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.

Searching for Balance in Our Digital World (Part 1)

This is not a call to action. The zealot in me lies dormant today. This is more of an inquiry. An invitation. An investigation, maybe. --- I am imagining life as a train ride through the most beautiful and fascinating and intimate parts of this world. The train can go anywhere, take me to anyplace; … Continue reading Searching for Balance in Our Digital World (Part 1)

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Reading (Week 13)

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." … Continue reading Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Reading (Week 13)