It seems that most people I’ve met who say they are no good at drawing, usually admit to having been told this by a teacher at school when they were very young. It’s a shame we tend to grow up fulfilling other’s expectations of our abilities, or comparing ourselves to others, usually to our own…
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When I Wasn’t A Writer

I have wanted to tell this story for ages, but was never able to fit it into my memoir. I made a pencil sketch of it back in 2008 because it was preying on me so much,The sketch says it all. Two children stand before a closed door. The…

The Art Of Coaching A Writer

There is magic in seeing another writer finish their book, knowing you had something to do with it. It’s like being a mid-wife, or taking your team to the winner’s circle. It’s the kind of service like no other, knowing you had a part in…

“Writing Your Life Makes It Real”

Is it possible to weave a story of pain and despair into something beautiful, capable of inspiring others? The answer is Yes, if we are brave and open enough to change our perspective. Our angle of vision. Our perception.  What’s done is…

“Memoir as Soul Work”

All art is expression. All expression is a way of putting it “out there.” As soon as we put it out there it’s no longer inside us, or merely inside us. It has been expressed outwardly. So we can now hear it, feel it, see it, touch it…

The Importance of Art

The arts take us to another plane of experience. Art itself is another level. It’s the imaginary plane, the visionary plane, the plane of picturing, of pretending, of making believe. It begins with the feeling of being invited into…

The Story Bridge

Years ago I had a shrink who told me to imagine a bridge. Okay, I said. He wanted me to see myself in the present on one side. Okay. Next, on the other side of the bridge, I was to see myself in the future. Okay. So I closed my eyes and I…

The Wound is a Gateway

The wound is a gateway if you allow it to be. This is how I found my gateway.... [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BZDIhZB8E0&w=480&h=360] One day about nine years after my 'terrible thing' happened, I…

Why Create ART?

Because we happened to move to New York City, and because my mother, who was from a small city in Central Illinois, was hungry for art and culture, I was exposed to the great museums when I was quite young. I can remember seeing Van Gogh…

Meaningful Encounters

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, is the day for meaningful encounters on Blog Talk Radio with Inspirational Storytellers ~ LINK I will be reading a radio play with my cohost Gary Moore called Mr. Woundid and Ms. Heeler at the Starbucks Cafe,…

Sparks Igniting One Another

At the beginning of my radio shows on Inspirational Storytellers I introduce the guest as a spark, setting up the idea right away that we are going to spark each other. The last few days I’ve been seeing how I spark myself. 1→…

Meet George

This was my painterly impression of “George” in 1984. This is the cover of my new mini-ebook Sacred Wound published on March 12, 2013. Thirty-six years later, “George” gets a banner across his chest. Let me tell you about…

“On Being Inspired”

When I’m inspired, it’s like being in a whorl of surging energy. I’m focused and centered on what I’m doing. I’m totally absorbed in the moment. I’m not “thinking,” I’m doing. And if my “doing” is a thought process, then the…