Author Archives: Heidi Fettig Parton

About Heidi Fettig Parton

I hold an MFA in creative nonfiction from Bath Path University. I write at the intersection of ecological and spiritual issues; I also write about the common experiences that unfold across women's lives, including marriage, motherhood, work matters (and vocation), divorce, and sexuality. Oh, and poetry is my drug of choice.

Ann Klotz on The Writing Life

Sometimes, you meet a person who just opens your heart and soul. This past October, I met writer Ann Klotz at a Kate Hopper retreat. Ann and I had known one another online for a while, but this was our … Continue reading

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Ten Year Night Playlist

My love, my latest CD mix for you is our origin story, told in 15 songs. This thing called “we” is a space we first began to occupy on this night, ten years ago, at Lee’s Liquor Lounge. Multiple things … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Holding Back

I’m always holding back. I hold back my writing, because maybe I’ll use it somewhere else someday. Maybe there will be a better time or place to put my words out into the world. I hold back feelings of hope … Continue reading

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Another Amazing Divorce Essay, Not Mine

Today, I’m struggling through my first cold in over a year. It’s actually somewhat of a relief. I questioned whether my immune system was in overdrive this past year, never letting me get the colds that passed through the other … Continue reading

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I Do Not Have Dreadlocks, or Do I?

I wrote the poem, “I Do Not Have Dreadlocks,” just before turning 40, when my youngest was still a baby. My youngest turned eight years old yesterday and I have dreadlocks now, at least sort of, kind of, maybe. Never … Continue reading

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Brilliant Essay (not mine) on Parenting Post-Divorce

I’ve been rather busy this month. I think I’m back at my writing desk now, for the school year. I have nothing to share quite yet, but will provide a link to Penny Guisinger’s brilliant essay, which captures the experience … Continue reading

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Cabin Culture

Do you have a place to go when you need to reconnect with yourself or your past self? Do you have a place to go when you need emotional grounding or your soul needs tethering? Do you have a place … Continue reading

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