Tag Archives: Feeding the Soul

My New Website Is Up!

Today is the day I’ve been waiting for.  I’m moving.  Not from my house, but to my new website is at: joanzrough.com. You’ll no longer find me here at the old address.  But if you go to the one above you’ll … Continue reading

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Memoir: Two You’ll Love

“Through my identification with another girl who could write what I couldn’t begin to think, I discovered a way to break out of the socialized story into something else, something new … my own voice.  I began to see how … Continue reading

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The Courage Of A Seed

“In nature, we are quietly offered countless models of how to give ourselves over to what appears dark and hopeless, but which ultimately is an awakening beyond our imagining.  All around us, everything small and buried surrenders to a process … Continue reading

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Living All The Way

“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, … Continue reading

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Books And Words As Containers

“If it is a human thing to do to put something you want, because it’s useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket, or a bit of rolled bark or leaf, or a net woven of your own … Continue reading

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What Is The Life I Should Live?

“All through our gliding journey, on this day as on so many others, a little song runs through my mind. I say song because it passes musically, but it is really just words, a thought that is neither strange nor … Continue reading

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Writing And Trauma

“Through writing, we change our relationship to trauma, for we gain confidence in ourselves and in our ability to handle life’s difficulties.  We come to feel that our lives are coherent rather than chaotic.  We see ourselves as able to … Continue reading

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Dogs In My Toolbox

There is a toolbox in my heart.  It’s filled with all sorts of things that help me navigate through my days and keep my life on the straight and narrow. When I begin to feel a bit off, anxious, or … Continue reading

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THE SENSATION OF BLISS

“A few years ago I was overwhelmed by deep anxiety, a fundamental, intense anxiety with no storyline attached. I felt very vulnerable, very afraid and raw. While I sat and breathed with it, relaxed into it, stayed with it, the … Continue reading

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Writing And Life

“Some writers … Charles Dickens was one … write seven or eight hours a day.  I’ve done this a few times in my life but haven’t liked it at all.  For me, there’s too much else I need and want … Continue reading

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