The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

In 1971, jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron rapped “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”*. A classic rant against an oppressive racist culture, it reminds us that dramatic changes in the world do not happen on a screen. As we enter the last days of 2019, the ‘screen’ plays out in the spin of social media. In […]

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The Width of the Day

I am up extra early today, on the Summer Solstice, not wanting to miss a second of the many light-filled minutes ahead. The sky, in a mercy of gentleness, offers a cover of soft white. But we know where the sun is; we can’t be fooled. The birds sing. The trees are fully fluffed with […]

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Moth Breath

Let a breath come into you. Let it arrive in the place of your felt sense, the place of your ache, your uncertainty, your longing: whatever is coming up in this moment for you in your body and your heart. Let a soft sound arrive in this place, and let a sound be carried on the […]

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In Her Voice

How do we as women show up in the world? How do we claim our presence as unique individuals, as well as part of a very important movement into greater feminine consciousness? Our voices are not only about creative expression, they are also a very real vocalization process that engages the core of our sensory […]

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Hearing the Ghost Notes

In a quiet private room of a therapists office, sometimes shouts are heard. In a moment of distress, a howl can be a long overdue reclamation of personal power and freedom. There is a time and place for this level of noise.  Yet in a caring conversation between two people in heartfelt alliance, there can […]

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Gravity and Flight

Yesterday I presented a workshop entitled “Recovering Vocal Presence after Sexual Trauma” at the Colorado Counseling Association annual conference in Denver. I had a wonderful experience with some very engaged participants who were quite animated about this work I do with Essential Voice Expression, and ready to learn more in my upcoming workshop, “7 Notes […]

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The Risk to Blossom

.. and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  – attributed to Anais Nin This beautiful quote is so sensorily evocative. One can viscerally experience the sensations of the tightness of the bud and how painful it can be in […]

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Boundary Calls

A key aspect to vocal recovery is establishing a safe, secure place from which to express oneself. The second ‘note’ of 7 Notes to Freedom  – a step by step path to vocal reclamation – is called Boundary Calls. Many among us have experienced the trauma or hurt of having our unique voices (core expressions […]

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52 Card Pickup

I have been moving through a transition these past few weeks, and perhaps I am not alone. So much seems to be in flux these days in the world, and I hear uncertainty and fear voiced by many in daily conversations with friends and clients. My own transition has been a very positive one: I […]

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What Rory Told Me.

Many many years ago I had a dream. The details of the dream have faded, but one scene remains clear. I encountered a wise woman, in the form of blues guitarist/singer Rory Block. (The unconscious mind is a creative genius!) I asked Rory what I should do with my life. “Why am I here?” She laughed, and […]

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