is that I get to read each and every post from the extraordinary writers that contribute to our site.
I find myself consistently surprised, enthralled, moved, and engaged with each piece of writing they send me. I get really excited when I see an email from a blogger with the little paperclip attachment in my inbox. I even feel a little guilty that I get to have the “first glimpse” into their work.
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As all good readers and writers know, many pieces of writing deserve a second look. Oftentimes, when reading something for a second or third time, the piece hits me in a different spot or I find something new that I missed the first time. I think every post on our blog is worth a re-read (or two or three!). But I thought I would share a few posts from 2015 that particularly stuck with me.
It’s hard to find words after a tragedy such as the one that took place in Charleston last month. Sometimes the words of others compel us to add our own voices to the conversation. In this piece, Sophfronia Scott navigates the crucial necessity of forgiveness, and why forgiveness is not for Dylann Roof, but “The forgiveness is for you.”
“I am autistic. And I am ready to write about it.” This first line of Daniel Bowman’s powerful piece about his journey as an artist on the autism spectrum is all you need to be hooked.
April Schmidt shares 17 fantastic writing prompts for recent grads or anyone who needs to get out of a writing slump this summer. The best part: the prompts aren’t restricted to summer writing; you can use them all year long. I’ve used a few this summer with interesting results! My personal favorites: numbers 10 and 15.
Nicole Rollender wrestles with the question: how do we deal with rejection? Should we approach artistic rejection the same way we approach our spiritual lives? This is a must-read for every artist.
Is being a writer or artist a “responsible” profession? If you’ve had a moment where, like Scott, you’ve felt art become a “mechanical errand,” then you’ll enjoy his poignant advice on how to drown out the voice of doubt and continue the work you love.
Again, I think you should go back and read every Ruminate Blog post.
Trust me; I’ve gone through them all. There are (many) pearls of beauty and light and wisdom—and you’re bound to find something you’ll want to read aloud, underline, highlight, and keep close to you while you lounge in the summer sun. Do you have a favorite Ruminate Blog
post or author? I’d love to hear your additions to this list in the comments.
Renee Long is a writer, editor, (sometimes) teacher, and novice scuba diver living in San Diego, CA. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing Fiction from Florida Atlantic University. Her work has been published in Crazyhorse, The Cossack Review, Rock and Sling, and Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry. She blogs in the second person at http://www.reneelongblogs.com
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I make it a point on this walk to find nature, identify and tag it silently, like an urban anthropologist. It feels like progress. It feels, perhaps, like a down payment on the benefits I’d get from a day in the woods, a week in the mountains, or a night beside the ocean. It’s not the woods, but maybe it’s close enough, I think.
I’m pretty sure there are some of us whose lives don’t work that way ─ people for whom failure seems less a painful moment on a journey and more the destination itself, or sometimes, for me, like the place I’ve been living all my life, wandering in loose circles with my eyes squeezed shut so I can imagine I’m somewhere, anywhere else.
I’m praying for the hurting, yes. I’m praying for the recovery and grace and light to flood where water and fire and pain and evil have raged. But I’m also praying to use my body and my voice better, for my feet to carry me where I can help.