heart Takes Flight, just turned 10, almost to the day!This illustrated vignette was a labor of love. …

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Blessing of Endurance

Deep in the umpteenth revision of my book, I feel like toddler-me knew exactly how I feel.I’m saving my writing juice for the Big Project, so this month’s post is a little encouragement to press on & press through. And maybe remember the determinat…

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S is for…

One of the things I learned from my husband: Shoe Goo fixes most everything!Part of my book-writing process is creating a list of terms: alphabetized proper names and odd or specific spellings. This is helpful both in style sheets for future copy edito…

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A Compass of Love

A few Decembers ago, I painted this little heart compass. I had words for each of the four points that I wanted to cultivate in the coming year, but I remember deciding not to write them onto the painting—to leave it open for future words. I was a…

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