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Will You Let The Naked Animal Trumpet?

For seven months, I have been frozen in writer’s Siberia. As a coach, I talk to myself as though I am my client. I ask all the relevant questions. I explore and encourage and sometimes poke. I’ve even resorted to flagrant bribery. I have found it fascinating (and at times depressing) to watch myself as a friend might, stuck in an ice block while carrying in my right hand a basket of kindling and a lighter with adjustable flame.  Instead of striking the flint, I wrap my arms more tightly around myself and try not to think about the frost accumulating on my skin.  Read more

What Are You Hungry For?

Everything changed on September 11th.  A door slammed shut, and I couldn’t go back. None of us could.  It was a monstrous time; with lessons so huge a novel could barely address them.  A blog post seems pathetically unworthy, but it’s where this one started for me. I’m just following the story.

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Can you live life in Bras Bas?

My new home doesn’t meet. The cabinets don’t meet the walls. The walls don’t meet the floor. The floor doesn’t meet the foundation.  The locks on the doors don’t meet the spaces in the door frames. Like everything in Virginia, it’s old, which is part of its charm. But its shifting and settling has left narrow, disconcerting margins of air at the edges of every room. Read more

Are You Rearranging the Furniture on the Titanic?

Urgently fluffing the nautical throw pillows, shifting the groupings of crisp white deck chairs, desperately trying to get it right as the great ship sinks down into the cold, black night. Read more

Are You Willing To Ride a Wild Mustang?

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.  Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now,  because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Read more

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