Of Female Pilots, Peace and Being Seen (continued from … Of Trimester Grades, My Grandmother and Time) …

Being a stay-at-home mother I receive no salary for the work I do.

Ask anyone about the task and art of mothering and they will most probably say, “Hardest job in the world? Mothers work incredibly hard. They are the backbone of society.”

One man on an airplane piloted by a female pilot went


Of Blessings, Christmas, and Du’a’s of Gratitude…

Today I read a guest post by Joy Kay, Holiday Relief in the Midst of Grief, at the blog Our Stories Gods Glory , describing the joy and challenge she is presently experiencing during this Holiday Season as the first since her mother died last spring.

As I read Kay’s moving essay it struck me how this is the first time in a long while that I am enjoying the Christmas Season.

In fact I have never experienced this type of peace and comfort as I am now.

As a child Christmastime brought a hustle and bustle, that though filled with excitement, I now, nearly 40 years later, realize


Of Vipassana, The Trauma of Birth, and Swords of Healing…

Buddhist teacher and vipassana meditation teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, once said, “To bring about peace we [human individuals] must learn to live with peace.”

Agamemnon, brother of Menelaus and wife of Clytemnestra, declares in Homer’s Iliad, “Peace is for the women, and the weak. Empires are forged by war.”

While Clytemnestra’s role is unclear in Homer’s Odyssey, according to the Iliad, Agamemnon dies at the hands of wife when,


The Genuine, Truth and Liberation..

There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.–
Howard Thurman, African American mystic
So much of what we do as writers extends from, if not flows out of the voice of our genuine and authentic self. The genuine of which Thurman speaks holds both the key to what we write, and our ability and commitment to writing the words of our hearts as delivered to us through the various dimensions of life that channel into and through us.
At a time when so much about and within our society seeks to silence the genuine, what is honest, unfettered and pure, writers of today stand upon the threshold of a new day. It is a dawning, not unlike times and past eras where old paradigms shifted and some fell in the wake of new ones arising.


Of Avataric Moments, Desire, and Change

Symbols link yearning and desire with the change and transformation required for the central character to achieve her or his goal. To the extent that you can attach a physical object to the goal your central character fights to attain, the more you solidify, in the mind of the reader, the experience of your protagonist […]


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