The Right to Write: I Eat with My Eyes (book club)

image by Lívia Cristina L. C.

image by Lívia Cristina L. C.

I drive with the windows down and the air conditioning on. The sun burns through the windshield and though the air is cool, I must let the breeze ripple my hair, feel the wildness of strands licking face. I have the music loud—it fills the air around me, drifts out and spills onto the road I leave behind.

I remember this—this wild abandon. Running away from home. A windblown reckless feeling. Music soothing raw emotions.

But this is different. A happy running away. A running to. I drive into the future.

tendril of gray
ribbon unravels
from the horizon and
meets me here, under
four tires. the trees
know my name and

reach for me with
white arms, shoulders
bared and beautiful, roots
steeped in gems that
take flight—move as
one, a wind-shaken sheet

of color waving and
swaying to the music
of the road. a lonely
cow peers through
doleful eyes, lows
softly in my wake.

I drive into the sky.

When I drive, the places I pass become mythical memories … vibrant colors, quaint villages, loquacious livestock. My imagination soars.
Julia Cameron understands.

I am very aware that the art of writing devours images and that if I am going to write deeply, frequently, and well, I must keep my inner pond of images very well stocked. When I want to restock my images, I get behind the wheel of my car.

My everyday images lose their luster in the ho-hum drudgery of life. Sometimes beauty can be better seen from a few paces back … or through an open window, driving by. Loping hills and grassy meadows stir my appetite for words. Rich sunsets create a poetry all their own.

 …As a writer, I eat with my eyes, and that sumptuous sunset sated my appetite. Today I am hungry to write.

Next week in our book club discussion of The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life, we explore Roots, ESP, and Cheap Tricks. See you on the page!

Week 11: Friendly Reader
Week 10: Feed the Horses
Week 9: Honesty’s Shy Younger Sister
Week 8: In Praise of Happiness
Week 7: Writing as Prayer
Week 6: The Letter
Week 5: I Go Alone
Week 4: Witness
Week 3: Invite the Muse to Tea
Week 2: Write from Love
Week 1: Start Where You Are
Introduction: Invitation

Above image by Lívia Cristina L. C., sourced via Flickr, used with permission.

Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World

Playdates with God cover

Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World is the story of how a simple invitation to play can open our eyes to joy and call us back to an intimate relationship with God.

Do you remember when you first fell in love? When you fell in love with Jesus, was it much the same? Did you spend countless hours poring over Scripture? Did sleep suddenly seem mundane as you rose at pre-dawn each day to meet with him? Was every sunset an expression of his love and did every sermon hold a secret message just for you? Isn't this the place we all long to return to within our spiritual lives? We desire the bliss of an intimate, unrestrained love relationship with God.

Playdates with God is the story of how, when we step out of our ordinary grown-up lives and set aside time for wonder, we open our hearts to be wooed back to our first love—to the excitement we felt when we first fell in love with Jesus. But this is more than a story about falling in love.

It’s about staying in love.

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