Welcome to my woefully out of date, but hopefully still helpful, blog!

My life has changed a lot since I began writing this Wisdom Within, Ink blog back in 2009-ish. It particularly changed when I began working on my first book in 2015 and freelancing shifted my focus away from facilitating and coaching. By the time I returned to school to complete an MFA in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir … Continue reading Welcome to my woefully out of date, but hopefully still helpful, blog!

Let the river take me: Learnings from facilitating an at-risk group

I originally wrote this article for Chrysalis, The Journal of Transformative Language Arts (which is currently under maintenance), April 2016    Let the river take me,  a compilation poem Let the river take me — Even when it hurts, it breathes with the joy of laughter, undulating. I choke on life, I’m really here in the world. I … Continue reading Let the river take me: Learnings from facilitating an at-risk group

I’m not here to teach you anything: Some thoughts on facilitating & coaching

I originally wrote this post in 2014 for the blog of tlanetwork.org, the website of the Transformative Language Arts Network. It seems appropriate to re-post as I am preparing a graduate course on Expressive Writing in the classroom for Castleton University's Center for Schools. Although in this situation I will be technically a lecturer/teacher/professor rather … Continue reading I’m not here to teach you anything: Some thoughts on facilitating & coaching

I simply decided to live

This the fifth in a series of poems from the “Write to Recover” group I facilitate. I put them together from phrases that resonate with me while participants read. I add nothing but punctuation and the occasional conjunction. This one is comprised of the words of five participants. Sometimes the way is right in front … Continue reading I simply decided to live

Stop striving. Start listening.

This is a follow-up to this post: On a mission (statement) I've written of Serendipity and Synchronicity before. There have been many examples of it in my life, such as the time two women showed up to one of my workshops out of the blue. It "just happened" that these two women were from the … Continue reading Stop striving. Start listening.

W.O.R.D.S.: Feminine (or Mother’s calling)

The W.O.R.D.S. Project (Words Open Resonating Depths of the Sacred): A weekly alphabetical search for questions.* Feeling something's deeply wrong Equality and equity are words they say, but My body knows the wound of centuries, Ingrained in the soul of every woman who has ever been called "bitch" or hysterical for Nothing more than speaking … Continue reading W.O.R.D.S.: Feminine (or Mother’s calling)

W.O.R.D.S.: Divine (or why do the crickets sing)

The W.O.R.D.S. Project (Words Open Resonating Depths of the Sacred): A weekly alphabetical search for questions.* Divinity humming in the trees and throbbing In the mud; Vibrating through earth's veins and pulsing In my blood. No one, no thing is apart from deity, Every life is a part of the whole entity. Di/De= root meaning … Continue reading W.O.R.D.S.: Divine (or why do the crickets sing)

The W.O.R.D.S. Project: Calling (Or, how do I know my bliss?)

The W.O.R.D.S. Project (Words Open Resonating Depths of the Sacred): A weekly alphabetical search for questions.* Can you hear the calling of your soul? And are you really listening? Listen, listen with your heart, Listen with your breathing In, and your breathing out. Notice how your body feels when Guiding words vibrate within. "It was … Continue reading The W.O.R.D.S. Project: Calling (Or, how do I know my bliss?)

W.O.R.D.S.: Belief (or What is the definition of love?)

The W.O.R.D.S. Project (Words Open Resonating Depths of the Sacred): A weekly alphabetical search for questions.* Belief in a life lived is all I need, because Every day is a leap of faith. Living in unity with the All, Invites me to believe in Trust. Envisioning the path on which I walk Forwards my Wholy … Continue reading W.O.R.D.S.: Belief (or What is the definition of love?)

Trust the Process (pt 13): Seeing the End of the Road

On August 16th, 2010 I wrote my first Trust the Process post. It was the beginning of my graduate school journey. Tomorrow I begin the end. My last semester. The one when I pull together everything I have learned over the past three semesters into one piece of writing (well, two, actually) so it can … Continue reading Trust the Process (pt 13): Seeing the End of the Road