Answering The Call To Adventure: Part 1. Discovering The Writer Within

A few days ago, a close friend passed away rather suddenly. I think the shock of her death gripped many of us in those first hours, where we didn’t know exactly how to react. We searched for meaning, we tried to make sense of the fact that she was here in one moment, and gone … Continue reading Answering The Call To Adventure: Part 1. Discovering The Writer Within

Our Need To Endure

Yesterday afternoon, I spent a good hour at my local library researching topics that interest me greatly: spirituality, love, peace, and writing. You see, I've had some pretty good plans lately for new publications. Most of them center on improving your life through mindfulness and spirituality, using writing as a vehicle to living a more … Continue reading Our Need To Endure

An Open Letter To God: Are You There?

Dear God: Are You there? Lately I have been wondering, as a few things have happened around our world that makes me question what's really going on. Well, I guess it is a combination of things. I mean, bad stuff happens all the time. No real change there. The change is in us, and the … Continue reading An Open Letter To God: Are You There?

Neil Gaiman and Making Good Art

Mark, a friend and fellow artist and educator, walked in to my classroom yesterday, just before noon. I was talking with Andrew, an alum from '05 who is a fascinating individual and filmmaker. "Make good art," is what Mark said. He stood there, smiled, and said it again. "Make good art." Andrew and I looked … Continue reading Neil Gaiman and Making Good Art

Five Non-Writing Strategies To Strengthen Your Stories

Creating stories -- regardless of the genre -- is all about making it real for your readers. They need to buy in to what you have created. If they don't, then your credibility is shot, your readers will stop buying your books, and you can forget about establishing any kind of relationship with a reader … Continue reading Five Non-Writing Strategies To Strengthen Your Stories

Mindfulness in Schools: Empowering Students For Success

As we get ready to head back to school for the new academic year, I am aware of a movement that is sweeping across the country to make students and educators more mindful of their learning and their teaching. It is flying right in the face of high-stakes testing and assessment, but is it really … Continue reading Mindfulness in Schools: Empowering Students For Success

Mindfulness in the Heart of Baltimore

  I don't know if you have ever read or seen Ambrose Bierce's "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," but yesterday, walking mindfully through Baltimore on my way to a photo shoot for my new gig writing for our local paper, I had one of those "occurrences" in everything that I saw, heard, and felt. If … Continue reading Mindfulness in the Heart of Baltimore

On Being Creative: Living A Mindful and Inspired Life

I have been in this cafe for a little over an hour, writing in my Daybook to the ambient sounds of chatter, the clanging of dishes, all blended with the meditative, hollow sounds of Deuter playing his bamboo flute. On these pages, I have written about singular moments I experienced decades ago along the marshy … Continue reading On Being Creative: Living A Mindful and Inspired Life

A Tale of Two Interviews: Defining Moments for Jude and EL as Piper’s Reach Nears Its End

Earlier today, I had the time to catch up on the recent letters posted at Postmarked: Piper's Reach. Many things struck me as I found myself once again lost in the world of EL and Jude, but one thing remained with me throughout the day: The Interviews. For Jude, the interview is with Rebecca (Jude’s … Continue reading A Tale of Two Interviews: Defining Moments for Jude and EL as Piper’s Reach Nears Its End