Welcome to my woefully out of date, but hopefully still helpful, blog!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time I returned to school to complete an MFA in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir … Continue reading Welcome to my woefully out of date, but hopefully still helpful, blog!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

Path to Publication, pt 18: Book Launch!

Well, I did it. The book is finished. Lilian Baker Carlisle: Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure -- A Scrapbook Memoir is, finally, gosh-darn really real! I truly didn't believe it was real until the moment I first held it in my hands at the book launch. It's always just been a one-dimensional design on the computer, even … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 18: Book Launch!

Path to Publication, pt 17: It’s happening! (pt2). Subtitle: ARGH, the Critic!

Good grief. Nine months ago I wrote a post in celebration of the fact that the first draft of the book manuscript was imminent and that layout was finished, meaning in just a few months more the book -- a (mostly) visual biography of a local historian and writer -- would be ready for publication. … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 17: It’s happening! (pt2). Subtitle: ARGH, the Critic!

Path to Publication, pt 16: It’s happening!

Wow, it's been a looooong time since I last wrote, especially on this publication series. And here's one of the reasons why: I'm about to get published! Quick background: Over 18 months ago I was hired -- as a history buff, writer, and someone with some graphic design skills -- by a historical society to … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 16: It’s happening!

I am alive and not ashes in the ground

This the ninth 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 four participants who were writing on the prompt, “To … Continue reading I am alive and not ashes in the ground

I’m strong enough to live through hell

This the eighth 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 seven participants who were writing on the prompt, "I … Continue reading I’m strong enough to live through hell

Me is who I am

I put this poem together from phrases written in the “Write to Recover” group I facilitate. Writing down phrases that caught my ear (and heart) while they shared, snippets of poems just appeared. We all have a poet inside when we get out of our own way and let the words flow. This one is … Continue reading Me is who I am

This story has yet to see its end

I put this poem together from phrases written in the “Write to Recover” group I facilitate. Writing down phrases that caught my ear (and heart) while they shared, snippets of poems just appeared. We all have a poet inside when we get out of our own way and let the words flow. Trying to get … Continue reading This story has yet to see its end

More than you know: Why and how to start journaling

This is an edited version of my "All Write!" column in the Rutland Herald, published January 29, 2016 The most compelling reason to write as far I'm concerned is the ability to access a great wealth of knowledge about yourself. Dr. Ira Progoff, who is considered the grandfather of personal journaling due to his development … Continue reading More than you know: Why and how to start journaling