Tag Archives: Feeding the Soul

Winter Garden

“Go into the garden and try to learn the world that surrounds you.  Look at how you’ve placed a stone.  Now the trees and shrubs are bare you can more easily see how they harmonize with the garden.  Imagine.  Let … Continue reading

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Being Reborn

Anybody who knows my visual art understands that I LOVE color.  It turns me on, provides me with an abundance of joy, and makes me want to dance.  I’m happiest when the sun is shining, and the sky is a … Continue reading

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Gift Of The Magi

My annual Christmas doldrums stayed away until the week before the big day. They slowly made their way into those early mornings hours when I worry myself awake. They like to sit on my chest, heavy and soggy with tears, … Continue reading

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Two Muses … A Thought About Creating

“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’ This is the … Continue reading

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A Gift For Myself

I’m on retreat, at the beach in Duck, North Carolina. Today is my last day here.  We’ll head on home tomorrow, leaving the calming sound of the ocean right outside our door. It’s a great time to be here. There … Continue reading

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Living Simply

I thought yesterday was October first and here I am preparing for Thanksgiving.  Why do I feel like I’m living in a time capsule that moves forward at a gazillion miles an hour? As a little kid, I felt time … Continue reading

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One Sweet Journey

Two weeks ago Bill and I went up to Long Island, to scatter my mother’s ashes. I worried about the trip for weeks ahead of time, waking every morning with the same questions.  “Am I doing the right thing and why?  … Continue reading

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Writing My Life

When I told a friend a while back that I’m in the process of writing a memoir, she asked me what it was going to write about. I struggled with what to tell her. I wasn’t very clear yet myself, … Continue reading

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Batty’s Pride And Joy

Who’s Batty?  I am.  That’s what my granddaughter, Zoe named me when she was just beginning to talk and it’s stuck.  Doesn’t sound anything like Grandma or Grammy or any other name little kids call their grandmothers.  But that’s fine … Continue reading

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What Do We Need In Order To Do Our Best Work?

Friend, writer, and teacher extraordinaire, Patti Digh wrote a great blog post a few days ago.  Writing about her daughter, Tess, who was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome she asks the questions, “What does Tess need to succeed?  What helps … Continue reading

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