Leading and Following

"Observing is a good way to learn. Listening with stitched lips, wakeful eyes, and quivering ears brings magic into your life." — from 'Dreams of Trespass' by Fatima Mernissi, Moroccan feminist scholar Practice: In a group, form a circle with the Leader in the center. The Leader closes the eyes and moves intuitively while the [...]

We Need Better Words

by Dunya Dianne McPherson I walk through the cemetery on my way to the beach. I know nothing about most names carved here. Living relatives remember self-serving snippets. “My predecessor, the famous one, the infamous one, the villain, the saint.” Descendants soon forget their ancestors’ mercurial joys, the struggles and foibles, how they smelled or [...]

Time Machine

by Dunya Dianne McPherson Alone at Ravenrock, I'm in a time machine. I read Virginia Wolf's essays, written hundred years ago, as if they are written now while living in a place without electricity or running water that could've been typical in a rural setting a century ago. Only the occasional highflying 747, a propane [...]