This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first was Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” This week it’s Margaret Atwood’s “Variation on the word sleep.” The first time I ever read this poem, it took my breath away with it’s raw, sweet longing. It felt so vulnerable and intimate to…

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This month, I’m honoring National Poetry Month by making art from two of my favorite poems. The first one is Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.” I love the rhythm, voice, and take-no-prisoners attitude of this poem. In it, Maya Angelou owns her womanhood absolutely and unapologetically. Every time I read it, I feel the thrill of recognition…

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I’m daring to believe that my dreams (especially the one that’s scary to say aloud even as it squawks and honks and soars inside me like some kind of crazed, wild goose) are not only possible, but meant to be. I’m daring to believe that it’s destiny – all this commotion in my heart –…

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I’m so excited to interview writer-poet-painter-friend, Julia Fehrenbacher. I first discovered Julia last July when her poem, “Unleashed,” was published on Kind Over Matter. I was in the middle of my Year of Fearless Love, and if you’ve read The Love Essays, you know that July was a turning point for me, the point at…

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In case you missed the big news, my friend, the staggeringly talented Julia Fehrenbacher is publishing her first book of original poetry and art. It’s called On The Other Side of Fear, and it’s absolutely beautiful. The poetry is honest, searching and inspiring. In it, Julia speaks of fear and power, hesitance and flight, creativity…

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