Category: Journal

Modern Literature is nothing more than an Anti-Intellectual Word Salad

Modern Literature is nothing more than an Anti-Intellectual Word Salad

Originally published on The Writing Cooperative.  This week, two writers in my circle were preoccupied with the same question. Why does modern literature suck? As far as I know, these two writers do not know each other. They are in similar political circles (right leaning, conservative) but different creative circles, which made the coincidence of their common interest even more...Read More
The Art of Finishing Things, A Meditation on Writing and the Paintings of Lia Porto

The Art of Finishing Things, A Meditation on Writing and the Paintings of Lia Porto

There is no art in things left unfinished. There is no value in the incomplete. There is nothing meaningful in the unresolved. There are many things in the unfinished that can be admired: hope, inspiration, creativity, passion, indifference and ideas but not art. Art happens at the finish line. Art is where inspiration meets discipline, where passion meets fortitude, where...Read More
Nicknames, You Called Me What?

Nicknames, You Called Me What?

Nicknames belie a certain intimacy. They are gifted by someone who knows us or knew us in a way others didn’t. Then this bit of history carries on, sometimes long after the giver is gone. The name spreads to others without the history or the intimacy, giving strangers, acquaintances, new friends the impression they know you better than they do....Read More
A Case for The Arts

A Case for The Arts

I read a lot about the benefits of a STEM education. There is a lot of negativity about studying the arts. In a world where making money, having power and gaining status are valued above all else, the arts, appreciation of the arts and creative expression are getting a bad reputation. It’s true, the arts are not great ways to...Read More
Living The Dream

Living The Dream

We were talking about the trap. We were talking about the world, society, life, passion, dreams. Easy conversations for us. Topical subject because of the stress I’ve been feeling. We were slowing things down, in conversation by talking about big, intangible things and ides. We were talking about living the dream. We all have a different dream. We all want...Read More
Shit Testing. It’s What We Do

Shit Testing. It’s What We Do

There is not a woman in existence who doesn't shit test. It's part of our make up. We are rarely aware, in the midst of a shit test, that we are doing it. It's organic.  I believe this comes from a woman's deep need for security.  Due to our natural and biological vulnerabilities we seek protection and security.  Shit tests come...Read More
Go Forth: A Journey South by Goldmund (Book Review)

Go Forth: A Journey South by Goldmund (Book Review)

Go Forth: A Journey South by Goldmund is a quick and dirty book about his travels to Oaxaca Mexico to "see the beautiful sights and enjoy the beautiful women." His trip, and the book, do not disappoint as he achieves both. Goldmund's narrative style is simple and straightforward with impeccable timing when highlighting the irony in female behavior.  His style...Read More