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The Feels

A year ago today, I drew this compass to illustrate the five feelings I wanted to cultivate in 2019.The four points: joy, peace, prosperity, and grace. The heart-center: harmony.I started to write the words onto the compass, but then I realized I wante…

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Big Gratitude for All the Little Things

Happy Gratitude!Little things can bring such big delight. Like receiving photos of my new book, Living Large on Little, trotting the globe from New Zealand to Kansas (with a few furry bibliophiles, too!) Thank you, thank you to all the readers! An…

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Big Gratitude for All the Little Things

Happy Gratitude!Little things can bring such big delight. Like receiving photos of my new book, Living Large on Little, trotting the globe from New Zealand to Kansas (with a few furry bibliophiles, too!) Thank you, thank you to all the readers! An…

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Living Large on Little: Part 3

And one more installation from my forthcoming mini book: Living Large on Little: How to See the Invitation in Limitation. This vignette is from the section on patience….When I taught high school on a tiny, Micronesian island, far, far away,…

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Living Large on Little: Part 2

This month, a second installation from my forthcoming mini book: Living Large on Little: How to See the Invitation in Limitation. It is divided into sections of vignettes, and the following bit appears in the “Joy” section….The idea that an…

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Living Large on Little: Part 1

WordSpaceStudios, San Francisco It was such a gift. Time and space in San Francisco to write. While there, I was able to work on a nonfiction project that’s been growing in a Word document for a long time: Living Large on Little: How to See the In…

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Beyond the Visible

At the start of my walk…I was grateful to spend the last week housesitting near Face Rock Beach in Bandon, Oregon. I walked the long beaches usually twice a day, in between overlong work sessions.One afternoon, as I headed north, I noticed that Face …

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What will we send out?

When I created the Word-Painting Project, the idea was to do something that could encourage others…and cover my grocery bill while chalet-sitting for friends in Switzerland (I’m a practical poet!). Though I thought I was making time for the p…

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The Poet & the Bloodstone

Detail of Bloodstone Pillars, Catedral de Ávila, SpainI am happy that this poem will be  published in the forthcoming Deep Travel anthology.  A bit of backstory:Saint Teresa of Ávila and Charles-Axel Guillaumot never met. …

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Poetry in Five Minutes or Less

For this year’s National Poetry Month, I shared lickety-split bits of micropoetry each day on Instagram. My rules: use photos I took each day and write the poetry in five minutes or less. (This was a fun break from my norm of a bazillion revi…

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