Category Archives: creativity

A Crazy Thought

Last week we met my cousins Larry and Janine for lunch in Carlsbad. Janine is consistently my biggest blogging cheerleader. For so many years, I blogged every Monday and the words became a story she followed with the ever encouraging … Continue reading

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When Things Get Tough

A student asked, “When times of great difficulty visit us, how should we meet them? The teacher said, “Welcome.” An essay by John Tarrant, Roshi, director of the Pacific Zen Institute, calls this an ancient koan suitable for our time. He says In hard … Continue reading

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Gaining Perspective: A Slow Moving Train

When I was at Occidental College doing my Masters’ work for my CLAD (Cross-Cultural Language and Academic) Teaching Credential, I took a race and ethnicity class. Oxy was an extremely progressive institution unlike any I had experienced in my prior … Continue reading

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Looking Through a New Lens

I spent the first 18 years of my life in Shasta County before moving to Westwood to attend college at UCLA. My town of Cottonwood was small in numbers, but wide in space. Many houses came with spacious land and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mr. Woodman’s Music

Alex Woodman was my son’s favorite teacher. A few weeks ago, he died suddenly at 59.  It’s taken time to process, for me and for the whole community. There are no words to describe this man, but because he loved stories, and words … Continue reading

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Meet Lois

The ups and downs of writing are enough to make any writer want to quit at least once a day. It’s imperative to have dear, kind friends along this path that understand the radically strange landscape of publishing…someone to share … Continue reading

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Metaphysical Goes Mainstream: Reiki Me

Tomorrow, Newsweek magazine’s special March 1st edition on Spiritual Living will cover all aspects we are seeing in the collective including a few of my favorites: adult coloring books, your dreams (the ones you have while sleeping), and Reiki. The issue … Continue reading

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Care of the Soul Can Be A Messy Job

In ordinary life creativity means making something for the soul out of every experience. Sometimes we can shape experience into meaningfulness playfully and inventively. At other times, simply holding experience in memory and in reflection allows it to incubate and … Continue reading

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Movie Me

I’m half through teaching my film class at the Center for Spiritual Living in Redding, California. I’m having the best time and I feel the need to tell you why. I’ve never taught a film class before. I didn’t go … Continue reading

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Dream Catchers

I’m coming out of the closet (or at least I’m in the doorway of the closet) on my dream life. I’m not sure why I’m in that doorway in the first place, except that dreams are a subject few people I’m … Continue reading

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