Under
currents

Undercurrents

As a journalist, I was always drawn to the backstory, the story that flowed beneath the headlines. Maybe it is my affinity for water that makes me want to dive deep. I was born with the name Riviere. which means river in French. When I married Ed Seel, I took him and his name as a part of myself. Seel means soul in German. I am, indeed, a river soul.  

Revision, Renovation, Restoration

Revision, Renovation, Restoration

You Must Revise Your Life, the poet William Stafford famously titled his book of essays on writing poetry. It’s more than a catchy title, and the 1986 book feels a little dated these days. But that title/advice has stayed with me. It’s something that I return to when...

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A Literary Love Affair

A Literary Love Affair

One great big lovefest – that’s how I have described the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival since the first 2006 festival, September 16-17. The festival was the brainchild of the late Charles Price and his wife Ruth. I was honored when Charles asked me to teach a...

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The Last Day

The Last Day

Each yoga class ends with the pose savasana, also called corpse pose and dead man’s pose. It’s a pose intended to relax your body after stretching your body into warrior poses, mountain, down dog, all active and energizing poses. At the end of the session, savasana...

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Life After The Pandemic

Life After The Pandemic

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” —Anatole France Ever since my second Covid-19 booster vaccine I’ve been navigating a post-pandemic...

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Vanishing Act

Vanishing Act

“Do not resent growing old, many are denied the privilege.” – Irish Proverb After my first yoga class in two years without a daily practice, I tell the instructor how much I enjoyed her class. This young woman’s gentle, affirming style was perfect to help me return to...

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Hannah Clare

Hannah Clare

Delicate. That was the diagnosis the veterinarian pronounced when we took our new kitten, Hannah Clare, in for her first check-up in May, 2015. Ed and I had not even officially adopted Hannah and her brother, Tucker Matthias, but were “fostering with intent to adopt.”...

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