A Riff On Clutter

This is a riff on clutter. There is nothing minimalist about my study. Books everywhere. I’ve run out of shelving space so now they sit on the never-used heating unit, on the floor, on the bed. I went through a teddy-bear thing years ago and began a collection, then...

A Writing Life

This week, I received a wonderful email from a friend asking me how I started as a writer and how I sustain my writing life. What works for you? she asked. Or doesn’t? What keeps you going? Is there an inner force guiding you, leading you, or pushing you? These and...

Doing It With Your Dog: Meditation Made Easy

Meditation is as easy as breathing. Hold on to that sentence forever. You don’t need a private guru or a six-week workshop, or a personalized mantra that costs a small fortune. Trust me, the less you try, the easier it is. Much the same as writing. If I meditate...

Buddy Franklin, Secrets & Love

I am a little in love with Buddy Franklin. On TV I watch him playing for the Swans, his magnificent body and little-boy face. I love the way he marks the ball with his wondrous flying reach—he is a Nureyev, a Nijinsky, leaping across his football stage. I love the way...

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