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buddhist photographer, writer and teacher
buddhist photographer, writer and teacher

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Poetry and Prose in One Memoir: Sherman Alexie
For years now, I've read Sherman Alexie's poetry collections and novels. I've always enjoyed the edge of fiction/nonfiction he skirts, willingly and openly, in all his writing. But his brand new memoir, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me , is the first time ...
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Mourning in a Culture that Denies Death
For years now, I have visually tracked the differences between Day of the Dead and Halloween. I started doing this one year, when I was traveling a lot to the Southwest, because I noticed there was a huge difference in the felt tone of visual representation...
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Labor of Love
This last Monday was an American national holiday - Labor Day. For my writing classes this week, I had students write about the overlap between love and work - if it exists for them. It was powerful to experience such a wide-range of histories, hurt, joy, a...
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Daily Life as Memoir Topic
Recently, we've been reading Life Work by Donald Hall for Read and Write. I chose this book for a few reasons. 1. It is a "quiet" book - very little drama, mostly reflective, and not really about a specific happening but more the intersection between life a...
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Memoir with Recovery (and Dogs) Included
Remember how a few months ago I wrote a post about the absence of recovery stages in memoir? Not long after, I picked up a copy of The Education of Will by Patricia McConnell. I auditioned it through the library (which I often do, before being sure I like i...
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The Myth of "If I Had Only Known..."
It's a common desire for memoir writers to want to share their stories in hopes that "if a younger me had known what I know now, she would have made different choices..." While I think there's nothing fundamentally wrong with this as a motivation, there are...
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Hope, Fear, Fantasy, and Caring
Lately I've been thinking a lot about hope and fear. In Chogyam Trungpa's teachings, again interpreted from very old and deeply studied Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, hope and fear are actually very closely related. Not even two sides of the same coin, they both ...
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Equanimity Through Ancestry
Yesterday, as part of my quarterly Read and Write* offering, we discussed Joy Harjo's memoir Crazy Brave . A student commented on how Harjo really takes into account her own heritage, her family's ancestry, and the overall context of her father and stepfath...
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