“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
I love Rilke's writing. All of the thoughts and stories that swirl around my mind every day, all day, somehow relate to it. The point really is to live everything, isn't it? -- the ups, downs, the all-arounds.
My everything includes longterm recovery, yoga, love, world travel, activism, parenting and other life adventures. It also includes healing from trauma, alcoholism, depression, infertility, familial estrangement, menopausal madness, illness and death of my 2 biggest fans, and 30 years of chronic pain.
I've been blessed with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Living the questions for as long as I can remember, I question and observe everything and everyone. Sometimes I do this with elegance and grace and other times, not so much. (I used to have a business called Rough Around the Edges Arts.) I'm a work in progress, and I don't mind talking about it.
I've come to believe in living big. Originally from the Bronx, then Connecticut, the Rocky Mountain West has been home since 1990. My husband and I live in Lyons, Colorado with rescue dogs (2), a fancy Russian Blue cat (also a rescue) named Bill and the occasional fox, black bear and mountain lion. Our daughter Marin is a college student in New York, but still lives with us in the summers! I love the mountains, but I'm unequivocally an ocean person.
My personal essays/snippets have been called 'hilarious', 'brutally honest' and 'brave'...I'm interested in mining real life stories--sometimes painful--for the good stuff. It's taken me a long time to embrace this writing life. I'm happy to be here, and hope you will resonate with some words I've put together.
On working with clay:
The textures, forms and endless creations that come from a block of clay is fascinating. I returned to the pottery studio after 20 years away, and I love it more than ever. With aging comes the beautiful freedom to just create.
Thanks for your interest! Please stay tuned for more.
Lori Stott is a member of AWP, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Boulder Media Women, Boulder Writers Workshop (also a board member) and Writing it Real Community and Resource Center.