You might want to pick one of these objects and write about it.

The other night I read my husband a piece by Daniel Jones, the NY Times Modern Love editor.

We had a good laugh and then my guy said: “Are you telling me to shave my head?”

“Well, no,” I said. “I just like the essay.”

Yesterday he shaved his head. “I’m tired of seeing that U-shape of white hair,” he said. “What do you think?”

I hesitated.

“Uh, you don’t like it. That pause said everything.”

I shrugged. “It’s okay, really. I like it.”

When I met him, all those years ago, he had amazing curly thick hair–brown with natural blond highlights and traces of gray around the temples.

What we did to try to save that hair–the sticky ointments, massages, careful cuts.

Writing Prompt — Never Too Late

June 28, 2014

I saw this poster in a store window and thought. Correct: It’s never too late. Even the act of writing about childhood gives it color. So let’s write about our childhoods and lets think about writing in COLOR.

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Visual Writing Prompt — Eating Out

June 28, 2014

List of 10 on eating out: 1. I have this thing about lunching out–I’m bad at it. Don’t like dinner out either. And I don’t do breakfast. 2. “No wonder I never got the jobs,” my friend Mary told me the other night–at a reception, not a dinner. “I ordered the wrong food at those […]

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Bringing my Blog Home

June 27, 2014

Work in progress: new blog posts will appear here

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Farther Along Debut: What a Great Night

August 13, 2012

We had an amazing launch party for Farther Along on Friday, August 10 at the Community Arts Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Over 300 folks showed up and we sold close to 200 books. I talked about the book––we’re calling it a memoir with a mission––and several of the women read. Pictured below are some of […]

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The Powerful Narrative Workshop – Such a Super Time

October 18, 2011

Bill and I are back from our annual Powerful Narrative Workshop, at Wildacres Retreat Center, in the stunning Blue Ridge mountains. This was our third straight year at Wildacres, and we were fortunate to have what’s probably our best group yet. The four days of the workshop passed as one continual high, with “aha” moments […]

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Summer Writing Camp

August 10, 2011

I continue to write once a month with the WriteGirls. Last summer I led, for the second year, a two-week day camp for the girls, one I think I would have enjoyed much more than the overnight camp I attended at age 12. At that Y camp, I had to be rescued during the swim […]

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At Meredith College – Mining for Gold: Journaling into a Deeper Life

June 13, 2011

Keeping a journal is perhaps the most productive of all methods for reconsidering the world, preserving our experiences, exploring our deepest selves, and developing our writing skills. I’ll be teaching my 5-day workshop, “Mining for Gold,” at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC again in 2012. The workshop is part of the Meredith Summer Institute for […]

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Magic in the Garden

June 10, 2011

June 8, 2011 I bit into the apple and spit two hard black dots into my small palm. “What are these?” I asked my father. He told me they were seeds and that we could plant them and they would grow into apple trees. We dug two little holes by the back door and dropped […]

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