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About Jen Violi (26 Articles)
Jen Violi is the author of Putting Makeup on Dead People, a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, and finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. As a mentor, editor, and facilitator, Jen helps writers unleash the stories they’re meant to tell, from blogs to websites to award winning books. With advanced degrees in creative writing and theology and certification in the Gateless method, for twenty years Jen has facilitated retreats and workshops and mentored and nurtured hundreds of writers as they find their voices, hone their manuscripts, and take creative dives and leaps. Jen’s writing has been featured here in Sweatpants & Coffee, Lady/Liberty/Lit, Nailed Magazine, Mookychick, The Baltimore Review, Annapurna Living and more. Find sanctuary for your story at jenvioli.com and www.patreon.com/jenvioli
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5 Thoughtful Homemade Gifts

December 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Some years, I think ahead and buy little treats all throughout the year so that come December I’m exquisitely, serenely ready with holiday gifts for all the people I love. [...]

For Here, Please | Bring Out Your Dead: A Simple Ritual for You

October 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

I find this a simple and brilliant combo, one we can take a cue from as we turn our awareness to ghosts, saints, or souls in these last days of October and first days of November. Whether we celebrate the Day of the Dead, Samhain, All Saints Day or All Hallows Eve. The combo is this: being mindful of death and being fully alive. And that combo is your FHP activity for this week, should you choose to accept it. [...]

Taste Your Life : Bread, Wine, Chocolate

December 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Maybe I just needed the words close to me. Bread. Wine. Chocolate. Slow. Loss. Food. Love. All words that speak to my heart. Words that I dance and sometimes wrestle with in [...]

Personal Essay | My Hip Is Not Edgy

September 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

Most of all, this is about playful attention, and how it can bring us back to ourselves. And we’ll get there. First, a confession. The last few weeks I’ve been cruel to [...]

The Lion, the Wild, and the Woman

August 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

When I was little, one of my favorite stories was C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I enjoyed all of the creatures in it—humans and forest animals and [...]
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