Why You Creating Stuff Matters

Sometimes I wonder why I write this blog, why I lead writing retreats, why I’m spending time every day writing my new project. I regularly wonder, “Why are you doing this when the world is dying?!” (By dying I mean climate change.) “People are starving. Girls are being turned into sex slaves. Do something!” This […]

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Navigate Your Life: Anna Guest-Jelley

I first met Anna when she did a coaching session with me and I told her “You can have an empire, if you want.” (She liked that.) Then Anna came to my Taos writing retreat two years ago. Over the week, I fell for her hard – she’s wicked smart, deeply observant, totally humble, and […]

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The Power of Being Stubborn

Writing has been my professional path since 1985. That path is made up of a variety of forms: my first job was writing book reviews for a big Hollywood agency and then I went on to write a far number of unsold screenplays and one produced TV episode; a smattering of short stories, essays, and two […]

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Savoring & Serving in October

Last night 500 kids (we had less this year) showed up at our house: a dozen varieties of various Disney princesses, a peck of pirates, a mob of zombies, a few headless football players, and one large box of popcorn. Our little neighborhood is one of the few on our island with sidewalks and so […]

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Why ‘perfect life’ narratives can make you feel like poo

I found myself muttering at my i-Pad this weekend when one of those “perfect life” narratives popped into my Facebook feed. You know, the kind where somebody shows you their perfect life and then suggests that you too can have the same “pinch me” life if you just buy their $2,000 program by midnight tonight. […]

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Your Pelvic Floor is Not Your Neck

I’ve been unwinding a complex body issue for the last six years. It’s a weird, twisted pattern that involves my whole body, causes me a fair amount of pain, and often stops me from doing a lot of what I love to do. Honestly, it’s been kinda of awful. Not cancer awful, not can’t walk […]

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Navigate Your Life: Christina Rasmussen

I love the work that Christina Rasmussen is doing to change the way we live after loss. I’m so curious about how we handle grief and so happy people like Christina are changing our stories and teaching us new skills. She’s the founder of Second Firsts and the author of Second Firsts: Live, Laugh and […]

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High Beams, Heckling & No Tidy Takeaway

All my life I’ve been goofy, loud, and throwing myself into risky creative endeavors without a whole lot of planning. I’m like, “Let’s put on a show!” This has led to me writing a bunch of books and creating a ton of stuff – and it has led to a ton of embarrassing failures. Like […]

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