A Writing Mentor Muses

A Writing Mentor Muses

"Writing is a way, and not necessarily the only way, to open up the word and the world, and our lives within that world for attention, discussion, understanding, re-imagining and re-creating."                                                    Cynthia Chambers Our...

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Talking About Literacy For Our Times

Talking About Literacy For Our Times

In a world that is becoming increasingly virtual, how do we connect and sustain mutually supportive social relationships with each other?   I returned to UBC, my alma mater, to give a workshop for professors and students of the Faculty of Language &...

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The Power of Writing Alone Together

The Power of Writing Alone Together

Experience writing as a catalyst for personal growth, creative self-expression and mutual support. Discover a place of connection and belonging in a circle of creative inspiration and compassionate witness. Through the four practices of Writing Alone Together, you...

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Love is Like This Video

Love is Like This Video

Love is Like This is 20 tracks of poetry from the heart. Here’s the video poem for track 18 – Clouds & Mozart.   Love is Like This evokes the dance of relationship. From the intimacy of first crush to sweet and sour memories of kisses, the joy of conjugal...

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Transform Your Life through Writing Freely

Transform Your Life through Writing Freely

One of the greatest gifts that you can bring to your journal writing is your own inward permission to write freely.~Stephanie Dowrick As I sit here and start to write these words, I feel a knot of tension in my solar plexus, and nudges of anxiety in my lower belly....

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Longing for the Support of My Own Words

Longing for the Support of My Own Words

As I was poring through some old journals recently, I stumbled upon this entry from journal #16. Such a hesitancy to start again. How long has it actually been since I’ve been here. It seems like forever. How quickly I forget the path, when I stray from its marked...

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Compassion Lives Here

Compassion Lives Here

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Rumi, The Guest House   A walk in the garden, spying on sparrow with its...

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Taking Care of Ourselves With Words

Taking Care of Ourselves With Words

Yesterday I wrote a very short story about a girl who was wide-awake. Today I fell into a deep sleep again. And now, with these words, the light turns on. I am flowing. Sometimes I can’t believe how much our bodies experience. Stress, the way it hovers in the chest, a...

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