Yesterday we had an all day wind and rain storm, the lashing house-shifting and tree-bending type. There was no way to go outside and work on putting the garden to bed, or run errands, or really do anything but admire the tremendous force of the storm through the windows. Because it was Labor Day, my partner was home which meant a cozy fire in the woodstove that made the outside seem so much fiercer and the inside so much more inviting.
I confess that I sat on the sofa for quite some time reading A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet and dozing. Yes, I confess it, I was dozing in the middle of the afternoon. The reason doesn’t lie with the book, but rather the complete peace I felt in my surroundings in spite of, or perhaps because of, the storm. I confess that at one point, cup of tea to the left of me, sleeping dogs to the right, I thought to myself, this is such a wonderful life. To have the pleasure of a safe home, warmth, love from my partner, unstinting affection and devotion of my dogs, a good book, and a cup of tea…
Tonight I sit puzzling through some recent drafts, working on a little revision, puttering about. It is not lost on me that I am lucky beyond reckoning. And for that luck, I feel obligated to make the most of these gifts. Not only to write but to tell you about a way that you can help others to find their voices. A blogger that I admire decided that for her 50th birthday she would raise $50,000 for WriteGirl, a nonprofit organization for high school girls centered on the craft of creative writing and empowerment through self-expression. Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot tips for great writing in all genres from professional women writers.
Currently the amount that folks have donated (including me, even with my tiny little income at this point) is $51,382. Yep, she’s passed the mark. But honestly folks, I confess it would make me soooooo happy if some of you would maybe push that amount even higher. Go to the 50-fo-50 for WriteGirl website learn more. How can we go wrong helping young women discover their wild and powerful voices? More poetry, yes! More fiction, yes! More honest to the heart of the world writing, oh yes!