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  • Slain by a Poem
     On the very day Saved by a Poem was finally published (after five years of rewrites!) a dear friend said, “But it’s got the wrong title! It’s should be called SLAIN by a poem, not Saved by a Poem!” She was absolutely right. A central summons in my work is to let yourself be slain by the poem, whether you ...
  • Computers for Kenya
    “You might think that your computer is old and done-with, but it is opening a new window in my life, and in many lives” ~Zam Obed, Kibera, Kenya Among the torrent of life-changing experiences I had in Kenya was bringing as many used laptops as I could carry (4) to people. Me the Geek!! Nonetheless I ...
  • Can you help a girl from Kenya?
    Four girls from the Tasaru Safe House in Kenya are seeking funding for post-secondary education. Can you help them out?
  • Lessons from the Heart of Kenya
    ~ January 21 ~ There is another reason I spend all my frequent flyer miles to travel halfway around the planet, with suitcases full of used computers to give away and gifts of clothing and jewelry for all I love, a much more personal one…
  • Dissolving Separation with a Poem: An Excerpt from Saved by a Poem
    ~ November 27, 2013 ~ I discovered how the separating lines of culture and age can dissolve in the presence of a poem the first time I went to Africa. In Kenya, at the Tasaru Ntomonok Rescue Centre for safe houseGirls in the Rift Valley, I unexpectedly found myself speaking a poem to a group ...
  • In the Land of the Bards…
    ~September 10, 2013 ~ I’ve spent the summer in the Celtic realms – Ireland, Wales, Scotland and a part of England called Dartmoor. Through no conscious plan of my own, I have been called there for the last eight summers, an unexpected discipleship to the Goddess/Saint Brighid. . .
  • Where Poet and Mystic are One
    ~August 30, 2012 ~ . . .It was my first taste of a culture – and here I include both Welsh and Irish – where poetic language seems inscribed in the marrow, where lines of Yeats or Dylan Thomas rock babies to sleep, where poets have been seen throughout the eras as the wisdom keepers ...
  • The Art of Losing
    ~ May 20, 2012 ~ Since I last wrote I’ve breathed the wave spew of Ho’okena Bay, the antiseptic vapors of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, the scent of night jasmine on the cliffs of Esalen, and the sweet blow of horse-breath on the Blackfoot Reservation in Montana…
  • Sea Changes…
    ~February 11, 2012 ~ Recently a friend pointed out that two of the major power spots for my work are the diametrically opposite islands of Ireland and Hawaii. I don’t know if there is deep inner meaning in this, but it does remind me that as a child, I had a passion for stories about ...
  • Jecinta, an Inspiration…
    ~ August 30, 2011 ~ You may remember, in the last chapter of Saved by a Poem, a girl named Jecinta challenged me to recite a poem when I was paralysed with shyness on my first day at the V-Day Safe House in Kenya…

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