At the end of the Spring 2020 semester, the most challenging in my entire teaching life, an student wrote in her final reflection, “I learned that what I was thinking was true about good writing is actually good practice!” I had to laugh, because she managed to condense my entire teaching philosophy into a single sentence, a sentence I would never have come up with on my own.

Ultimately, practice is at the heart of my life, whether I’m preparing lesson plans, doing a poetry exercise, learning to identify bird calls, writing to my elected officials, cooking dinner, or sitting in meditation. This site is not just a place to share my work; it’s a space to continue exploring and examing the relationship between creativity, activisim, and practice. I hope you enjoy.

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The Best of It: Civic Duty Edition

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The Best of It: Midweek Edition

The stovetop mushroom lasagna recipe in the new issue of Bon Appetit Playing fetch/tug with Astrid in the yard A fruitful three-hour work session with my memoir group this morning Turning old Chianti bottles into candleholders I’ve been making my own variation winter market salad for over six years now, and it remains one ofContinue reading “The Best of It: Midweek Edition”

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Carol Dorf, winner of my inaugural monthly poetry contest! She won a $25 gift card to East Bay Booksellers. Yes, inaugural winner, because this was so much fun that I’m going to run it again! Details in early November. For now, please enjoy Carol’s winning poem! At this Resolution How do ants avoidContinue reading “We have a winner!”

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