A Moment of Surrender

“There is no controlling life. Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado. Dam a 
stream and it will create a new
channel. Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet. Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground. The only safety lies in letting it all in—the wild and the weak; fear, fantasies, failures and success. When loss rips off the doors of the heart, or sadness veils your vision with despair, practice 
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your 
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes.” -- Danna Faulds

Tell me about a time you gave up control and surrendered.

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A Book With An Audience of One

I have spent the last three months creating a book to honor my mother for her 85th birthday. I began by emailing our whole extended family, reaching out to my mother's old and new friends, to anyone who had been connected to her through her long life spent acting, storytelling, folk dancing, traveling and always being a "people person." I asked people to send me a photograph of themselves, as well as any photos they had of her. And as the responses came in, the project grew and grew and grew until I had to create two volumes-one filled of family history and family memories and the other, focused on her ... [Continue Reading]

Following the Senses

“The beginning of human knowledge is through the senses, and the fiction writer begins where human perception begins.  He appeals through the senses, and you cannot appeal through the senses with abstraction.” --Flannery O’Connor, Mysteries and Manners

Describe a morning in your life primarily through your sense of smell. Repeat, describing the same morning, primarily through your sense of hearing. Repeat again, using your sense of touch and the tactile world as the point of view.

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Marketing Your Business as a Self-Employed Entrepreneur, Part II


This is the second in a four-part series on how to market your business as a self-employed entrepreneur. The first article, "Selling is Not a Dirty Word," can be accessed here.


* Advertising and marketing are not the same. When I talk about marketing, I'm talking about everything that promotes my business and gets my name out in my target community. Advertising is when I pay someone to place a specific ad about my business-as an underwriter on my local public radio station, in a display or classified ad in ... [Continue Reading]

What Grief Affirms

"Though we encounter it as suffering, grief is in fact an affirmation. The indifferent do not grieve, the uncommitted do not grieve, the loveless do not grieve. We mourn only the loss of what we have loved and what we have valued, and in this way mourning darkly refreshes our knowledge of the causes of our loves and the reasons for our values. Our sorrow restores us to the splendors of our connectedness to people and to principles. It is the yes of a broken heart." --Leon Wieseltier

Tell me about your grief from the perspective of your love.

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