• Creativity and discovery,  Motivation,  Poetry

    Throwback Thursday: “Make music of what you can”

      Good morning, friends! Today I’m re-posting an old favorite for new subscribers…   I always knew I wanted to be a writer. When I was a kid, I perched in the gnarly apple tree in my backyard and scribbled stories in a notebook with lined pages. In college I majored in English and journalism, but it took a few more years to find the courage (and the income) I needed to begin a real writing career. The zig-zag path that led me here was marked with detours and littered with excuses. After graduation, I worked at other jobs where I learned some valuable lessons — including what I didn’t…

  • David Whyte,  Events & news,  Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Musuem,  Poetry

    Finding our way back home

    “This is the bright home in which I live, this is where I ask my friends to come.” ~David Whyte “Home” is a small but expansive word. What does it really mean to make a home, to feel at home, or to be at home with oneself? At the same time, the buildings we call home reflect who we are, which is why inviting people inside our homes is an intimate gesture that extends beyond basic hospitality. My mother had a gift for creating beautiful homes, and I inherited her appreciation of the domestic arts. In a nursing facility near the end of her life, she was confined to a wheelchair and talked constantly…

  • Billy Collins,  Poetry,  relationships

    A random still life, an everyday love poem

    Then all the moments of the past began to line up behind that moment.” — Billy Collins Billy Collins sees art in the ordinary acts of daily life. In “This Much I Do Remember,” Collins recalls a tender moment that most couples can relate to: the leisurely hour at the dinner table after a good meal has been shared. The woman he’s addressing in this poem is his wife of many years. I fight tears every time I read this piece. It deftly underscores the familiar comfort of a long marriage, reminding me of my own. As Collins wisely points out, the simple, everyday moments we share are the foundation of…

  • approval seeking,  David Whyte,  Poetry

    “Sweet Darkness”

    “You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in.” — David Whyte Sometimes the right poem can work life-changing magic. And sometimes it all depends on what you’re going through when you read it. David Whyte’s “Sweet Darkness” is one such poem for me. Revisiting it today, I am struck this time by the sheer power of its last three lines. This heart-stopping poem is an invitation to stop wasting our time on futile distractions — and a clarion call to discover the real work that we were meant to do…. SWEET DARKNESSBy David Whyte When your eyes are tiredthe world is tired also. When your vision has…

  • Audre Lorde,  Photo stories

    Speaking your truth

    “Once you start to speak, people will yell at you…. or put you down and suggest it’s personal.  And the world won’t end.  And the speaking will get easier and easier.  And you will lose some friends and lovers,  and realize you don’t miss them.  And new ones will find you and cherish you.  And at last you’ll know with surprising certainty  that only one thing is more frightening  than speaking your truth.  And that is not speaking.”   ~ Audre Lorde