Tetrameter Fragments

So I've been experimenting with various ideas about what to do with the tetrameter that I've been writing each morning for over two years.    For the moment, I've decided to pull fragments out and create panels experimenting with text and texture.  I've got lots to learn visually, but it feels like there's potential here. …

Acting 101: For All of Us

Here’s what actors do, in one way or another.  Imaginatively, they work to enter the experience of a person, a character, imagining circumstances, beliefs, thought-life, sensory preferences, histories of relationships, and perhaps most importantly, what their particular characters are hungry for, long for, and have been living without.   They then shift their physical and emotional …

Thriving: A Good Hub of a Word

Themes for the New Year abound.   Commitment, focus, discipline, simplicity, gratitude, service...there are many ways to frame a reorientation of living.  Here's the one I've settled on as a hub for the work of my various writing platforms. Thrive. Funny word, thrive.  Makes me think of "hive."  Which leads me to images of buzzing …

How to Stay Astonished in Five Simple Steps

How's the old Kathy Mattea song go?   "Standing knee deep in a river, and dying of thirst." My wife puts up with me, but it has to be annoying. "Isn't it funny that we ingest food," I say.   Or, "It's so strange that we have these orbs in the front of our heads …

…Which Held All Possibilities

"Each sentence hung over an abyssal ocean or sky which held all possibilities, as well as the possibility of nothing." Writing used to be a sensual joy.  It's more pounding now, more churning out material, wondering how to not get lost in the sea of sentences now ebbing and flowing in swift currents and tides. …

Possibility as a First Word

If you sat down quietly to listen for and to God (or at least "the small still voice inside") and after awhile, a series of words presented themselves to you, and the first word was "possibility", what would you do with it? If you took "possibility" to be a word of direction, where would it …

The Ten Great Blessings

On New Year's Eve, I glanced over an email from Bill Hybels, the Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, in which he encouraged everyone to take time to count their blessings.  He told the story of his own family, of their New Year's Eve tradition (if I'm getting this right) of sharing ten great …