Posts in Self Portrait
How do you know she is a witch?

Now I have this new word: witch. For me, “witch” conjures an image of a woman with creative powers, a woman who exercises those powers even at personal risk. Though she is so different from my image of “writer,” I feel drawn to her as well, and the sensation is not a drawing outward, but a drawing inward, a rooting. 

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Man on a Boat

What would I say and what would I do if I could go back to those moments and speak boldly from my own human heart rather than reacting from a place of fear where I believed I would fail unless I was “doing as well as the boys” or “being one of the guys.”

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Diving Heart First

Six months ago, I quit my job. I didn’t know what I was doing, but an inner force animated my lips to form the words “I’m leaving,” as I sat in my boss’ office one day.

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A very Maple Christmas

With our cat, things are different. She’s stuck with me almost every day of the year except for Christmas.

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What I learned by posing like Amy Schumer

As I began to mimic your pose, a sensation of strength and power arose in my body. It’s like how shaping your mouth into a smile releases endorphins even if you’re sad. I realized, to get the right effect, my foot couldn’t just rest on the stack of wood, it had to stomp directly on top of it. The position of the coffee cup had to look as though I had just taken a sip, because it had to appear as if I was so confident in my skivvies I was relaxed enough to enjoy a latte.

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