Losing and Winning and Sunnyside Eggs

I’ve just come back from a celebratory brunch at the lovely Sunnyside Cafe in my new neighbourhood of Esquimalt, British Columbia. They have the best egg dishes. Their hollandaise is gloriously decadent. I usually go for something with smoked salmon, but today I had their house special with chorizo sausage. It was divine. Almost as divine as how I was feeling.

With a little preamble, I will tell you why. Continue reading

Where Are You From?

“Where are you from?”

I’ve seen quite a few articles, videos, and personal posts that indicate this question is racist or is an example of profiling; making the questioned feel as if they don’t belong or are seen as outsiders.

Listening to these responses, I’m struck by the fact that I ask almost everyone I meet where they’re from. Continue reading

Why We Retreat

We’ve been to Costa Rica, Italy, and of course, Canada offering luxurious days of guided writing practice and gentle yoga. Until now, these exotic extended retreats have been organized by me and facilitated by Sue Reynolds and Esana Lotfy.

Although I’ve been leading evening and day-long writing workshops for several years and hosting body awareness and emotional release retreats with Esana since 1998, this October in Greece will be the first extended retreat in which I lead the writing component.

Nine days of it! Nine days for participants to dive deep, work intensely on an existing project, begin a new one, or create a series of short works. Nine days to be inspired and inspiring in a supportive environment without the demands of everyday life to disrupt the flow.  Continue reading

Winlaw, another long-armed poem

A while back I posted a poem that was generated from a prompt Ellen Bass gave at a workshop. She used Frank Gaspar’s poem, Late Rapturous, as an example of what she coined as a “long-armed poem.” In that workshop I wrote a poem about, among other things, my meeting with Leonard Cohen in 1976, which was included in an issue of Room Magazine. Later, in one of my workshops, I offered the same prompt and wrote: Rajneeshpuram, Hiraeth, and the long-armed poem

I love the prompt’s confines and its endless possibilites, so in a day-long workshop recently, I offered it again for participants to work on in the afternoon’s free time.

Here is the list of things to try to include: Continue reading