Category: Beautiful Writing

Some of the better stuff.

What the Slippers Know

Oh my! Finally my slippers and I are getting the recognition they deserve! In this season of scandalous awards programs, I am HONORED to have been given this truly wonderful Stylish Blogger Award. For those of you who are new, you can see that my incredible fashion sense — from head to slipper — has…

The Company We Keep

Last week I received THREE emails in one day from friends and writers I had wanted to post here as guests. The first I put up yesterday: a raw, painful post called “Airline Food” by Zen Buddhist priest and author Karen Maezen Miller. Read it, if you dare. Tomorrow you will have access to the exclusive…

Blogging Tip: Serving the Meaning

As a writing specialist, I occasionally  tear my hair out reading bad blog posts. More often I just read and tweet about good ones though, because I’ve stopped reading the poorly written ones by the second sentence. But then I eventually write a “make your blog posts better” tip. Here’s one: Don’t ramble. A lot…

To Be of Use: Beyond Making Do

Here’s a tandem response today: integrating #Reverb10’s Day 13 prompt on “Action,” asking  “What’s your next step?” with my dovetailed thoughts to Tara’s question posed to us: “Why do you make?” (I am going to put aside for now the fact that when I nannied in 1989, the family used the word “make” as euphemism…

Details Are Forever

On Writing Beautifully: Another Part Writing lives through images which cut and scar us. We don’t remember wise pontifications. We remember bleach spilled on boiling pine boards. Good writing bruises us with its visions, then leaves its scent upon us when she departs. See (and feel) here… “Workers began to occupy the this particular flat-building…

Peace is the Word

On Setting Peace in Stone “Compassion is kindness. What we say or do in the name of compassion rarely is.” —from Karen Maezen Miller today, via TweetDeck. This weekend, I cleaned a closet. And felt like a minor superhero. I imagine what Jimmy Carter must feel like, in those moments of action, when he has…

Enter the Storm

I like to see people who write –all people who sit down and write, not just those who call themselves “writers” — to try to write beautifully and meaningfully. One of the writing concepts that I teach is this: Complicate the Metaphor To make writing more meaningful, we all need to back the f*ck away…

Weekends are for Lovers

You know that elbow Room? That place where you can go and lean against the wall and feel your chest cave completely against your backbone in utter perfect relief? You know that place? That place, where the tables are always half-full and yet no one ever seems to bother the one chair you love, the…

Shhh! I’m reading!

Found: Beautiful Writing Ooh, so yesterday’s post was so amazing because the replies came in with such wonderful responses and referrals. I haven’t gotten to look at ALL of them yet of course, but I am LURVE with this one “Today’s Letters”, referred to me by mac and cheese buddy, Stacy. I am a sucker…