Creative Wordshops March 2018 Writing Newsletter

Dear writer, storyteller, reader, traveller, lover of words, images, silences…

That which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of the night ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Houses and Homes

Novels and memoirs often feature houses as in The Glass Castle where a family on the run from debt collectors live in derelict houses. The charismatic alcoholic father feeds his children dreams: All of Dad’s engineering skills and mathematical genius were coming together in one special project: a great big house …in the desert. It would have a glass ceiling and thick glass walls and even a glass staircase. The Glass Castle would have solar cells on the top that would catch the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity …. Dad had worked out the architecture and the floor plans…. He carried around the blueprints for the Glass Castle wherever we went, and sometimes he’d pull them out and let us work on the design for our rooms. All we had to do was find gold, Dad said, and we were on the verge of that.

Houses, huts, mansions, shelters, dwelling places also feature in our memories, dreams and as symbols in our waking life. For the body, for the psyche. And spirit. Many faiths and cultures feature these structures sometimes as a space of safely, dereliction or confinement. Houses express our longing for home.
The Psalmist cries out ‘Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.’ Rumi asks ‘Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?’

March 2018 letter