Welcome to The PoetOwl

This place is for you, for us, to explore loss, joy, being mindful, and the natural world. It’s a cross between a blog, newsletter, journal, and, I hope over time, a conversation.

By loss, I usually mean the death of people or animals we love, though we grieve other losses, too. One hurt unfurls other hurts. Life and love have strings, and they tangle.

More importantly, it’s a place for learning to transcend your grief and cultivate joy every day. Many believe you have to go through grief to get to joy. No.

Joy isn’t a destination—it’s a dimension. Grief and joy co-exist. The challenge is knowing how to take a break from grief, creating space for joy to emerge.

We’re sensory beings, but we often forget how our senses can connect us to the world and back into ourselves. It’s about paying attention to what’s happening around you and within you, right now.

The intention is to offer writing that helps you come back to your senses, know you are on a journey that others share, and inspire a curious passion for living your one-and-only, heartbroken-and-still-beautiful life.

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Award-winning poet & author exploring loss, joy, being mindful & the natural world. I also serve as a Grief & Life Transitions Coach/Mentor after 25+ years as a philanthropy leader and end-of-life planning advisor.