Category Archives: Muse

“There’s a party going on right here…”

Kool and the Gang gave my generation “Celebration,” our very own 1980 party anthem. Go ahead and turn on the music if you like; it makes an ebullient backdrop to this introduction. Of course you might know “Celebration” if you’ve made … Continue reading

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This is all true.

“Nomade, 2007” by Jaume Plensa, found in Des Moines Sculpture Garden, Iowa  Photo Credit: Catherine Keefe   Everyone asks why there can be no fiction in Composing Self. Exactly, I say. I say there’s enough to blow your mind in the … Continue reading

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Words in the Wild

                      Poly Canyon, San Luis Obispo                                             Photo by … Continue reading

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I was here

As you head off into the world to explore somewhere new, think about how your presence might alter the space. Fall. Peace.     Trabuco Canyon, CA                           … Continue reading

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Sneak peek

Writing About Place syllabus is almost ready to launch. Trabuco Canyon, CA             Photo Credit: Catherine Keefe The course is inspired by this Joan Didion quote from The White Album. “Kilimanjaro belongs to Ernest Hemingway. … Continue reading

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The never ending party

Niall MacMonagle, dubbed “Ireland’s best-known English teacher,” once said, You can’t bring home a Matisse and hang it on the wall.  If you want to hear a piece of music live, you’ve got to gather an orchestra.  But bring a … Continue reading

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Old story. New beginning.

You are here. The surge gathers force. A swell peaks, begins to curl. It’s time to roll. Welcome to the wild ride that is the beginning of any creative endeavor. One of my favorite poets, Tony Barnstone, wrote in the introduction … Continue reading

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