When you believe that you are above saying sorry. My daughter visits the show and shares some insights and anecdotes from her childhood. Courtney shares how my apologizing helped her know I valued and respected her--even in elementary school. #afrolatinashow #meditation #selfcare #forgiveness #apology #writerslife #peaceofmind #vibratinghigh https://youtu.be/FisZ3l8xP0U PART II When you believe that you… Continue reading Too Big to Apologize ~ Ep. 293
What Am I Here To Do?
In today’s episode I am reflecting on: What am I here to do? I have been asked by hundreds of college students; “How do you know you are on the right path--that what I am doing is my passion?” How would you feel if you never got to do it? How would you feel… Continue reading What Am I Here To Do?
A Place of My Own
In this episode I share how I’ve been feeling around the question: What do you do when your space isn’t conducive to creating? How do we feel when we do not focus on the thing we love? Today I am reflecting on trying to find space in a world that feels like we are running… Continue reading A Place of My Own
Things Will Unstitch Us…
Excerpts from Chris Abani's Ted Talk on Humanity: "This woman -- during the Biafran war, we were caught in the war. It was my mother with five little children. It takes her one year, through refugee camp after refugee camp, to make her way to an airstrip where we can fly out of the country.… Continue reading Things Will Unstitch Us…
What makes life worthwhile?
"I'm always trying to write about the most important things that people do. The places in their lives where they feel the greatest stress, the places where they feel the greatest passion and how they deal with those things and how they survive them and make their lives go on. Being in love with somebody… Continue reading What makes life worthwhile?
The Value of a Great Story!
"I value story above all else. I'm talking about my written work-in the movies I value the images-but in the books I value the story. The story has its own meaning. A story has its own significance. And sometimes the characters in that story can almost become transparent. This is true in fairytales, for instance.… Continue reading The Value of a Great Story!
Balancing Vulnerability with Transformation
"African narratives in the West, they proliferate. I really don't care anymore. I'm more interested in the stories we tell about ourselves -- how as a writer, I find that African writers have always been the curators of our humanity on this continent. The question is, how do I balance narratives that are wonderful with… Continue reading Balancing Vulnerability with Transformation
Literature is a Gift from the Writer
"I don't like thinking that what I write comes from or is synonymous to a dream. I've heard writers speaking about novels as being extended dreams. I don't like that because dreams, to me, mean selfish gestures. I like the other notion that literature is a GIFT from the WRITER to the reader." ~ Richard… Continue reading Literature is a Gift from the Writer
When the words in a dream are loud
"So much of what we do in those hours when we're actually making sentences, inventing characters and feeling our way through the threads of a plot, is hunch and feel-half unconscious and somewhat autohypnotic. Those rituals of getting ready to write seem to conduce a kind of trance state. ...I am a poet of awareness… Continue reading When the words in a dream are loud
The Writing Midwife
In the Writing from the Womb workshop I work closely with writers at all levels who have chosen me as their “Writing Midwife” to walk with them on this incredibly lonely journey that is the writers life. Over the years, Writing from the Womb has grown into the most sacred model of what it means to… Continue reading The Writing Midwife