I’m Not Lazy…Am I?

“Lazy” is a sticky label. The word is annoyingly accurate, an on-target description of those moments when we possess the energy and capacity to do something worthwhile, and though there’s nothing particular blocking us from doing it, we just don’t. No doubt my mother saw the truth of my inaction back in my teenage days, …

100 Things I Know #15 – Negative Energy Does Me No Good

Granted, some people argue that negative thought can smoke out the problems, prevent illusionary thinking, and generally give a more realistic view of the world. However, negative energy and negative thinking do me no good. Faith, belief, inspiration, and hope all lead to better outcomes than thinking a thing can’t be done.   My mental playlist …

I Repent: Words for Charleston

After the Charleston tragedy, I posted this on Facebook: “No words for what happened in Charleston. Just no words...stunning...” I was right in one sense.   It was stunning. I wrong about the other part. There are words. There must be words.   In Charleston Shooting: Speaking the Unspeakable, Thinking the Unthinkable, Charles P. Pierce challenges us …

Why I Write

Why do I write? Popular wisdom says to “start with the end in mind.”  So often, I write without much of an end in mind at all.   I start from where I am, the movement of forces inside me, and work out from there.   Usually, it begins with a scan of attention across my inner …

Time To Get On With It

I've read several times not to blog about your blogging.    Cardinal sin, that, mostly because people want to know how to do things: how to achieve bliss, how to find happiness, how to discover God or orgasms or the next big thing, each of them in five easy steps (or less).   And a …

A 100 Word Prompt: …the extreme weather meant…

From a prompt from Julia's Place. The prompt:  ...the extreme weather meant...  100 words.  Here we go. FOG AGAIN, HE SAYS, CURTAIN PARTING Fog again, he says, curtain parting, Fingertips nearly numb with night Still cold on them like blunt, iced hurt The extreme weather meant to leave, Meant to deposit on blued skin Left …

Writing: Getting to It

Inauguration day, as a moment of beginning and continuation, strikes me as a fine day to begin writing again.  So here we go. After a great Christmas in New York, where I got to hang out with my NYC gang—namely, Amy Berryman and Daniel and Grace Berryman (my amazing kids), not to mention my lovely …