writing

eating is a practice

September 27, 2013
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Eating is a practice. I get better. Then I get worse. I had a little dance with anorexia when I was 17. Some people put their eating disorder behind them. For others, it’s like being a sober alcoholic. You can’t stop eating. Each day you face that thing with which you struggle. I haven’t written […]

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thirsty? drink.

July 8, 2013
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I don’t drink enough water. Then I get a late afternoon headache. Nearly. Every. Day. I live near the desert where the air sucks moisture out of your pores like a vacuum that finds dust bunnies under a bed. I’ve tried little tricks. “Drink 3 glasses of water before noon.” I’ve set timers. Nothing worked […]

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getting empowered with yes and no

June 23, 2013
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“Yes” and “no” are two tiny words with a big kick. I sit on the teeter totter of these two words flying up and down on a daily basis. Sometimes I think I’m saying “yes” to taking a picture, and then I realize I’m using the picture to say “no” to experiencing the moment fully. […]

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stillness

June 16, 2013
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What do you resist about stillness? “Sit still,” is an admonishment I heard when I was little and wiggled in the pew at church. But then there are the phrases we’ve heard at countless funerals, “Lead me beside the still waters,” is that comforting or eery? What actually happens when you sit still? I fall […]

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alaska’s alsek river

July 3, 2011
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“Sometimes not writing is  a writing exercise.” –Margaret Reyes Dempsey I haven’t been writing much, and that is my altared space today. I’ve been doing those things writers do: living the details so I can write about them later and understand my life. Just now I am preparing for a trip down the Alsek River in […]

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