New ground

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning.” — John O’Donohue It started off as a horrific week. My Web site was attacked by a malicious virus, requiring several days of tedious repairs (and I’m still not finished with the archives yet).  Later that same day, my dermatologist removed five pre-cancerous patches from my skin. It […]

Survival tips for grads

At commencement you wear your square-shaped mortarboards. My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros.” ~Paul Freund A blog pal recently asked if any of her regular readers had a few pithy words of advice for new graduates. I was reminded of an earlier column […]

“Wild Geese”

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination.” — Mary Oliver “Wild Geese” is another favorite by our old friend Mary Oliver, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry we’ve explored in previous posts. Listening to Anne Lamott’s Word by Word, an audio CD on creative writing, I learned that Lamott posted […]

All my children

When you have raised kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.” — Robert Brault Today’s essay first appeared on Mother’s Day 2004 in my Sunday column in The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak. At the time, my son and his longtime friends, a.k.a. “The Crew,” were preparing to graduate from high […]

Wild words

What more could I do with wild words?” — Mary Oliver I’m a cat lover and a morning person, so Mary Oliver‘s “Morning” spoke to me the first time I read it. And each time I revisit the poem, something else strikes me. Last week, for instance, a student in one of my workshops told […]