Fits and Starts

Writing, like my other creative projects, is coming in fits and starts, but I am happy to say that yesterday morning I have shifted from notes mode to writing the first draft of my screenplay “The Curious Tale of Abimelech Jones“.   The start of the project also coincides with Em learning to sleep in a Read More …

Story of the Week – Wk 7

As I prepare to write the first draft of larger pieces like screenplays, I like to first spend time with the characters observing who they are, where they came from, and how and why they react to conflict and other characters in their world.    Josephine is one such character and a mentor figure in a screenplay I Read More …

Lessons on Falling

The most difficult thing for me to witness as a parent is my Em taking a tumble, let alone tumbling down playground equipment.  Yep, happened on Sunday.  Yep, happened as soon as I gave her some breathing room and stopped hovering at the “Gitta” (her name for the playground).  She was climbing up the ladder apparatus in Read More …

Thankfulness

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to those of you who have reached out to me privately by email when I “launched” this blog.  A few day’s ago in Dante’s Prayer, I wrote about the isolation of the writer.  Your kind words and encouragement or the comments you post here help Read More …

Epiphanies on Truth and the Creative Parent

I have had two epiphanies in the last 24 hours: the first is that keeping a public journal (this blog) is part of my daily practice of learning to write more clearly and from a genuine place, and the second is that being a mother is a daily expression of creativity. And I cannot help Read More …

Unlocking the Inner Child

As dusk gives way to night on this my second day of a silent retreat, I am feeling blessed.  I have a renewed understanding of my role as a co-creator with The Creator.   I am staying in The Hermitage at the Franciscan Monastery and the quiet of this place (if you discount the constant police Read More …

On Striving at the “Day Job”

“Striving” is the word that comes to mind when I think back on conversations that I have had this week with several former employees.  Our conversations were coaching talks, catching up and just plain venting.  And, I sit on this side of my decision to leave my job and am relieved.  What is gone for Read More …

Back In The Saddle

Despite my best intentions to establish better patterns, life happens.  In my case, last weekend I had to pick up my husband early from a conference (luckily it was in Baltimore, not cross-country) when he came down with a fever, chills.  Turns out he had the flu.  My next concern was how to keep my Read More …

Forming Habits Without Goals

Today, to kick off the second quarter of the year, I am focusing on developing good habits in my “daily practice” (writing, exercise, and healthy eating) by not setting lofty goals that will require massive energy expenditures or will tell me that I am a failure if I do not achieve them on time or Read More …