Most of us value a voice that rings true. A message we recognize, one that impacts our inner sense of “yes,” I get that. This is precisely how I felt when I ran across this quote from author Cheryl Strayed: “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up […]


RECENTLY, I ran across this John Steinbeck quote: “Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.” Poetic, yes. The ring of truth, yes. Change is often so gradual, in fact, that we can easily […]


I promised more blog posts this summer and fall about writing memoir — the one I’m finalizing, the genre and its demands, its curious place in literary conversations. These days there are many discussions about the merits of memoir, and yes, the “rules of memoir.” But I’ve never been much for rules. Not when it […]


Here’s the thing about writing a memoir — it’s extremely challenging. When working in the captivating land of memory, emotions, and time … how could it be otherwise? There is much to write about, yet, paradoxically, there is little to write about. As writers, we have to tease out milestones, memorable dialogue, fading landscapes sketched […]

Turning Within

Welcome back to SunnyRoomStudio as we launch a new 7-month spiritual journal called Turning Within.  Like the online journal from 2013, I will post every other Friday morning.  You can look forward to guest posts sprinkled between regular journal entries. For instance, next Friday, February 14th, my very first Studio Guest (from 2010), author Mary […]