If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell


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“[Writing is] like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  E.L. Doctorow

My new mantra. Anne Lamott said faith is like this too.




Perhaps some day I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.”                                        Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


Taking Responsibility

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The journey to happiness involves finding the courage to go down into ourselves
and take responsibility for what’s there: all of it.   Richard Rohr
What will I learn today as I sit still long enough to listen?

Rule of Love

Anne Lamott’s newest book, Hallelujah Anyway, quotes Mark Yaconelli,.

“Anything that leaves you more fearful, more isolated, more disconnected from other people, more full of judgment or self-hatred, is not of God, does not follow the Rule of Love–and you should stop doing it.”

I like that. A lot.

Can I keep this quote in front of me, to call upon when I slip into habits that lead me away from the Rule of Love?


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Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.     Natalie Goldberg

Today I listened to my breath. I am here. How do you reconnect?

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”     Anne Lamott

I get to hear her in person next week at a convocation entitled The Power of Story. So excited. I was first introduced to her in her book Bird by Bird.



Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks- -we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.     Parker J. Palmer

Our path of authentic service in the world…

Listening to Learn

Learning to Listen

Listening for Lessons

A Teacher and her Writing Practice

Writing Is My Drink

slake your thirst; find your voice


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