Mary Austin_I shall follow it aright

Morning Prayer / Evening Prayer has been my labor of love for the past several years, a long time of pondering, making, stopping, returning, doubting, enduring – interrupted by uncertainty, by work for others, by planned and unplanned physical calamities – all this left me a bit shy of picking them up again, every time I returned. My […] Read More

Byron Embracing Willendorf cover

I am absurdly pleased to have been asked by my friend Byron Ballard to write a blurb for her new book, Embracing Willendorf. It has arrived in my mailbox and said blurb is indeed included. I truly enjoyed reading this book, as it followed pretty closely my own journey with a new body shape, similarly […] Read More


The Flow and the Forge

In the beginning comes the flash of inspiration, the flicker of an idea, the flow of meaning. This is the genesis of almost any creative work. We feel lucky when we experience it. And some of us conspire to make it happen more frequently and deliberately. We use ancient language and the metaphors of the […] Read More


A Merry May Morn

Heel-and-Toe! Jolly Rumble-O! We were up, Long before the day-o, To welcome in the summer, To welcome in the May-o, For Summer is a-coming in, And winter’s gone away-o! This old folk song is on my lips every May Day morning, whether we roll out of bed at dark o'clock or not, to see up […] Read More