Tag Archives: writing
Posted on May 12th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

The Blank Page

By Dani Shapiro An excerpt from Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life Michelangelo saw a statue in every block of marble, “shaped and perfect in attitude and action”—an angel waiting to be released. The woodworker George Nakashima believed that when a true craftsman brought out the grain that had been imprisoned […]

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Posted on March 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Melting Writer’s Block

By Madelyn Kent “In Sense Writing, you follow the end of your pen, the tips of your fingers, the nerve endings in your body—the place where you end and the world begins is a fuzzy place full of possibility and story.” —Jean Rhode, Sense Writing student Often, the way we have been taught to learn […]

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Posted on February 26th, 2014 by in On and Off the Mat

Writing Without the Answers

by Laura Didyk For more than a year, I’ve been making lukewarm attempts to make progress on the memoir I’m writing, but a long list of “if onlys” have been standing squarely in my way. If only I had a place to write (my desk, which doubles as my kitchen table, is too high, and […]

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Posted on November 11th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

Putting Your Soul on the Page

This is my story in a nutshell: I grew up in the Midwest, the older of two children.  My mother was emotional; my father was dominant. She stayed home; he worked a lot. I was a strong student. I went to college in New York City, fell in love a couple of years after graduation, […]

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Posted on November 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

The Five Stages of the Creative Path

For a long time now, a handful of my close friends have been telling me that I should write a book. “You’re such a good storyteller, Portland,” my friend Molly frequently says. “You’ve got a book in you,” my friend Eden often reminds me. “I wish you’d write your stories down.” But I haven’t. I’ve […]

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Posted on October 10th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Right Livelihood and Vampires

I am a certified yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist, I’ve been meditating for 25 years, and I have countless new-agey weekend degrees. Still, somehow, five years ago, I found myself working not in a spa or ashram, not teaching yoga or giving massages, but writing vocabulary workbooks for the SAT test. These were […]

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Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

Climbing Mount Everest Page by Page: The Risks of the Writing Life

by Dani Shapiro As I write this, I’m somewhere between L.A. and New York, sitting next to my sleeping husband. It’s the first time ever that we’ve taken a flight together, without our son. We’ve each taken countless flights solo, and we’ve flown together as a family (the crazy thinking being that if we go down, […]

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Posted on July 17th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Gardening, Louis C.K., Howard Stern, and Living from Your True Self

I hate gardening. Don’t get me wrong; I love the idea of gardening. Truly. And I wish I was a gardener. I know that gardeners are better people than me. So I do try. Sometimes, on a Sunday, I join my wife and our boys in the back yard. I squat down among the carrot […]

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