By Lisa Danylchuk, TIWP Women’s Writing Program One foot in front of the other Softly they landin rhythm connecting to the earth the sandthe dirt it’s shade evolving from brown to red to purple to gravel leaves drop down while others clingto the trees the cold air of morning turns warm embraces my skin as water rises to its surface left foot right foot breathing out and in the motion becomes profound stillnessas Time slips away ideas arise thoughts sort throughone […]


By Lisa Danylchuk, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I am an ocean full of life within me fluid salt entire communities of organisms thriving going about their days I am a biodiverse environment I am a space for creation experience transition within me the wisdom of the whales the playful spirit of the dolphin the rage of the tsunami the smooth reflective surface that allows you to look in and see yourself and everything in life with […]

Shelter In Place

By Elaine Fawcett Gast, TIWP Women’s Program I went for a walk today. It was eight minutes of alone time. The rain stopped and I slipped out the garage door. Damp air. My fingers went white. I walked in a circle, around one neighborhood block, wondering how the world can at once be so quiet, […]


By Elaine Gast Fawcett, TIWP Women’s Program What is the joy I want to feel and embody and embrace?  What is the joy that wishes to come through me? So many times this joy feels elusive.  It’s the thing I want more than anything, to feel vibrant, alive, awake, living in love, vibrating in the […]

Any Way You Want It

By Dina Varellas, TIWP Women’s Program I want to wake up every morning at 7:00 a.m. well rested with 7-8 hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep I want my cat, Jax, who I have attempted to train also to wake me up no later than 7:00 a.m. I want to sit on my balcony every morning […]

Fear or Love

By Elaine Gast Fawcett, TIWP Women’s Program What am I so afraid of? I’m afraid of getting to the end of life and feeling I’ve wasted it. I’m afraid of suffering. I’m afraid of losing those I love. I’m afraid of bad things happening to my kids. I’m afraid of annihilation. I’m afraid of failing. […]

The Stress of Waiting

By Anna Jurgens, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Waiting carries great stress if productivity equals success. Is it a capitalistic burden or a gift from prior generations? Does it create more productivity or just fill the void of waiting? Are we frightened of what our minds will do or just so well-trained that productivity provides a […]

I Am A Student

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student I am a student. It seems like school is what makes up my life. And sadly, it really does. I like to think people are doing what their heart desires, and that on weekends they deep dive into their crazy endeavors. But for me, most of the time, I’m doing […]

Feeling Warm Again

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student Girls are cold, cold as ice. A group of them is even worse. They make it clear that you are unwanted. They make you feel like being different is the worst thing to be. But you stay. You want to feel wanted and maybe if you just spend a little […]


By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student My dress swished against the tall grass as I ran. The white linen brushed the feathery reeds, each speaking in a brief moment of connection before I was gone. The ground was damp underfoot, my bare feet propelled by the bounce of the earth. My long dress swished over the […]