Writing

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twenty-Three (Berry)

Original Post: http://melissastuddard.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-mnemosyne-weekly-poem-twenty-three.html    Wendell Berry "The Peace of Wild Things" Photo Credit: Dan Carraco   I believe in serendipity, destiny, and what is meant to be. Not too long ago my friend Paula Todd King suggested this poem for The Mnemosyne Weekly, and then,...

Episode 23: Interview with Melissa Studdard and Donna Baier-Stein

Guest host R Jeffreys, of The Write Step, interviews Tiferet editor and blogtalk host Melissa Studdard and Tiferet publisher and producer Donna Baier Stein. Donna Baier Stein explains why she founded the magazine and...

Meditations on Bread and Wine

I.  According to Zoroastrian legend, Ahura Mazdao bestowed upon Zarathustra a remarkable gift. It came to him in a dream: a golden knife cutting open the earth. The plough. Agriculture, that is, is a...

Everything Works Out

This true story is in honor of Mrs. Laurie Ford.  A vibrant teacher, caregiver, and active story teller who passed away after a long, full life. Thunk! I briefly move from sleep to sort...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twenty (Hopkins)

Gerard Manley Hopkins Pied Beauty What a delicious poem this is. I could just eat it. The glorious, delight in sound is a true celebration of language, infused with divinity--dappled, pied, plotted, and pieced. As you...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Eighteen (Harper)

Reuben, Reuben Michael S. Harper My selection this week is the powerful Michael S. Harper poem, "Reuben, Reuben," from the collection Images of Kin, which came out in 1977 and was nominated for a National Book Award.  It has...

Spring Rituals and Lessons for Writing (and vice versa)

Spring offers the possibility of renewal, and many spiritual rituals have this idea at their center.  The secular culture, too, embraces spring with the rite of cleaning, a chance to remove clutter and air...

An Etch A Sketch Life

The Etch A Sketch toy was invented in the late 1950s by André Cassagnes. He somehow put together the clinging properties of aluminum powder, along with rigged styluses and came up with one of...

Ink and Blood

One of the tasks I set my advanced creative writing students is to have them, one student a week, find three poems to read and then unpack from whatever anthology I happen to be...

Six Week (In Person) Class with The Writers Circle

Writing From the Heart & Soul: a workshop in Spiritual Writing