Since September 12, I've been soaking up and basking in Patti Digh's VerbTribe ecourse ... an early birthday present to myself. Writing is my creative first love. Since my early teens, few things have brought me more comfort or given me more confidence than putting pen to paper. I've maintained a blog for the better part of 12 years, but this year I've been droopy as a writer, avoiding both the page and screen. So how could I pass up the opportunity to be guided by and learn from one of my favorite authors? I am feeling inspired again! For teachers like Patti and my friend, Amy, who not only serve as role models by living what they love but teaching it as well, I am so deeply grateful.