Why read black authors

Why read memoirs by Black authors?  I received this question from a fellow writer a few days ago. My first reaction was, are you kidding?  Then I remembered the wisdom of a dear writing friend: Check yourself, she said. She may not know.  The question came from a...

Close Reading as Spiritual Practice

You’ve probably seen and/or downloaded some of the anti-racist reading lists circulating on the Internet. White Fragility and How to Be an Anti-Racist are a few books that are on my nightstand now. If for some reason you haven’t laid eyes on any of these lists and...

One Good Reason to Tell Your Story

I was cleaning my studio a few days ago, tearing flagged pages from old notebooks, and found this note I’d written about Mara Wilson’s memoir, Where Am I Now? “Wilson discovered she had OCD after reading the memoir, Kissing Doorknobs, by Terry Spencer. Spencer’s...

The Time to Write is Always Now

It looks like this strange state we find ourselves in will continue for some time. The social distancing.  The masks.   The zoom chats. Most of us will be at home for the foreseeable future.   How can you create space inside this new reality? How do you make room for...

Rest and Receive

I want to tell you a story I’ve repeated so often lately, it occurs to me that it might be something you need to hear. Even if you’ve heard it before, I’m guessing you need to hear it again. It’s about knowing when to withdraw from giving, when...

Filter in Place

I’ve heard from some of you that you want to use this time go do deeper in your writing, but you’re having trouble focusing. Quieting the mind was challenging enough before we became bombarded by the Internet. And then quarantine came along and added...

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