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 […]

Where Does She Go?

By Dina Varellas, TIWP Women’s Writing Program “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ― Brené Brown Where does she go, […]


By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Let the demons do their dance. You’ll never know how whole you are until your darkness has a chance to shine. What if the devil inside is divine?

A Blessing for Giving

By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program May all who’ve harmed be forgiven and may all who’ve forgiven be healed.

A List of Paradoxical Ponderings

By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I backpacked alone. solo into the santa cruz redwoods for a single night of solitude. stopping here and there to admire the world through the lens of the forest. pondering as I powered through the towering trees and dark muddy earth beneath my feet. stopping here and there […]

I Want

Thoughts from a 53 year old woman, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I want to figure out my “next” purpose. I want to contribute something. I want to make sure my girls are OK. I want to learn. I want to travel. I want to have fun with my husband. I want our relationship to be […]