Joan Leof is the author of the memoir Fatal If Swallowed: Reclaiming Creativity and Hope Along the Uncharted Path. A collection of 20 of her published personal essays appears in her book Maytryoshka: Uncovering Your Many Selves Through Writing. As the creator of Write to Heal, she facilitates journal workshops for groups and individuals.
Whittling Me Smooth
Craft, Aging, and the Beauty of Wood
The Stradivarius in the Spruce: Writing Heals
Let writing be your liberator. There may just be a violin trapped within you, ju…
My Wooden Bowl: Container of Contentment?
“I was intrigued three decades ago when I learned that Mahatma Ghandi ate all of…
Rocking Rocky: Finding a Peak Experience
How a Dog Changed My Life
Inspiration at 100: Lessons From Sarah, Ruby, and Sadie
Never too old: Inspiration from centenarians Sarah, Ruby, and Sadie—“I did not h…
Living a Full Circle, Aging, and Coming to Terms With Death
“Could they imagine that the bikini scar left across my pelvis after my uterus w…
The Shirt off My Back
Would you give the shirt off your back? This practice has brought the author joy…
Forest Bathing in My Own Backyard
“I am hoping the researchers are right when they say that breathing in and touch…
Keeping a Soul Print Journal
A unique approach to capturing special moments in your life.
Third Time’s The Charm
Sometimes, relationships take a few tries to stick.
Discovering New Kin
Collecting an imaginary album, where places in nature have made their mark.
Trees I’ve Loved
How nature can play a part in feeling at home and nurture your well-being.
Bead by Bead
A spiritual journey nourished by constant self-reflection and meditation mala beads.
How to Fully Embrace the Hype of Aging
The fountain of youth may be this collection of really old people.