December 8, 2016

Necessary Separateness

I keep a Saint Francis statue in my studio. He watches over me as I work, and reminds me to go outside from time to time, […]
December 5, 2016

Open your depths by plunging into them

If you have been following my writing over the years, you know that I am a fan of Rainer Maria Rilke. His birthday was yesterday. I am […]
December 21, 2014
Advent Day Twenty-One, 2014, Melanie Mowinski

Hold Life Open

In Michael Pollen’s book Cooked, in the chapter on Fermentation, he makes some comment along the lines that people who are easily disgusted are often terrified […]
December 18, 2014
Advent Day Eighteen, 2014, Melanie Mowinski

The capacity to be alone

From Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Rome, December 23, 1903, as translated by Johanna Macy in Anita Barrows in A Year with Rilke. I often […]
March 31, 2014
Teaching Mantra

RISK failure

Do you ever drag your feet when approaching a really big project? I am currently doing this. I have three big projects on my plate right […]
March 20, 2014
Teaching Mantra

Coming to Be–Awaken

On this first day of spring, I greet you with some words from Rilke. From infinite longings finite deeds arise…But in these dancing tears, what is […]