Writing My Book Helped Me Heal

I initially wrote “Design and Live the Life You Love: A Guide for Living in Your Power and Fulfilling Your Purpose” for myself. Writing it helped me heal in ways I didn’t know I would. It awakened my ability to write poetry and gave me the courage to merge my poetry with memoir and self-help tools that helped me. I …

Nature’s Answer

Quote of the Moment: “…the greatest treasure is not what I achieve; it’s who I am becoming.” — Jo Anna Shaw, Design & Live the Life YOU Love A few weeks ago some of my poetry friends were inspired to participate in an event called 100 Poets for Change”, which was initiated by a not for profit organization of the …

Bloomsbury Poetry Reading October 2014

In October 2014, I was part of the Rogue Valley Poetry Association’s poetry reading at Bloomsbury Bookstore in Ashland Oregon. It was my first poetry reading. As I viewed the video once again, I noticed that the last two poems I read – Riding Lesson and Twin Falls – are two poems that opened chapters, which I call Guideposts, in …

Your Voice is Important

This poem came as a result of taking a class from the Oregon Poet Laureate, Peter Sears late last year. After investing so much time editing my manuscript  I wanted to unlock my poetic voice and get back to playing with poetry. I reread this poem as well as my book when I meet with inner resistance to taking my …