Writing

A heart warming story from “Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism” ...

Book Excerpt PART 3 BIRDS AS MESSENGERSHealing (and Humorous) BirdsThere are a number of vital traditions still practiced today among Native American healers that might be mistaken for “faith healing.” Many Natives have told me they...

Saga of a dropout doper

At the age of 15 I decided I was going to be a writer. I loved books, and writing them seemed to be the greatest thing in the world to do. Now after eight...

Lectio Poetica: What is the Question?

“Sometimes . . . you come to a place whose only task is to trouble you with tiny but frightening requests . . .” – David Whyte Ten years ago, just three months after falling...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twenty-Six (Wilbur)

Richard Wilbur "Apology" From Things of This World I've long admired Richard Wilbur's beautiful poetry, which is playful, formal, and perfectly polished. This poem, which I pulled from New and Collected Poems, but which originally appeared in Things of This World, is a little...

Classical Literature, the Gods, and Metaphysical Desire

In December I finished teaching a course on classical myth and literature for undergraduates. We read a variety of texts and from a variety of time periods. Among the works we studied were The...

To Keep an Open Mind

We must strengthen our individual love to get rid of the force of fear that is trying to overcome our fragile human minds. Our minds, so delicate, can only process so much at one time;...

The Idiot

I recently read a collection of essays that included Herman Hesse’s “Thoughts on The Idiot by Dostoyevsky.” In it, Hesse writes that Prince Myshkin has been so often compared to Jesus because each lives...

Pushcart Prize Nominations

TIFERET is very happy to announce our Pushcart Prize nominations for this year: In Poetry, Emily Vogel for "Is," Ken Ronkowitz for "Shame" and Linda Radice for "Deliberate Awareness" and in Prose, Linda Lappin...

What Children Know of Immortality

In a January news release from Boston University, Barbara Moran writes of a study led by Natalie Emmons that examined children’s beliefs about immortality. All of the children in the study claimed they could remember...

Hay House – The Writer’s Workshop – March 22 and 23, 2014

Join featured authors Doreen Virtue, Reid Tracy, and Nancy Levin for an action-packed weekend in San Francisco for this year's The Writer's Workshop. The event, which takes place on March 22 and 23, 2014,...