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Lessening Our Pain

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Every life, in every age, has had to find its way: discovering a foundation, a self from which to meet others and the world, only to open beyond the confines of a single self, so we can receive meaning from everything that is not us.

Without Pause

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This is the inspiring lesson of Beethoven's Opus 131: It mirrors the nonstop demand of life to have us make music of what we're given, not knowing what will happen. Inevitably, having to play seven movements without pause, the instruments will go out of tune.

On the Edge of God's Shimmer

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We are here to love the light out of each other. It's not something we can plan or build, only ready ourselves for. My wife Susan is one who sees the light in my darkness. This is what relationship that endures can do. This reflection explores such grace.

In Your Company

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

One of the wonders and rewards for being open to life is that we chance, through our authenticity, to experience the essence of all those who ever lived. When we love completely, we chance to feel everyone who ever loved.

Thou Art That

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

At 93, my father is failing. He's in between worlds, close to both life and death. We've slipped into a time of presence more than conversation. At times, he surfaces like an old whale, offering bits of this world and the next. This poem comes from that precious time.


Mark Nepo | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Beyond family or the culture and religion of our birth, life will lead us to discover the lineage we are a part of, the circle of kindred spirits that nourish our soul.

The Hard Human Spring

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Sitting on a bench in Central Park in New York City, I was watching an ancient oak whose roots were woven into massive stones. It wasn't long till I began to reflect on how those stones let the roots in and how the roots found their way into all that stone.

Why You Need a Writing Retreat and How to Make the Most of It

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

A writing retreat could be just what you need to start that novel, finish your chapbook of poetry, or revise the short story you've been meaning to send out. So how do you manage a writing retreat, especially if time and money are scarce?

How to Sell a Novel in Just 25 Years!

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.23.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

When my agent called a few weeks ago to say that an editor at Penguin wanted to buy my new novel, The Wishing Hill, I literally had to lie down. I've been waiting for this call for 25 years.

Bussing Tables, Writing Books at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

Ru Freeman | Posted 07.03.2011 | Books
Ru Freeman

When the doors bang shut behind you, in that way that old, wooden doors do, and the odor of morning nourishments, the eggs, the blueberries, the toast...

Creative Writing Programs

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Just as the guild structure was socially conservative--and hence easily superseded when the more progressive market system, flourishing along with the industrial economy, came along--so is the present MFA credentialing system.