Here for a Spell

Here for a Spell

Human beings have been telling stories of spells and enchantments for a long time. The potent idea that one’s form can be changed by a powerful god or magician boils up out of the old myths of Rome and Greece and sprouts everywhere in the world’s fairy tales. Why are...
A Brief History of My Voice

A Brief History of My Voice

Since January, I’ve been doing a lot of singing and exploring what it means to sing, speak, and write in our natural voices. I wonder how much real freedom our voices get and the extent to which they are distorted by the culture at large and the media through which we...
Where Are My Muses?

Where Are My Muses?

Sometimes it’s hard to have faith in our inspirations. I wrote a memoir around the year 2000 called The Tower Princess and I’m still trying to figure out how to, or if to bring the book more widely into the world. It’s being read by an editor as we speak, and I...
The Power of Song

The Power of Song

A few nights ago, I went to see a Toronto Storytelling Festival event, “Stories of Resistance,” directed by Mariella Bertelli and featuring storytellers Peter Chant, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, Rico Rodriguez, Donald Smith, Sandra Whiting, Mariella Bertelli and singer...
A Downright Genuflection

A Downright Genuflection

When I was pouring my coffee this morning, a few lines came to me. God says the reason I ask you to kneel is because I’m down here. Last night, Ian and I watched “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” a documentary about Fred Rogers, the man who created “Mr. Rogers’...

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