18 March 2020
Nourish the body. Feed the soul.
Thinking on all the things that fed me these last few days. Yes, the meals shared with my son, but also my brother-man Eric in West Virginia, with his guitar, serenading the world with an Irish song, the silly memes my sister Adaire and I sent back and forth to each other, my young alum Katlyn and her friend selflessly working to collect donations for families and kids in need in quarantine, my current students excitedly discussing their short stories and poems in our online class, my friend Brigid writing a new comic who shared the pages with me, the sound of my friend Lynne’s laughter through the phone, my old dog sleeping on his purple pillow, my silly cat Moco biting my elbow because I was ignoring him, the humming of the bees across the burgeoning green in my yard, the multitude of good people out there doing good work teaching, sharing, cooking, donating–coping, all of them, in beautiful, humane, and community-minded ways.
So much, in the midst of this fear, to feed the soul.
Make art about one thing recently that fed your soul.
13 September 2019
I’m headed off to lead a workshop at the fabulous Porches Writers Retreat this weekend ❤
Make art about seeking refuge, about retreat.
10 September 2019
Make art about feeling that shift in the season.
8 September 2019
Make art about what frees you, about what makes you feel most free.
6 September 2019
Make art about the hurricane, literal or metaphorical, about evacuating, or choosing to ride out the storm, about standing in the eye of the storm.
25 August 2019
Make art about what’s irreplaceable, about losing what can never be regained.
How to help the Amazon rainforest
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and vital to combating climate change. In the aftermath of the wildfires, several organizations have stepped up to assist in aid or other ways to help save the Amazon. The following organizations have been rated 4 out of 5 stars by Charity Navigator, a non-profit that evaluates financial health, transparency and accountability in charities.
- Amazon Conservation Team fights climate change, protect the Amazon and empower indigenous peoples.
- Amazon Conservation Association accepts donations and lists exactly what your money goes toward –– whether it’s planting trees, sponsoring education, buying a solar panel and preserving indigenous lands.
- Donate to the Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. The organization has saved over 23 million acres and counting since 1988.
- The Rainforest Foundation is committed to making sure donations made reaches projects such as supporting environmental defenders, indigenous advocacy organizations and deforestation monitoring.
From “What You Can Do to Help the Burning Amazon Rainforest” —from CBS News
11 August 2019
Out of the rolling ocean the crowd came a drop gently to me/Whispering I love you…
Make art about the feeling that comes when seeing the ocean.