Selected Essays & Articles

“Deep Song: Envoicing the Motherline” (2014)

“Camino Lessons: Variations on the Theme of Pilgrimage” (2013)

“Simple Days: A Coda,” The Diarist’s Journal, #3 (Fall 2003)

“Saturating Language with Love: Variations on a Dream,” in Wise Women: Reflections of Women Teaching at Mid-Life, Routledge Press (2000)

“Taking Things Personally: Women, Journal Writing, and Self-Creation,” The National Women's Studies Association Journal, 6.2 (Summer 1994)

“Spinning the Web of Life: Feminism, Ecology, and Christa Wolf,” (with Steven M. Rosen), The Trumpeter, 7.1 (Winter 1990)


Reader Comment

“On reading ‘Deep Song: Envoicing the Motherline.’ There is something deeply moving about integration in a life – wherever and whenever one is able to do that. Our inner being KNOWS when that has happened. It feels deep and rich, and oozing with honey each time we recognize that success in someone else’s writing or in our own. It’s like an inner gong that is struck, and the reverberating waves of sound drop us into a place of peace and space. I am always searching for that “click” when all the disparate parts of self – the individual threads – come together to create a tapestry. It is an ache towards which the work is always moving, as though the soul is searching to join its parts. This was my experience while reading Marlene’s ‘Deep Song’ essay.”  (NF)