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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. [...]

Entertain The Present | For Here, Please

February 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’m running late but actually walking, on my way to meet Nancy and Kim for one of our writing sanctuary days. The sun warming my nose mitigates the distress in my heart [...]

Take Your Write-amins: Unshackle Your Voice

September 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. If you’re too much—bold, loud, opinionated, emotional—they won’t like you. Wait for permission. Be a [...]

Please Don’t Suck It Up

April 28, 2014 // 5 Comments

Here’s a confession, with a bonus realization: I’m really good at “sucking it up,” and I don’t have to do that. So have I stopped sucking it up?  Not entirely.  [...]

For Here, Please

October 1, 2013 // 3 Comments

Although I do enjoy many things about “to go”—my grad school days of roaming about Mid-City in New Orleans with a delicious cocktail in a go-cup, or getting take-out [...]