One Who Eats at the Table of Another

They do not kill their hosts Living on the host’s surface Living inside the host’s body Reducing their fitness Stealing their food Obligates completing their life cycle Castrators diverting the host’s energy Often close relatives Taking advantage of interspecific interactions Modifying host behavior Exploiting their hosts Sooner or later they will kill their hosts   […]

At What Price

A poem I read this morning inspired my morning journal entry. I focused on that one simple question: “At What Price?” David St. John’s poem “Before Dawn” was brought to my in-box by Poem-a-Day. And I was struck by that question and further inspired by the meditation behind his poem: “inadvertent accountings of what’s been […]

Writing About Loss

Take, for instance, a newly divorced man who’s obviously going through a difficult transition. He might need a place to temporarily keep his belongings while he’s sorting out where he’s going to live. Or how about a daughter who’s moving her elderly father into a nursing home? Is the daughter just supposed to chuck everything […]

Consider “The House That Built Me”

One of the most common writing themes is to explore our roots: the people and places and events that shaped our lives. There are many different ways we can explore our past in writing but today I want you to consider this simple prompt inspired by Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” Write about the […]