How Can a Fantasy Story Help Heal the Culture of Toxic Masculinity?
“In creative work [we] are not trying to help the world go around, but forward.”
Our vacation on the Oregon coast was lovely, with perfect weather—but then we headed back to California. In Arcata, we discovered that the 2017 firestorm in Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino was between us and our home. Driving down Hwy 101 South through the thick smoke and burned areas is the closest I have yet... Read More
When looking for something to read, what does your soul long for?
Something juicy, freeing, or inspiring?
Something that leads you deeper into the mystery of life?
That opens your heart and thrills you with wondrous possibilities?
The best fantasy novels offer all this wrapped up in a fascinating story with strong characters and lyrical writing. At the least, they offer an escape into worlds of imagination where we can go on adventures beyond the confines of so-called reality.
In... Read More
Writing from Darkness:
How The Star-Seer’s Prophecy Trilogy was Born
When I first began receiving and writing this story of wounding and healing, evil and redemption, suffering and forgiveness, I had no plan or purpose to write any such thing. But the story came through me in a dark, wild, creative rush, and I did not resist. It was a process of writing from darkness… from the unknown… from the fertile void.
Through my own inner work, I... Read More
My love of our Mother Earth has deep roots. I knew my grandmother only as an old, stern woman. But, long after she passed on, among old family papers, I found a poem she wrote about her love of “The Mountains” (see below.)
Her son, my father, took us camping every summer, as his family did when he was young. He studied the very essence of earth – her blanket of soil that nurtures all life. (He was a soils... Read More
A Story that Heals: An Interview with a Survivor
“I could safely start to heal old wounds …And it all happened through the story…”
In this interview, Tetja Ann Barbee shares how reading my fantasy novel, Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy, inspired her to forgive, and to deepen her own recovery process.
1. What was it like for you while reading Dark Innocence?
“In the beginning the author Rahima Warren, a licensed, experienced psychotherapist (now retired), makes... Read More
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