• Just for writers,  Poetry,  Writing advice

    Working from home

    “Let her have a chair, her shadeless lamp, the table.” — Jane Hirshfield, “The Poet” The pandemic has changed the way most of us work. Today, “working from home” is no longer just a temporary option for parents of young kids. More than ever, we all need a safe workspace where we can be productive and creative — whether it’s the kitchen table, a home office in the guest room, or a studio in the basement. The following poem is another favorite of mine, reminding me of my early years of motherhood and the challenges of starting a writing career at home. (I scheduled my deadlines around nap time or…

  • Motivation,  Photo stories

    The right tools?

    “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” ~George Herbert Procrastination is so easy to justify. We convince ourselves that we can’t begin (or finish) a project until we’ve acquired the right workspace, a totally clear calendar, or a special set of tools or equipment … Or until the stars align perfectly in our personal universe. That’s when the tools we need the most are motivation, a can-do attitude, and the sheer will to start or finish the project. What have you been…

  • Personal growth,  Photo stories,  the challenges of being original

    Living free

    “To live without comparison is to remove a tremendous burden.” ~ J. Krishnamurti   We’re all exposed to an infinite number of voices and trends on social media. With so many people vying for attention online, we might fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others, or trying too hard to impress them. When that happens, it’s time to step away from our devices and seek our better angels within. If we focus instead on appreciating our own lives, we’ll be less inclined to compete or compare. ~CL     Photo by Cindy La Ferle

  • Inspirational quotes,  Motivation,  Oprah Winfrey,  Photo stories

    The telling tale

     “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” ~Oprah Winfrey Everyone has a defining story or two. When you think of friends or family members, for instance, which roles or stories immediately spring to mind? There’s the middle child, the kid brother, or the devoted wife and mother. There’s the risk taker, the organizer, the shy one, the needy one, the artist, the generous one, the stingy one, the drama queen, the bossy one, the reliable one, and the genius — just to name a few. Some of us base (or blame) our personal narratives on a life-altering…