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Wonderment

Have you ever wondered? Of course you have. However, you may not have realized what a powerful tool wonderment can be. It is the beginning of all creative activity. When you allow yourself to wonder, you experience life in new ways. Words help capture those experiences.

On a writing retreat in fall of 2007, I wrote the following poem in response to a writing prompt. When I first wrote it, it just seemed like a stream of consciousness, but I liked playing with the ideas. Three years later, I rediscovered this piece, and I reread it with fresh eyes. Suddenly, I realized what I had been doing–I had been wondering.

Dancing with Words

Midnight dances to her own song, velvet skirt swirling softly.

Stars pinprick the sky, diamonds on a ribbon of light.

What is it like to touch their points?


In a carnival of sound, owls hoot, crickets chirp,

water spills over pebbles in a stream.

The blue-black night backdrops much mysterious movement:


silent spider spins her web; thunder shakes the mountain;

flickering fireflies circle the merry-go-round.

What is it like to fly on gossamer wings?

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So, go ahead, play with words: experiment, take chances, explore your world, enter new worlds, open your perceptions, and engage your senses—after all, words are wonderful.

Tell a Tuscan Story – October 2009

Across the Tuscan hills, gnarly shaped olive trees cast intriguing silhouettes against the sky, their silvery sage-green leaves sway softly in the gentle breezes. Our creative group spent a week at the Water Mill Farm olive grove, a beautiful and mysterious backdrop for our writing and photography retreat.

Our host, Louise Maciejewski, British expatriate, is an Etruscan scholar who fell in love with Italy and never left. She opened her antique farmhouse to us, sharing her love of the Italian landscape and her expansive knowledge of its history. We wrote, snapped photographs, and shared in the wonder that is Italy.

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Tell a Tuscan Story – October 2008

On our creative adventure to the Tuscan hills, writers and artists alike reveled in the majesty and appreciated the mundane, they captured the vivid hues of the rolling hills and the myriad textures of the provincial towns to spin new stories. It was a week of wonderment against a backdrop of sensuous sights and sounds and flavors.

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