When Writing Feels Like a Waste of Time

On a rough day, my husband will cheer me up with a dozen yellow roses. For some reason, it’s often before we go out of town, so I immediately think how we will receive a sad, wilted welcome when we return from our trip. It feels like a waste of beauty. How many days and […]

The Whisper of God

For most of my writing career, I’ve been a novelist. I steered clear from a personal blog for several years because I wanted to avoid exposure. Then, I moved to Chile and a blog was one of the ways I could stay in touch. I wrote honest things, but they were nice things. Things most […]

Madeleine L’Engle Made Me Do It

My husband and I fell in love dodging sparks over a shared affection for travel, coffee and Madeleine L’Engle. I had just finished rereading L’Engle’s treatise on faith and art, Walking on Water, for the umpteenth time, feeling the usual pull to be a writer without the guts to follow the call. My future husband, […]

Dear Writer, We Commission You

May your words and your life bring Light May you carry the torches of Love and justice and goodness and Hope May your words stir up, wake up, shake up, lift up May your sentences be balm for wounded souls May it be balm for your own soul. Where there is cynicism, may you plant […]

Writing and Sweating and Taming Lions

Being a writer is like being a lion tamer. Minus the chance you could get mauled to death. If you are a writer you know exactly what I am talking about. Writing is the wild act of wrestling ideas to the ground and then, somehow, fashioning those ideas so they make some kind of logical […]