Strange Beauty: Wounds, Loss, Exile, Survival

Photo of a strangely beautiful abandoned country farmhouse, Norwood, Virginia. Taken Nov. 2017. I attended a couple of powerful lectures this week at Duke University. Wednesday night I saw Natasha Trethewey, our former US Poet Laureate. Last night I saw Richard Rodriguez, memoirist and essayist. They touched on similar themes and both have me thinking … More Strange Beauty: Wounds, Loss, Exile, Survival

Full Moon Affair

As a child, I fell head over heels in love with the moon. I’ve yet to recover. Last night, as I stood outside in the cold air, neck craned so I could see the fullness of her beauty, I whispered: Do you love me as much as I love you? She whispered back through the … More Full Moon Affair

The Next Right Step

Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. We are not handed a guide at birth entitled Fail-proof Steps to Living This Life. As such, I’ve lived most of my life through a lot of trial and error–heavy on the error side. I’ve also learned that sometimes I just have to take the next right step and … More The Next Right Step

My Gift from the Sea

I’ve just returned home from a week spent by the Atlantic Ocean. My favorite beach activities are walking along the shore looking for seashells, watching birds and dolphins play and remembering what a tiny, although vital, part of the Universe I am. I try to read the many books I drag along each time in … More My Gift from the Sea

Come to the Labyrinth

I recently walked a labyrinth. Actually, I walked many labyrinths–seven to be exact. Each one varied in size, material, texture, and setting. Each one evoked a different emotion in me while I walked round and round, forward, backwards (seemingly!), looping this way and that. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol used in different faiths and … More Come to the Labyrinth