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March 3, 2016
Why I started a writing workshop, and what happened when I did - Stone Pond waterfront

I have been a writer for 35 years. Much of what I've achieved so far, I've figured out by myself. But some of what I figured out, I would have loved if someone had told me early. Mainly: Trust yourself.

Also: Those doubters are not the true voices. Go and see what you see in these woods, and be open to what ideas flow out of you then.

I feel the time is here to share what I learned the hard way with others who want to awaken their ideas. Writing from Nature is a workshop about doing, not about...

February 25, 2016
Squatter farmers of long ago - Sand plains

In the 18th century, squatter farmers in central Connecticut tried to grow crops on sand plains. They failed, because the soil resembles the desert, and they abandoned the land. Particular plants and trees thrive on sand plains, or sand barrens, just as very particular plants adapt to deserts. But the farmers' attempts to grow crops interfered with the sand plains. Seed bans of the failed plants reside in some of the remaining sand plains. And beause of this, the sand plains look different than they would have without that.

The human imprint showed up early. For thousands of...

Writing from Nature Workshop coming June 17
Fog, night, fear, and writing ideas - Clouds, cold, looking toward Franconia Ridge from

Have you ever thought that being scared and uncomfortable in nature might jolt you toward new ideas? 

People sometimes ask me why I go into the mountains by myself. I do it so that I will bang into the edge of comfort, free up my brain for new ideas to go pouring in. I've had brief meetings of the mind with people who are no longer alive, when I'm alone in the mountains. They didn't talk; that's not how it works. But I felt the insistent nudge to pay attention. In the distance, a hare passed through. Once at dusk, a friend and I heard a crashing sound in the...

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