leap is a verb.

Tomorrow at this time, I’ll be soldiering up to leap off a tall platform on a trapeze bar. I imagine I’ll look just like that <——–. What is your leap for Leap Day? What scares you? Leap into it. Go.     Also, on Leap Day (2/29), the Early Bird registration discount disappears at 9pm Eastern for the next VerbTribe class/community. Only 4 spaces remain. I hope you’ll come if changing your life and writing is part of your yearning for 2012. (If you are asked to join the waiting list because it is sold out, please do. If enough people are on the waiting list, I’ll open another section in...

poetry wednesday : please do stumble from your cave

From Out the Cave by Joyce Sutphen When you have been at war with yourself for so many years that you have forgotten why, when you have been driving for hours and only gradually begin to realize that you have lost the way, when you have cut hastily into the fabric, when you have signed papers in distraction, when it has been centuries since you watched the sun set or the rain fall, and the clouds, drifting overhead, pass as flat as anything on a postcard; when, in the midst of these everyday nightmares, you understand that you could wake up, you could turn and go back to the last thing you remember doing with your whole heart: that passionate kiss, the brilliant drop of love rolling along the tongue of a green leaf, then you wake, you stumble from your cave, blinking in the sun, naming every shadow as it slips. “From Out the Cave” by Joyce Sutphen, from Straight Out of View With thanks to Robin Scanlon from my VerbTribe writing class for reminding me of this poem. [image from...

change your verbs, change your life.

I just want to share with the group that my life is changing because of this course. I don’t know what else to say. Everything is changing. My feelings about certain things are no longer so ambiguous. Life is richer. I am less afraid. -KiKi L’Italien   We’ve just hit the halfway point in my first VerbTribe online writing class, and I can safely say it is the most potent writing course I’ve ever taught. And likely the most potent course of all, writing or not. Yes, it is. What makes it so? Being 100% in. Following my intuition. Challenging and supporting amazing men and women who are sitting down, pen to paper, every single day. Watching a magnificent community form and circle each other, holding each other in some great light, listening. It is like magic. It is magic. We humans are capable of so much. And so much more. And yet we stop ourselves from freely giving, freely writing, freely expressing the hurt and joy so full it slays us. We procrastinate and suddenly the time is gone. This is true of writing, of making art, of living. I am honored to have opened space for such a process to take root, and take wing. This is a course not only about writing, as it turns out. It is about who we are–and what we long to say in the world–and who we want to be or become. Here is what a few folks are saying about the process: You have created a powerful, beautiful package in this VerbTribe experience. Like a well written book that connects...

happy birthday to the real johnny.

I know I joke a lot about Johnny Depp. And I write about Johnny Unitas a lot. And Johnny Appleseed. And Johnny Cash. But the fact is that there is only one Johnny. My Johnny, Mr Brilliant, the father of our two amazing girls. And today is his birthday. (And Emma’s half-birthday!) Have I mentioned how lucky I am to be growing old with this man? I’ve written about him on 37days a few times: happy birthday, johnny (2011) happy birthday, johnny (2010) mr brilliant is, above all, mr daddy Those are just a few of the stories about him. In 2010, I posted 54 reasons I love him. I’ve added two more. 1. He catches me when I’m falling. 2. He makes me laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh some more. 3. He makes good babies. 4. He is the best daddy in the universe. 5. He cooks. 6. He is curious. Insatiably so. 7. He isn’t content to ask Chef Google for a gingerbread house recipe. No, he calls the White House Chef and actually gets him on the phone. 8. He warms up the car when it’s cold. 9. He is the smartest person I know. Brilliant, even. 10. He runs after the ice cream truck for Tess. 11. He smells fantastic, a magical combination of Fahrenheit and old books. 12. He makes fun of himself. 13. He tapes lit candles to his forehead to make the kids laugh. 14. He goes out in snowstorms to help people who get stuck or who need help shoveling. 15. He runs toward people who need help when...