Present Moment Essays

Looking for a way to balance the editing, book proposal compiling, and submission process, I was thrilled to join the #52essays2017 challenge. While many who joined are uncertain of how they can come up with so many essays, my Scrivener essay project is inhabited by many mini-essays that have languished on the backburner  of my writing life. When they heard I was taking on this commitment, they all screamed with excitement: “Pick me, pick me!” They were sorely disappointed when my initial essays emerged from 2017 moments. With many weeks to come, I console them with the  promise they will get their day on the page.

I wrote this in 2000 and it still rings true: “I have always loved the essay — the crisp diatribe, the permission to be loose and opinionated, passionate and clearly biased. It is a warm and safe environment for me to spout my learnings and challenge what I am fed daily through the forced syringe of civilization.”

Week One: My Two Homes

Week Two: In Memoriam

Week Three: Not Doing Enough

Week Four: The Bus Ride

Week Five: The Face and Sound of Power

Week Six: Betrayals Run Deep

Week Seven: Love you, too

Week Eight: Nature Reflects Writing Life

Week Nine: The Power of the Weed

Week Ten: Self-Love: The Crux* of it All

Week Eleven: I Never Bring it Up

Week Twelve: Salsa and Makeovers

Week Thirteen: Holding Your Truth

Week Fourteen: On the Road

Week Fifteen: One Size Does Not Fit All

Week Sixteen: Read it and Run

Week Seventeen: Mother Loss

Week Eighteen: Swiss Army Knife – A Minor Super Power

Week Nineteen: The WOW Journal

Week Twenty: The Camino

Week Twenty-one: Familia de Agua

Week Twenty-two: Living with Grief

Week Twenty-three: #TakeTheKnee for National Anthem

Week Twenty-four: Día de los Muertos