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From Tinder to Tender

From Tinder to Tender

Last week I sent a letter to 25 of my posse asking them to help me find a sweetheart. I thought of it like a barn raising, like something I had to reach out into my community to get help for, something I couldn’t do entirely alone. I’d been on the dating sites off and...

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Jupiter and Venus

Jupiter and Venus

Jupiter and Venus A few weeks ago I read that if I got up before sunrise on the following Tuesday morning I’d be able to see Venus snuggling up close to Jupiter in the sky. Two bright orbs winking at each other – something that hadn’t happened in a long time and...

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The Ancient Medicine of Me and You

The Ancient Medicine of Me and You

Every day for the last week and a half the Bay Area has woken up to the smell of smoke – an instant reminder that the North Bay is still burning, and that the lives of many of our Northern neighbors have been completely altered. At last count, 40 people had died,...

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Call your mother…

Call your mother…

Friends, artists, activists, writers, and lovers of everything beautiful, Our world is spinning off its axis. We lost Tom Petty, Las Vegas is reeling, Puerto Rico is still waiting, Florida and Mexico are recovering. Not to mention all the people we love who are sick,...

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More Lonely Than Ever

More Lonely Than Ever

Last Friday morning my Mother emailed me and said, “I heard that Hawaii is gearing up for a nuclear attack. Do you know anything about this?” An hour later I read on my newsfeed that a rogue planet called Nibiru is on a collision course with the earth and everything...

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The Flunky Brilliance of Opening the Kimono

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 don’t like...

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Dumb Beauty

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...

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Do People Know They’re Alive?

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...

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Brave Little Fish Swims Into New Waters

Brave Little Fish Swims Into New Waters

“Oh mom, you’re going to be fine.”  That’s my 21-year-old responding to me this morning on Facetime when I told her that I was flipping out about my brand new 5-month Wild Writing Teacher Training, which starts in one week. “You got this,” she said, rolling her eyes,...

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