The Best Laid Plans

When, on a last-minute whim, I decided to take this holiday week off, I imagined myself immersed in all things creative. I would write every day. I would finish that poem. That short story. That novel. I would spend hours in the art room. I would read books—remember The Unread Book Project? I would surround… Continue reading The Best Laid Plans

Trying on a New Tradition

This time of year is steeped in tradition—those of our family, our religion, our community. As if by rote, we bring out the decorations, put up the tree, hang the lights, sings the songs, and eat the foods that are our customs. But, do they still resonate with us? Do they fill our hearts in… Continue reading Trying on a New Tradition

When Magic Has Its Say

Clearing my head this day is like clearing a thicket of brambles and branches. My thoughts have attached themselves to me like burrs, and it is too cold to stop and try to pull them off. So we walk along the frozen path together. It is quiet in the woods now. Except for the still-suspended… Continue reading When Magic Has Its Say