Mountains and Moments

Mountains and Moments

Over the course of my life, I’ve met a lot of people who enjoy moments of being out in nature. They generally fall into two groups: mountain people and water people. That’s a generalization, of course—mountain lakes could feed the souls of both groups, I expect—but...
Flowering Anyway

Flowering Anyway

A couple of weeks ago I was eagerly anticipating the flowering of a cactus in a nearby neighbor’s front yard. Small, fuzzy knobs had appeared at the top of the single upright stem, very slowly growing larger. Then, rather suddenly, it seemed to catch strength and buds...

What We Put Aside

Recently I’ve found myself pondering the various writing-project ideas that I’ve generated over the years. A couple weeks ago, I decided to see if I could gather them all into one place, one list. I started going through various electronic files and discovered that I...

Reconnecting with Joy and Laughter

Last weekend I led a pair of workshops for a women’s retreat at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Tucson. The keynote speaker, Lesley Abrams, is both a clergywoman and a comedienne, and she certainly had us laughing. She also had us focused on reconnecting with joy,...

Reclaiming the Writing Life

This weekend I’m attending another writers workshop—this one in my new home territory of Tucson. I just learned about it a couple of weeks ago, and learned at the same time that it was the last annual event because the organizer is retiring from the work. I’m sad that...