February 24, 2017

I am grateful and honored that I was awarded a career development artist-in-residence through Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride, a community development and artist residency program at the historic Fergus Falls State Hospital, or the “Kirkbride Building.” Launched in Spring 2015, Hinge Arts is intended to create opportunities where artists and community members gather to explore themes of transition, connection, and innovation inspired by the community’s 124 years of hosting a state mental institution.

Before I delve into things,  I want to thank to my writing mentors,  Elizabeth Birmingham (AKA BETSY the Queen) and Cindy Nichols from NDSU and Justin Hocking, Oregon book award winner (The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld) from Portland. Also thanks to writing editor friends Sarah Nour and Kate Thoreson and the MN Springboard for the Arts.

What in the Sam Hill is an 'artist-in-residence' mean, som...

February 8, 2017

At the beginning of the retreat, women were reserved and sheepish about their abilities as writers and yogis. They said things such as, “I am not a writer” or “I am really out of shape,” or “I wasn’t sure if I could do this because I haven’t written in years.”

I still had muscle memory for the same self-doubt about both writing and yoga. The day of the retreat, I felt a parallel self-doubt about co-facilitating. I felt like I had been hit by a kick ball searching for my breath as my face flushed and jaw clenched. But my anxiety melted with the warmth from all of the brave women at the retreat and familiar loving faces of my cousin and aunt, best friend and her sister.  

That’s the thing about doubt- we all have it. But at some point we just decide to show up and do the work, whatever that work may be. And yes, it can feel like work to sit with your own thoughts, to dig deeper, to be truly still in...

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