June 30, 2018

I’m going through a George Harrison phase.

Lately I’ve been binge-reading books and watching movies about his life, his spirituality, and his music. George was always my favorite Beatle, but I never knew much about him that didn't come from teen magazines and bubblegum...

December 14, 2017

I remember the first time I encountered a Palomino Blackwing pencil. I went stupid with love.

Someone had handed out pencils to members of my church choir for marking our music. I looked down at the slim, black pencil in my hand and was instantly smitten with its esthet...

November 17, 2017

If you’re going to write an epic poem, you have to begin with an invocation to the Muse.

Homer, the first known Muse petitioner, was great at this. Calling on these goddesses of creative inspiration to assist him in writing his best material, he ended up with The Iliad...

March 15, 2017

Years ago, I belonged to a writer’s group. We had come together after a writing workshop based on the book “Writing Without Teachers,” by Peter Elbow. The book became my go-to inspiration for many years, with its process exercises, writer’s block solutions—and most of...

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