Category Archives: openheartedness

My Essay Featured on Agate Magazine

One of the many rewards that flowed from my yearlong training to become a master steward of the St. Croix Watershed is the connection I made with Sharon Day, an Ojibwe water protector and leader of Nibi “Water” Walks. I joined Day … Continue reading

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The Work of Adulting . . .

never ends. I’m so pleased and proud to have an essay publish on Grown and Flown this week. The essay explores a few difficult junctures of letting go as my oldest–my daughter–has spread her wings in life. Please check it out! H teaching her little … Continue reading

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#AWP17 Conference Report — Heidi Fettig Parton on “The Craft of Empathy”

Originally posted on Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies:
#AWP17 Panel Report: F151 The Craft of Empathy Description: Writing with empathy in mind, especially in nonfiction, can create texture in our work and be transformative for both writer and reader.…

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A Rilke Sonnet in a Month of Dental Pain

Quiet friend who has come so far, feel how your breathing makes more space around you. Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell. And as you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back and … Continue reading

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The Challenge

The challenge now seems to be to hold our hearts open wide, in a continuous grieving for the victims of violence, some of it loud and dramatic, some silent and almost escaping notice; to feel how we breathe the same … Continue reading

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