Writing

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“For when you write, if it is to be any good at all, you must feel free — free and not anxious . . . Yes, it has made me like working to see that writing is not a performance but a generosity.”  —   Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write

“Style takes its final shape more from attitudes of mind than from principles of composition, for, as an elderly practitioner once remarked, ‘Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.’  This moral observation would have no place in a rule book were it not that style is the writer, and therefore what you are, rather than what you know, will at last determine your style.”  — E.B. White, The Elements of Style

Although I’ve always been a writer, I’ve worked mainly as a freelance editor over the past decade.  As I helped shape the words and ideas of others, I found blogging for myself very therapeutic.  So most of my own writing happened on my blog — until recently when I put my editor’s hat in the back of my closet and started to spend more time with a pen and notebook again.  And I’m thrilled!  I usually write by hand before I type my words onto a screen.  I find that my thoughts flow more naturally on paper.  Also, after recently discovering the poet-philosopher David Whyte, I am rediscovering my own love for writing poetry.

I’m a monthly contributor to a homeschooling magazine called Wild + Free. You can find their publications here.

I’ve written for the Seaside Institute, an educational non-profit in Seaside, Florida; Rhythm of the Home Magazine; the Leelanau Conservancy, a land trust in my home county in Northern Michigan; Wild + Free Magazine; Natural Food Cooperative Newsletters, and Grand Traverse Woman — among other publications.  Here are a few pieces from the past few years — with links to PDFs, other websites, and my previous blog, amabellen.

Family Game Play :: Winter 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Joy in the Making :: Calendula Salve :: Winter 2016

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Dipping Leaves :: Autumn 2016

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World In A Bottle :: Spring 2016

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Deep Ties to the Northport Bluffs :: Fall 2015

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Kiessel Brothers Share a Love for Farming :: Fall 2014

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Calendula: At Work in the Garden :: Summer 2014

 

 

 

 

 

My Leelanau Love Story :: Winter 2014

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We Harvest Garlic :: Summer 2014

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Fishing Together :: Summer 2013

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Furry Murderers :: Summer 2013

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Simplicity Parenting, Revisited :: Summer 2012

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Zen and the Art of Puppy Training :: Summer 2012

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A Gousty Tree :: Winter 2012

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Alice: A Confession :: Winter 2009

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