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“…I don’t believe most of us want to keep struggling through it alone…”

This excerpt from Margaret J. Wheatley so clearly defines how I’d like to focus this publication, I’m simply sharing it:

As the world grows more strange and puzzling and difficult, I don’t believe most of us want to keep struggling through it alone, I can’t know what to do from my own narrow perspective. I know I need a better understanding of what’s going on. I want to sit down with you and talk about all the frightening and hopeful things I observe, and listen to what frightens you and gives you hope. I need new ideas and solutions for the problems I care about. I know I need to talk to you to discover those. I need to learn to value your perspective, and I want you to value mine. I expect to be disturbed by what I hear from you. I know we don’t have to agree with each other in order to think well together. There is no need for us to be joined at the head. We are joined by our human hearts.

—Margaret J. Wheatley, Turning To One Another

I’d like us to co-create conversations where we can “think well together.”

For this year, I plan on focusing our conversations around this (eclectic-seeming) gathering of topics: 

  • Nature, both human and wild

  • Language, our relationship to it, how it creates the cultures in which we live, and other perspectives as they arise

  • Writing as a practice for discovery and transformation

  • Cultivating and tending resilience

  • Being a human of deepening years

What to expect...

A restorative, twice monthly missive.

I don’t do shouty, or full-speed-ahead. I do insightful, thought-provoking, sometimes quirky or irreverent, occasionally humorous. (Fair warning: there may be bad puns involved.)

Here’s how I imagine this will unfold: 

  • I’ll write about what I’m seeing, feeling, learning, and noticing—my emerging questions, connections, realizations

  • You write back with whatever contribution feels right—continue the conversation, take it deeper, or move in a new direction

  • We turn to each other, listen and discover and, wrapped in genuine hope, expand our perspectives, maybe even spark some interesting collaborations, collectives, projects or ideas

  • We will do this all with respect, honesty, and compassion

What do you think? Up for an intriguing conversation or two?

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Twice-monthly letters on writing as a practice for discovery and transformation, nature (both human and wild), cultivating and tending resilience, and being a woman of deepening years.


Tracie Nichols
Poet, Facilitator, Copyeditor/Proofreader