Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, is a poet, writer, and founder of Transformative Language Arts, who writes poetry, fiction, memoirs, and songs. She offers workshops and writing coaching, and roams the prairies as a visiting scholar. She's pictured here with her administrative assistant, Shay.

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When Life Reboots You: Everyday Magic, Day 980

It occurred to me recently that I'm in the middle of a big life reboot. Thanks to the eye cancer, treatment, and recovery time, I'm in a different season of my life than summer would have led me to believe. But that's what life reboots do: they strip us down to the essentials of staying alive, then re-orient us to see and even be in the world a whole new way. I realize that all of us get rebooted in our lives, and usually more than once, catalyzed by a medical diagnosis, a big loss and plunge into grief, or an [...] Read More

When the World Opens Its Heart to My Ears, Cicadas and All: Everyday Magic, Day 979

It has been a time out of time, or perhaps more accurately, a time landed right in time. Unable to use my eyes as much, I realize how most of my waking hours are encompassed in seeing. Like Dracula, I also have to forgo direct sunlight and generally aim my days toward deep shade. Add to this the pain (thankfully very much receding!) of this eye cancer odyssey, and I burrow deeper into the dark, so far from my regular natural habitat. But there's nothing like pain and healing to guide an anxious mind out of its usual hamster cycles [...] Read More

Nine Reasons to Give a Little (or a Lot): Everyday Magic, Day 978

One of the beautiful cards with Stephen Locke's photography for patrons As many of you know, I'm leaping from my day job of college-level teaching to creating more transformative writing, community-building writing workshops, and a podcast series on the power of words. I'm also asking for your help in supporting this leap. Here are nine reasons to consider being a patron through Patreon, a great online platform that helps writers, artists, innovators, and others do cool stuff in the world. You can see more here. 1. Perks: You get a signed book of your choice, gorgeous greeting [...] Read More

Oh, For the Relief of Pain!: Everyday Magic, Day 977

When the anesthesiologist and nurse started me on Fentanyl last Wednesday, I told them I loved them both, and I meant it. By the end of the five days of hosting the gold heart of radioactive seeds in my right, the pain around in my eye and temple was so intense I was up most of the night before surgery. But once I got to the surgery prep room, told the good people around me of my nausea and pain, all manner of relief ensued: the nurse gave me a small cotton ball with peppermint oil for my nausea, then [...] Read More

“God’s Got You, Baby”: Everyday Magic, Day 976

The lovely view from the porch where I'm spending most of my waking time. That's what Cynthia said as she led me back to the surgery prep room when I told her I was scared. "And don't you worry because God made women stronger so we can get through anything." Cynthia works for St. Luke's hospital in Kansas City, and although I don't know her official capacity, she wears a bright blue and white button that says "success coach." Her words were cool water to me in the desert, pretty literally because I was parched from [...] Read More

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