The real beauty, value and purpose of writing, and any art form, is not the final product, the readers response or commercial success. It’s the transformation of the writer from the experience. And art will transform you – writing every day will change your life. That’s why we procrastinate or rush to it, often simultaneously – it’s scary and exciting and we know we must keep evolving. Rapid evolution and radical self-care are really what we all need and what the world needs from us.
Sharing my process here of quick writing to get thoughts down when they are fresh. Much like morning writing that's a stream-of-consciousness of whatever bubbles up, the unedited, listing of observations builds attention to detail, and helps demystify the writing process. I have always loved lists, so that's what works for me. Not always complete … Continue reading T. Dean’s List: Notes from a Sunday bike ride on Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina
Welcome to my new site and first body / mind / spirit list of 2018! 1. Body Yoga with Adriene Videos from this Austin-based teacher, actor and entrepreneur are inspiring over 2 million followers on YouTube. For those of us who don't like group exercise classes, it's a great way to stretch and breathe at … Continue reading T. Dean’s List – Body / Mind / Spirit # 1
It’s the Food! (***This series was originally published in December 2013.) Part 1: The Rambling I see “Well, look what I found!” in the email subject line from my college pal and expect to laugh at a film clip from undergrad projects 25 years ago. Instead I’m shocked to be face-to-face with myself in a … Continue reading My Health Recovery Story: It’s the food!
This year as I celebrate 20 years of teaching Write Your Life as a Woman, I’m sharing some older articles and columns inspired by the class. “Clues, Advice and Thanks” originally appeared in skirt magazine in 1997, the first year I led a memoir writing class, which led me to create Write Your Life as a Woman. Clues, … Continue reading Clues, Advice and Thanks
To set the structure for the class, I created this contract. Most items apply well to life also! Write Your Life with T. Dean Adams Class Contract © I, _____________________________________________, on this ______ day of _____________, 20__, do bravely enter into this agreement, with myself, to treat myself to the soul-filling creative experience of a … Continue reading Write Your Life – class contract
This year as I celebrate 20 years of teaching Write Your Life as a Woman, I’m sharing some older articles and columns inspired by the class. Crocheting and Crying by T. Dean Adams This article originally appeared in skirt! magazine in 1998. For the past year I have had the urge to crochet. Though I rarely have maternal … Continue reading Crocheting and Crying