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Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., is a writing coach and the author of 13 books, including most recently, EARTH JOY WRITING. Her website is

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Let's Not Just Take It Down, Let's Take It Deeper

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 5:06 AM


I've always seen connections between things. And the deeper meaning of things that are not things. An event, personal or historical-- an object, natural or created-- holds a deeper meaning when we are able to hear the stories underneath.

Native Americans know this,...

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Our Lesbian Wedding Was More Traditional Than Our First Weddings -- to Men

(4) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:27 AM

It's a beauty salon in the South. I'm waiting while my fiancée gets her makeup done about 10 feet away. An older woman who was eavesdropping turns to me and asks, "Is she getting married today?"

I say yes. Then she asks what every Southerner asks: "What church?"

I take...

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Be Leo, Not Little (Another Kind of Bunny Story)

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 10:52 AM

Harmony the Bunz was a great bunny. My daughter held her almost constantly for five years, and this caused her to be affectionate and docile.

But she was getting old. And lonely. So we decided to get a new bunny.

We chose a little white one with pink eyes around...

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How a Nature-Loving Peacenik Came to Love the Military

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 7:10 PM

I was born in 1967. One of my first words was "yippie-mon," which was my toddler way of saying hippie. In pictures of me as a baby, my mom is wearing high white go-go boots and my dad is sporting a beard. Both from devout Irish Catholic families, their parenting...

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Finding the Words for Fort Hood

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood has the quality of a nightmare that repeats itself: another military member, after deployment, in the middle of trying to receive help, takes his anger out on those around him; another family is left devastated; another community reels in shock and fear. A Navy sailor...

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Writing Is Like Sex

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 2:37 PM

As a writing coach, I often hear people say that they want to begin working on the book they've been thinking about for a long time.

They think that if they "take time off from work," they might be able to get started. Sometimes they do this -- and yet...

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3 Surprising Ways Facebook Is Not a Waste of Time

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:42 PM

You tell yourself you're just going to jump on FB for a second before starting work, and before you know it, you've watched two You Tube videos, clicked LIKE on a silly cat photo and started stalking your crush.

Crap! Where did the time go? What's wrong with me?


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10 Things Death Can Teach

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 2:49 PM

When I was studying Mexican literature in graduate school, I learned about the Days of the Dead, which were celebrated just a few days ago. It is a time to honor family members and ancestors whose lives made ours possible. While most people here in the United States rarely celebrate...

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On Having Faith, Watching Oprah, and Being Gay

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 6:53 PM

What do lesbians do on a second date?

Rent the U-Haul.

It wasn't quite the second date, but after my girlfriend and I had been together for two and a half months -- that's a pretty short time in which to fall in love, decide to leave your husband, tell...

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Coming Out in Truth and Laughter

(1937) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:51 PM

As a 23-year-old student in a graduate school seminar, we were discussing Madame Bovary -- the scene where she licks the bottom of the glass to get every last drop of wine.

The professor was talking about her tongue and desire -- the way this flick and suck of the...

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On Egypt and First World Choice

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:19 PM

I wake from a dream. The images flash through my mind: me, in bed, next to my husband. I go to check on our daughter, who is down the hall staying in another apartment with an Egyptian woman and her kids. The beds have no sheets, no blankets. I have...

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