And then she said: “Isn’t Women At Woodstock just sitting around singing Kumbaya?”

I was hunched over my laptop at Starbucks at the only table available – right next to the sugar/creamer/napkin stand. I’d been driven out of my house by another neighborhood power outage – third time this month – and while I appreciated the electric company’s many advance warnings (automated phone calls and a postcard in the mail: “There will be[…]

anoek va praag


Anoek van Praag – Guest Blogger Today I was having morning coffee in the neighborhood with some friends when the subject of body/mind illness came up. I am always surprised when folks talk about body/mind only – where is the soul? Or the heart? Or the subconscious? It is still amazing to me that most people are so[…]

Linda Lowen

Don’t Do What I Did: Making the Most of Media Opportunities

Linda Lowen – Guest Blogger In the 1950 noir classic Sunset Boulevard, all-but-forgotten silent movie star Norma Desmond anticipates a comeback and prepares for the moment the cameras are on her. That premise gave actress Gloria Swanson one of the best lines ever uttered on film: “All right, Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my[…]

Anne Perry


Anne Perry – Guest Blogger ‘Ripped from the Headlines’ sounds rather visceral, doesn’t it?  But isn’t that what stories should be?  Full of brains, heart and guts!  But where to get the core of the idea to start with? The ‘news’ is full of them.  All you need is the seed, just the very beginning.  We[…]

Read This Letter From a Woman Who Experienced “In Discussion”

Victoria Zackheim shared this with me – a letter she received after she and Anne Perry performed their event “In Discussion” at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC) a while ago. Victoria and Anne will be bringing “In Discussion” to the opening night at each of our retreats this October. The letter: I didn’t take notes,[…]