“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” ~ Joseph Campbell. When I was young, one of my aunts sent me a book of poetry.  At first I was a little upset.  I loved to get books of short stories, fairy tales, children’s magical adventures.  Poetry not so much!  It was […]

“We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon” ~ Joni Mitchell. When I first decided I wanted to write I bought a subscription to a magazine called Writer’s Digest.  There were many helpful articles such as how to get published, how to jumpstart ideas, and other tips and suggestions.  I had […]

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” ~ Saint Augustine. Seventy-seven years ago today, a man in his early thirties made a promise that has been repeated over and over again since that Sunday in Salem Congregational Church: “Tomorrow, by God’s grace, I will light a […]

“You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ~ Brene Brown. I have always admired poetry.  If I were a poet I would choose my words with care, then slice and dice and splice lines together so clean and pretty it would take your breath away.  Those words […]

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” ~ Robert Morgan. I have nothing but fond memories of my days as a student nurse.  In the traditional way, student nurses spent most of their time on the wards, having a work schedule just like any other employee.  In fact, before I had been […]

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” ~ Khalil Gibran. The joy of being a story-teller is that first you must collect the stories.  Which means at the very least having willing ears and an open mind.  Many of us don’t have the patience to hear a […]

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson. The old is new again.  On my recent trip to the UK we rode from Bolton, a town nestled in the foothills of the Lancashire Pennines, in to the city center of Manchester.  Rather than driving […]