You Might Fly!

You Might Fly!

Most of us know that wearing wings doesn’t mean we can fly. Here’s the rest of the sobering news—most of us fail. No matter how hard we work, most of the time things don’t turn out the way we hoped. However . . . Just because we fail most of the time doesn’t mean we fail ALL of the time. It helps to remember that kids fly with their feet on the ground, running around letting their imagination be their wings. So this...

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Pueblo Storytelling Traditions and Mine

Pueblo Storytelling Traditions and Mine

Just read Leslie Marmon Silko’s book Storyteller for the second time. It is a delightful collection of short stories, photographs, and poetry influenced by the traditional stories of Silko’s Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. It’s worth two reads because it illustrates how storytelling shapes people, families and whole cultures. The shaping is subtle and sometimes odd. Silko includes a couple of stories that stick in her memory...

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Permission to Experiment: One Week at Jack Kerouac School of Writing

Permission to Experiment: One Week at Jack Kerouac School of Writing

Earlier this summer, I attended a week of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One, was teaching a class on writing historical fiction which has always been my emphasis. I was looking for something new. Naropa writing programs tend to encourage experimental writing and I was giving myself permission to step outside my comfort zone. That started with...

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Soup Kitchen Comfort Food

Soup Kitchen Comfort Food

When my husband and I moved to “the last dog-patch in Boulder,” we started inviting our friends over for Sunday Soup Kitchen. Our neighborhood is one of Boulder’s oldest and is mostly small older houses that were being used for students. Not any more. The neighborhood is close to downtown which means it’s quickly transitioning from student housing to people who want to be able to walk to everything in Boulder which is...

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Won Colorado Author’s League Grant!

Won Colorado Author’s League Grant!

Always good news! I won a Colorado Author’s League Grant. It will pay my tuition to attend one week of the Naropa Summer Writing Program. Naropa’s program is famous for poetry and experimental fiction. It is known as the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. It was started by Kerouac and Allan Ginsberg. I will be studying how history is/can be used in fiction–my sort of thing but with an updated/experimental twist. The...

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List–What I’ve Done in Life

List–What I’ve Done in Life

My daughter-in-law posted this list on Facebook and challenged me to fill out what I’d done. Turned out to be a post that drew more comments than most. I’m not sure why. I thought it was a little silly, especially the part about kissing a lemur, until I realized I’d done quite a few things, except kiss a lemur. Maybe we need to take a silly inventory once in awhile just because–because . . . Couple of things I’d...

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