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  • The Flunky Brilliance of Opening the Kimono This may come as a surprise to people who know me and my work with the Wild Writing practice, where for the last 20 years I have taught people to write as poorly as possible and to release the parts of themselves that they use to impress others, but I ...
  • Dumb Beauty This morning I watched my 22-year-old daughter Ruby, and her 22-year-old boyfriend Anton, pull out of our yard, their car packed to the roof, as they headed out for their new life together in Seattle. They also had a surfboard tethered to the top of the car. Tethered with twine. ...
  • Do People Know They’re Alive? A few months ago I was hired to write with cancer patients at a hospital near my home. The woman who hired me brings artists, writers and musicians into the hospital to give patients some relief from what they’re going through, and an opportunity to channel this time in their ...

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