Weaving the Story of Your Life

February 17, 2011 The act of putting paper, pen and the past together opens a melodic doorway to the soul from which tumbles all the disparate pieces of a person’s life. The puzzle of writing a memoir is to slowly and carefully untangle the strands of warp and weft until the patterns of the tapestry—yourContinue reading “Weaving the Story of Your Life”

The Long Gestation of Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives

February 14, 2011 So, after I finalized my participant roster, talked with each woman, and set up some processes for the project, I began the meticulous work of collecting, organizing and editing the narratives. The skills I had honed in my consulting business—qualitative research, interviewing, report and grant writing, authorship and oral presentations, curriculum development—allContinue reading “The Long Gestation of Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives”

Every Writer Needs a Literary Midwife

February 10, 2011 MIDWIVES are notorious do-it-yourselfers. The midwives in this book emerged from the cultural revolution of the Sixties and Seventies, the Civil Rights Movement, the back to the land impetus, and a variety of other intersecting movements of the time. We have been labeled rebels and revolutionaries, and for good reasons. We haveContinue reading “Every Writer Needs a Literary Midwife”

From the Bliss of Conception to the Panic of Reality

February 7, 2011 So once the brilliant, urging, insistent spark of an idea was kindled, I scrambled to figure out how to begin this big project of creating a comprehensive anthology of midwife memoirs. It is lucky that I was naïve enough not to know just how huge of a project I was taking on.Continue reading “From the Bliss of Conception to the Panic of Reality”

The Conception of Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives

February 2, 2011 On New Year’s Day of 2007 I woke up from the dream world and asked myself the same question I ask at each New Year: What is it that I am to do with my life this year? Without even a moment’s hesitation the voice from the Spirit realm said quite loudly:Continue reading “The Conception of Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives”