Gathering the Fragments

I am putting the finishing touches on a week-long seminar I’ll be leading as part of the International Women’s Writing Guild’s Annual Summer Conference. Thanks to the creativity of my Facebook friends, I’m calling it “Pen & Pose: A...

Noise Pollution

I had my proverbial panties bunched up in knots for a couple weeks around Some Thing that is not new and has not shifted in any major or even unexpected way.  I do not want to get confessional about what this Thing might be, only say that I know intellectually and...

Eclipsing Habitual Ways

It’s almost a White Christmas in the U.S. Northeast, with fat flurries falling, but not sticking, to empty streets. The city is quiet. Last night on a brisk after-dinner walk, I passed less than a handful of people in four miles. In fact, the most traffic I got...

Completing School Just as Others Dive Back In

On Saturday, our Reiki masters group, together since the spring of 2009, celebrated the closing of a chapter as teacher and students by doing a ritual along the Shenandoah River. We gathered in a circle, lit incense, and were guided by Luann to go our separate ways...

The Teaching Path

First, the subjects we teach are as large and complex as life, so our knowledge of them is always flawed and partial. No matter how we devote ourselves to reading and research, teaching requires a command of content that always eludes our grasp. Second, the students...