Notes From the Toolbox

Writing Tangents

Writing Tangents

In my early morning writing sessions words flow with urgent ease. Today was no different. Then Bam! I dropped my pen. I stopped writing because I caught myself veering into a tangent. Tangents happen. I’ve grown to love them. They often help me drop deeper into my...

Anything Can Happen

Anything Can Happen

Writing is momentum. When I allow my hand to run across the page— driven solely by what Natalie Goldberg calls Wild Mind— anything can happen. It’s why I show up. Why I’ve always shown up. The first to arrive and the last to leave because I couldn’t risk missing out....

QUICHOTTE, DON QUIXOTE and Me

QUICHOTTE, DON QUIXOTE and Me

“The death of Don Quixote felt like the extinction in all of us of a special kind of beautiful foolishness, an innocent grandeur, a thing for which the world had no place, but which one might call humanity.” Quichotte by Salman Rushdie is a delightful modern retelling...

Snow Queen

Snow Queen

This picture sits in the window above my writing desk, displayed in a glass frame of pressed wildflowers— my favorite. I love this little girl whose white blonde hair makes me think of Ice Palaces, Snow Queens and Magic. Her full-wattage smile— a celebration of how...