Keep the channel open

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will […]

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Dare to live differently

John Lennon Quote

Sometimes life has to get really, really uncomfortable before we are willing and motivated to make lasting change. Debt has to become an unbearable weight before we alter our spending habits. Corporate life has to become so soul-crushingly miserable that we are willing to give up the regular paycheck. The pressure of not acting on […]

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From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines.

–Walt Whitman, from “Song of the Open Road” Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

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‘Paris is always a good idea.’

In September of 1992, I landed in Douai, France, a teenage adventurer off to spend a year of high school as a foreign exchange student–a year that profoundly influenced my character, my perspective, and my ability to stay put for any length of time. In the two decades since that pivotal experience, I’ve visited some […]

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Author Sally Lloyd-Jones on storytelling

In my last post I mentioned frequently reading interviews with writers who share their creative insights and daily work process. The International Arts Movement recently featured author Sally Lloyd-Jones in an interview on her creative process and insights. Below are a few of my favorite nuggets. “For me it is key to keep things playful, […]

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Unfinished stories, shelved dreams, and the constant creative impulse

When I was a little girl–third grade maybe–I started writing my first “book,” called The Bubblegum Tree. The plot premise was a young girl and her younger brother discover a portal to an enchanted other world through a tree in their backyard that sprung up out of an accidentally planted piece of chewed bubblegum. I […]

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Hello, page fright

The fact that any blog finally launches, however feebly, after several years of pondering it and putting it off, is a testament that even the most deep-seated resistance can be overcome. But, oh, the crazy-making in the process! An empty blog, theme freshly uploaded, is just as frightening as any blank page or canvas. It […]

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