Priscilla Stuckey

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Priscilla Stuckey is a writer and spiritual counselor with a passion for reconnecting people with nature. Her first book, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, won the 2013 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction. She received a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and has taught in the graduate programs of Prescott College (AZ) and Naropa University (CO). She has worked on behalf of the Earth through volunteering in wildlife rehab, revegetating urban creeks, and cofounding a local rights-of-nature group. From her home next to the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, she mentors people (by phone) in the art of listening to nature, especially the nature-wisdom source that a person can reach through their own heart ...more

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Priscilla Stuckey I write when something wants to be written. I am not a daily-dose kind of writer, and I don't generally teach that method either. (But I DO believe in…moreI write when something wants to be written. I am not a daily-dose kind of writer, and I don't generally teach that method either. (But I DO believe in putting in years of writing practice to become skillful with words.) My experience as both a writer and an editor suggests that the best writing happens when someone feels the urge to express a thought or feeling. Finding that thread of excitement or passion, then following it, is key.

Now sometimes I know there's something that wants to be said but I can't quite find that thread of excitement or passion to say it. At those times I might pick up a book or an article by one of my favorite writers and just sink into their words. A poet or writer you love is sure-fire inspiration.(less)
Priscilla Stuckey I actually don't believe in writer's block—as if there's one such thing. I think what we often call writer's block is just a temporary lack of…moreI actually don't believe in writer's block—as if there's one such thing. I think what we often call writer's block is just a temporary lack of inspiration.

Maybe you're tired—either physically tired or tired of the topic you sat down to write about. In those cases it's best to either take a nap or find something more refreshing to do! Like taking a walk. Or, as I often do, turning to the words of authors who inspire me. Turning to someone else's words for a while can get the creative juices flowing again.

Or take a walk in nature and focus on each of your senses in turn. During that walk, don't allow yourself to think about your writing assignment—or anything else, for that matter. Feel, sense, look, and listen instead of thinking. You will return refreshed.

Other times we may feel stymied because what we're writing about is difficult to say—emotionally difficult. In those cases, breathe. Feel any feelings that might arise. Keep breathing. Take a break from the intensity, if needed, and come back to it later.

Or we might be afraid of putting such a personal experience out in the world. In that case, remind yourself—as I often have to remember—that readers will go to your work, not to learn about you, but to learn about themselves. Your best writing service is to describe your piece of human experience as fully and honestly as possible; that's what will allow others to connect with it.

So, in other words, I never advise, when a person is feeling stuck, just to push harder. It's more fruitful, I think, to take a few moments to notice what is happening on a deeper level and to take care of yourself as needed.
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The tide was exceptionally low, exposing a rock face usually submerged. And there on the rock clung a purple (or ochre) sea star, the first I’d seen. Locals here on Lopez Island were excited to hear about it; sea stars in the Salish Sea have been scarce since they suffered a species-wide viral disease in 2013, their numbers only recently growing again. This summer they are returni...

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“If mind belongs to humans alone, then stones, trees, and streams become mere objects of human tinkering. We can plunder the earth's resources with impunity, treating creeks and mountaintops in Kentucky or rivers in India or forests in northwest America as if they existed only for economic development. Systems of land and river become inert chunks of lifeless mud or mechanical runs of H2O rather than the living, breathing bodies upon which we and all other creatures depend for our very lives.

Not to mention what 'nature as machine' has done to our emotional and spiritual well-being. When we regard nature as churning its way forward mindlessly through time, we turn our backs on mystery, shunning the complexity as well as the delights of relationship. We isolate ourselves from the rest of the creatures with whom we share this world. We imagine ourselves the apex of creation -- a lonely spot indeed. Human minds become the measure of creation and human thoughts become the only ones that count. The result is a concept of mind shorn of its wild connections, in which feelings become irrelevant, daydreams are mere distractions, and nighttime dreams -- if we attend to them at all -- are but the cast-offs of yesterday's overactive brain. Mind is cut off from matter, untouched by exingencies of mud or leaf, shaped by whispers or gales of wind, as if we were not, like rocks, made of soil.

And then we wonder at our sadness and depression, not realizing that our own view of reality has sunk us into an unbearable solipsism, an agony of separateness -- from loved ones, from other creatures, from rich but unruly emotions, in short, from our ability to connect, through senses and feeling and imagination, with the world that is our home.”
Priscilla Stuckey, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature

“[But] just as unseen worlds unfold to those who read a book, so worlds hidden to hurried sight unfold to those who choose to spend more than a few moments cultivating their relationship with nature. Paying attention is the key: we interact with each other when we allow it to engage our attention, when we 'read' it with absorption, as we would read a book. [Even] the ficus tree in the office cubicle or the oak planted in the urban sidewalk offers undreamed-of wonders to those who pay attention. Just because to literate people reading a book is unremarkable, available to anyone who can learn the alphabet, it is no less magical. Among my people, children are taught to read books; among some other peoples, children are taught to read the trees.”
Priscilla Stuckey, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature

“And here lies the crux of the matter: to say that nature is personal may mean not so much seeing the world differently as acting differently -- or, to state it another way, it may mean interacting with more-than-human others in nature as if those others had a life of their own and then coming to see, through experience, that these others are living, interactive beings.

"When nature is personal, the world is peopled by rocks, trees, rivers, and mountains, all of whom are actors and agents, protagonists of their own stories rather than just props in a human story. When Earth is truly alive, the world is full of persons, only some of whom are human.”
Priscilla Stuckey, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature

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I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”
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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
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