Ritual Self Care
My work centers around belonging. This theme shows up in writing about my family lines, inheritance, nature, and the intersection of people and place. Some of the questions I explore are: where do I belong? Where did my family come from and belong? Who has been displaced in the process? What has shaped me? How are we all connected - plant, animal, earth? How can I be part of the preservation, restoration, and healing of life on earth?
Much of my writing is informed by my career as a bodyworker, esthetician, and practitioner of the healing arts. For over twenty-five years I have enjoyed exploring our bodies as a place we belong, our homes within, with our skin as boundary. I am captivated by the mystery and phenomena that is happening each moment within us all, and the connecting forces that bind us together, both inside ourselves, and externally to one another. I am fascinated by the resilience I witness inside and out.
My writing also comes out of my life as a mother, working to heal generational trauma, raising young to wonder, love and respect, to be loved and be respected. My work as a gardener and beekeeper has taught me about what comes of tending the earth, caring for the hive, making sure the pollinators have what they need. I have learned from rose’s resilience, building the compost, observing the cooperation of the hive.
I enjoy working in forms that involve syllable counting, like haiku, perhaps related to growing up Catholic and praying the rosary. I also like finding order with words through forms like abecedarians. Ultimately I am looking to make sense of it all, with the hope that what I create will honor and be of service to other lives.