February 17, 2021 

I'm delighted to share that my most recently published essay and short story have gone live online today in Latitudes literary journal of Hawii Writers Guild. 

My memoir The Horses, about growing up in the American West, appears here:


And a new science fiction short story, The Chimera, appears here:



Don't forget to explore some of the winning literary work by my talented colleagues in the Guild, as well. A full Latittudes Second Edition index appears here:


 
 December, 2020

As readers can see from my pages, much of my writing inspiration comes from immersing myself in nature, and the variety of human cultures that I hold dear. I've been blessed with opportunities to explore multiple dimensions of human life on Planet Earth. So I've found the travel safety restrictions in this year 2020 quite challenging to bear. 

But I persevere. I've continued my work on two historical novels; I've written some new essays and short stories. I've read several excellent books by authors I admire. In the end it comes down to doing what you can, every day. 

     I want to offer a profound word of thanks to Brooklyn Public Library, The City newspaper, Reimagine, SquadUp, and so many gifted artists, for the profound event "Missing Them" presented online from NYC the weekend of December 11-13, 2020.
     
     Poetry readings, writing workshops, theater ensembles, and a family testimonial collage, provided a myriad of ways to get back in touch with our Feeling function. 
     
     Carefully chosen one-liners from thousands of interviews recognized the individual Humanity of so many real persons who have died a horrific death, alone, in 2020.

     This program wasn't about the "movers and shakers," but the grocers, dishwashers, taxi drivers, deliverymen, dry cleaners, waitresses -- the ordinary people who make so many our daily lives possible.
   
     These programs helped me recognize how all of us, myself included, have started to "partition" emotionally for psychological survival. 

    I was able to feel again, to acknowledge how awful it's been and continues to be. 

     This outpouring of talent reminded why me NYC stands unique as America's cultural center for the Arts. Arts that can bring us back in touch, help us hold, and eventually, we hope, transcend great tragedy.

    Read just one story. Then multiply it by more than a quarter of a million human beings -- fathers, mothers, children, grandparents and grandchildren -- who are all missing from their families this Hanukka and this Christmas. 

More go missing daily, on several days lately, than all those who died on 9/11. We've lost to Covid-19 this past year a cumulative cost greater than the entire number of American lives lost through five years of WWII.

     We need to let ourselves feel the pain, and really cry. 

     Because our survival, and our Humanity, absolutely depend on not allowing ourselves to become insensible.

Although sadly, the Maui Writers Foundation has passed into history, I've become an active member of the Hawaii Writers Guild, where I've found a generous and astute online critique/support group of professional writers. www.hawaiiwritersguild.com

I'm enjoying some fascinating programs offered by the Kauai Writers Conference OnlinePoets and Writers Magazine Editor Kevin Larimer interviews different members of the KWC faculty each Sunday evening.  https://kauaiwritersconference.com/online/

Through Living Room Craft Talks by Academy of American Poets Laureate Ellen Bass, and her guest poets from the Academy, I've learned a new approach to writing poetry, and new skills for revision. In particular, the Laureates emphasize that "the poem is not in service to the poet; the poet must be in service to the poem." www.ellenbass.com   https://poets.org

Many of us, I think, have often approached writing a poem as a vehicle for expressing our own thoughts and feelings. These folks write a variety of word lists, image lists, metaphors, similes, lines, and full drafts -- every day. They open themselves to whatever the collective unconscious is trying to tell them, and the World. Their poems emerge through an organic process in which the poet is the poem's partner and voice.  

There's certainly plenty of emotion, technique, and craft that goes into an often extended revision process, through extensively revised poetic drafts. But this fundamental understanding -- that ultimately the poem itself must be in charge -- seems to be what makes the great poets, Great.    

I continue my study of images and symbolic patterns in culture, literature and life with Assisi Institute International Center for the Study of Archetypal Patterns, where I earned my certification as Master Dream Pattern Analyst. With a world-wide group of fellow scholars, I'm participating in a new certification program for Fairy Tale Analysis, directed by Canadian Jungian Analyst Muriel McMahon, accompanied by other faculty from the Assisi Institute. As always, I find this work to be both demanding and rewarding.  https://www.assisiinstitute.com/about-us.html

Jungian Analyst and JRR Tolkien expert Janice Maxwell's online seminar about Jung,Tolkien, and Archetypes of Middle Earth, produced by Mind Body Passport, takes a multifaceted but well-organized approach to archetypal patterns in some of my favorite literature of all time. I'm as happy as a well-fed Hobbit to have been a part of this adventure! www.mindbodypassport.com

I'm looking forward to the New York Center for Jungian Studies Winter Conference, part of Jung for All Seasons.

I found their Summer Conference, online in July, both comforting and grounding, as we all struggled with trauma and disorientation from pandemic quarantines, masking,  lockdowns, and losses of loved ones. 

Some of my favorite faculty from live travel conferences, in days gone by at NYCJS Jung in Ireland, will be back with us online in January, to offer updates about their latest work and their insights about this strange new Covid world. 

The January conference themes, Endurance, Transformation and the Power of Imagination, should offer an auspicious beginning to a welcome New Year. www.nyjungcenter.org