As a memoirist, I’ve had to think long and hard about some of the #MeToo issues that are now buzzing around the public sphere. When you write memoir, you generally don’t get too far before you run up against thorny questions of how much to reveal about your past, especially when telling your story means […]
I recently joined my oldest friend, Audrey Kalman, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California to lead a writing workshop called “Birthing Your Truest Stories.” The theme seemed right to us because it integrates Audrey’s work as a birth doula and writer with my work as a memoirist as well as teacher and scholar of […]
We all do it these days: slap on a smiley face or a frowny face or a thumbs-up to stand in for a more complex expression of our feelings. The Tweeter-in-Chief uses just one word—SAD–to represent a whole political diatribe. His other favorite one-worder: FAKE. We struggle to compress our ideas into 140 characters, or […]
There are all these romantic myths about great artists painting or writing frenziedly in the middle of the night, but the truth is that dreams hold the key to our most creative energy, and the only way to tap that creative elixir is to sleep. In our goal-oriented, efficiency-minded, hyper-productive culture, it can be difficult […]
Last weekend I led a writing workshop way up high on the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts at just under 4,000 feet. Thirteen women made the trek up the winding narrow road to the broad windy peak, with its rustic wood and stone Lodge and its lighthouse monument recently made famous […]
In writing life we seek, as Shakespeare put it, “to hold a mirror up to nature”—to call into words the intangible aura of significance that, whether we realize it or not, illuminates every moment of our lives. It’s a calling that offers deep, sustaining nourishment for the journey of life.