A question I’ve been asking people lately is this: “How have things changed for you since the pandemic began?” Often I get a list of all the things that have been hard – and yes, there are plenty of those -- or a puzzled look. Yet whether we are essential workers or have had the luxury of more time, how many of us have ... continue reading
Emerging from Holiday Sloth
Ah, the holidays. A chance to let go, unwind and too often fall into a lazy comfort that can be hard to arouse oneself from. I started the holidays busy, busy, busy… and by the end it was trashy novels and Christmas cookies. Sigh. There’s nothing wrong with this – I need that mindless downtime as much as the next person. ... continue reading
The Three Words that Free Us
Last week a family member shared some upsetting news, and I just lost it. I couldn’t be “strong” or “hold it together.” So, I did what I do when I need healing – I took a walk, even though it was late and dark outside. I started thinking about all the things that were tilted in my life, from the pandemic to the ... continue reading
Who Have You Had to Become?
Why do we write? It’s an age-old question, but I found a good answer recently. “The purpose of being a serious writer is to keep people from despair,” says Sarah Manguso. “If people read your work and, as a result, choose life, then you are doing your job.” When you think of it, whether reading for entertainment or ... continue reading
What Creative Season Are You In?
I feel a bit like a hermit. I have closed the doors, sealed the windows, and hung an “out to lunch” sign, which is likely to remain until early January. I’m not trying to be difficult. I’m simply honoring the creative season I’m in – winter. Others are in spring, summer or fall -- right here in Austin, Texas. It’s not ... continue reading