An Artist’s Prayer

O Great Creator, We are gathered together in your name That we may be of greater service to you And to our fellows. We offer ourselves to you as instruments. We open ourselves to your creativity in our lives. We surrender to you our old ideas. We welcome your new and more expansive ideas. We … Continue reading An Artist’s Prayer

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A Conversation with Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert

One of the (many) perks of living in Nashville is the frequent opportunity to connect with the literary world in general and some of my favorite writers in particular. Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in on a conversation between Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert at the Nashville Public Library Literary Award Public Lecture … Continue reading A Conversation with Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert

This word is changing lives. This word will change the world.

What is the #1, fundamental, foundational human need, more important than food, water, oxygen or even safety? Identity. Identity? Identity: Do I exist?  Do I matter? Do I have value? Am I good enough? Who am I? I have been learning about identity since January. I see it everywhere now. I see it in every book, … Continue reading This word is changing lives. This word will change the world.

And then there were two, A Love Story.

The moon. Huge. Orange. Bright. Close. It looks like you could reach up and touch it, she says. They drive south. East. She reads aloud. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Robert Pirsig's Chautauqua fills their ears, makes her laugh, makes them wonder. The ridge. A black wall looming over them. Another turn and … Continue reading And then there were two, A Love Story.