Journaling Workshops

Journal to the Self

Between preparing for the holidays and end-of-year work assignments, this time of year can get really hectic. But don’t forget to think about yourself! Register at the link below for the “Journal to the Self” series of workshops I’ll be offering at the Rehoboth Art League in January. The start of the new year is the perfect time to begin a new practice or learn new techniques that can deepen your self-understanding and creativity!

Click here to learn more about journaling

and to register!



Something New for Me

Today’s post is a plug for my favorite duo, Straight BS (, and for a new writing skill I was able to practice, thanks to them!

West Virginia Eastern Panhandle musicians Bruce (B) Reich and Steve (S) Van Order blend vocals with mandolin and mandola, melodica, fiddle, dobro, guitar, cello and electric and piccolo basses to deliver a uniquely creative and energetic performance. They feature Bruce’s melodic originals as well as creative arrangements of fiddle music, American standards, bluegrass, country, and rock tunes.

Bruce recently asked me to write lyrics for what was then one of his unnamed compositions. Though I’ve written my own songs before, it was challenging to find the words that not only fit the melody but matched its mood. Here’s a video of “Somehow,” the end result:

It was really a fun experience collaborating with the two of them to come up with the finished product!

For more videos of their different take on some old favorites as well as some of their originals, check out:

Straight BS will be performing at the Berkeley Springs Brewing Company from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. 

Thank you!

First, I have to thank my dear friend Rev. Sarah Anders for turning me on to “A Year of Being Here, ” a daily email subscription curated by Phyllis Cole-Dai. Each day, Phyllis sends an email with a poem dedicated to mindfulness, and I find it to be a nice way to start my morning.  I sent her a few of my own poems for consideration, and Saturday morning my inbox had my own poem coming back to me.  So a second thank you to Phyllis.  Here’s the link to her web site and my poem “Another Moment.”