Tending the spiritual lives of writers & readers.


Boiled Down to a Drop

She didn’t read books so she didn’t know
that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop.
                                                    –Zora Neale Hurston

Since my mother died over a year ago I’ve worn her jade ring as a reminder that she’s still here. My mother loved beautiful objects and somehow these objects, her jewelry and the quilt she made me and the African violets she grew and even her dime-store spiral notebooks, continue to hold that love.

As do I. Sometimes I feel more my mother than myself—her loud hiccups, her bad gynecological genes, her late night worries and self-pitying whine, and her fondness for home, for a lingering, elegant meal, for libraries, for generous giving. Her goodnight kisses, her pride at my work, her inexhaustible love. These were in me before she died I know them more poignantly now.

None of us, it turns out, are separate, siloed identities. We’re all mash-ups of each other. read more…



Second Fridays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., beginning in September: Spiritual Memoir drop-in sessions at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality. Topics to be determined.

September 25, 2017:  Talk on memoir at the LEAFS Life Enrichment Adult Forum, Christ Lutheran Church, Blaine, MN.

October 2-6, 2017: Alone Together: Living Revision Retreat at Madeline Island School of the Arts.

October 25, 2017, 6:30:  An evening exploring spiritual memoir at The Retreat with Women In Recovery.

October 27, 2017: Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice workshop at the Loft Literary Center.

November 17, 2017:  Revision Revival!  Book launch for Living Revision at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, with guest speakers P.S. Duffy, Kyoko Katayama, Susan Power, Vanessa Ramos, and others.

September 24-28, 2018:  Alone Together: Living Revision at Madeline Island School of the Arts.



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