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Faith is a commodity we always feel is lacking. Who among us feels he has “enough” faith? And yet, we all do. It takes faith to establish an atmosphere where our creativity can flourish. Take pen in hand and list five occasions in which you have demonstrated persistence. For example: 1. I went back to […]


I have been warned that artists’ autobiographies are self-serving, but I’ve seldom found them this way. Artists tend to be truthful where art is concerned. I am thinking now of a favorite book of mine, Musical Stages by Richard Rodgers. From this book we learn that although he fought both depression and cancer, Rodgers strove to […]

Week 4: The Next Right Action

The “next right action” is always within our grasp… although it is often so small that we may overlook it. What is a tiny action you can take, today, toward your creative dream? It may be as simple as unpacking your painting supplies, calling the friend who had a recommendation for a voice teacher, making […]

Lost and Found

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” –Martha Graham To refuse the […]

Week 1: Doing it Perfectly

Fill in the following sentence ten times: If I didn’t have to do it perfectly, I’d try…

A Writer’s Place

Place is the most pivotal fact of connection. The attention to detail and precision, the ability to be specific, the willingness to offer context–all of these make for writing that welcomes connection with a reader. And connection with the writer. By identifying and branding our experience, with exactness and with truth, we claim it as […]

It’s Raining Outside

The other day I was teaching my class in Santa Fe. It is an ongoing, twelve-week class, and over the course of the three months, I get to know my students well. One man in the front row had consistently talked about how the benefits of walking had helped him immensely. As the course progressed, […]