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

I’m An Artist, So Pay Me, Maybe?

Adam Byatt recently posted a piece about artists getting paid (or not), in response to a piece written by an artist named Amanda, who was responding to a letter that was sent to her by an artist named Amy. Adam, Amanda, Amy... All artists. I'm thinking of changing my name to Arus (and it shall … Continue reading I’m An Artist, So Pay Me, Maybe?

Put Yourself First To Be Selfless

It sounds crazy, doesn't it? Put YOURSELF first to be selfLESS? Such a contradiction, right? I mean, it goes against everything that we've been taught. How HORRIBLE of you to think of yourself first! Do you realize how much more helpful you could be if you devoted more time to others? Instead of taking that … Continue reading Put Yourself First To Be Selfless

Why I Wrote — And Published — Cold Rock

I am a writer, photographer, educator, and speaker. But more than any of those things individually or together, I am a strong advocate for all of us to accept the challenges we face daily and do our best to live an inspiring and fulfilling life. I wrote and published Cold Rock because I believe in … Continue reading Why I Wrote — And Published — Cold Rock

JUST ANNOUNCED: ONLINE MEMOIR WRITING GROUP FORMED.

I have been interested in memoir writing all my life. I wrote my earliest pieces in sixth grade, thanks to a tremendous teacher, Jack Delaney, who introduced his students to the world of writing true stories about the experiences we had in our young, young lives. I graduated from Goucher College with a Master of … Continue reading JUST ANNOUNCED: ONLINE MEMOIR WRITING GROUP FORMED.

Traditional Publishing: Is It Still Possible?

Kyle, a 19-year-old writer enrolled in a BA creative writing program at a local university, posed the following query on Facebook: Alright, so my ultimate goal is to make a living and career out of writing and publishing books. I want to do it the traditional way of going through a literary agent who will … Continue reading Traditional Publishing: Is It Still Possible?