Category Archives: Dara’s Own Reflections

Using reflective writing to uncover and understand my own experience

Explore Your Senses and Write

Want to write and don’t know what to write about? Explore your senses and write about the experience as fully as you can. Put a strawberry in your mouth. Let your mouth feel it before you bite into it. Take … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons Why Writing is Transformative

Writing changes us. When we create text, the self-reflexive process of writing allows us to interact with ourselves, our minds, our feelings. The inward and outward direction of our awareness during the writing process transforms our experience our understanding, our … Continue reading

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Storytelling for Writers

Listening to some great stories today during a storytelling performance session reminded me that the art of storytelling can be an excellent exercise for writers. To tell a story artfully, capturing the listener’s attention, a storyteller must know all the … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

I live by the academic calendar and have for most of my life, so for me the new year starts in early fall, not January. The beginning of the new school years brings freshness, excitement, and a time for new … Continue reading

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Summer in the Universe

I’m spending some time away from work this summer. So, for the next month, I’ll be somewhere in the universe other than my office–for the most part. My blog will return in the fall as I continue to reflect on … Continue reading

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Change is Constant

Reflections on change seem to arise naturally out of the news these days. From earthquakes and tsunamis to tornadoes and floods, change is affecting thousands and thousands of people. Even at a distance from these disasters, we are affected by observing … Continue reading

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Dara’s Top Ten Favorite Short Stories

All literature majors, whether undergraduate or graduate, eventually sit around and discuss what they would put on their lists of favorite stories, novels, poems, or plays. Though my lists tends to disassemble and reassemble themselves, my top-ten list of short … Continue reading

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Reflection–Dynamism and Stasis

I’m caught by the notion of stasis implicit in the dynamics of reflection. When we think visually of a reflection, for example, mountains and trees reflected in a pool of water, the dynamism occurs in the act of reflection–the bending … Continue reading

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Road Trip Shepherdess

I may not have been herding sheep but taking even a small group of college students on a road trip can be a wandering and confusing drive. Where were those idyllic moments when I expected to be gazing at the lovely Iowa … Continue reading

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On the Road Home

The road trip I’ve repeated most often in my life runs from Iowa to North Carolina and back again. For much of my adult life I’ve lived in Iowa, but my family home was in NC, so two or three … Continue reading

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