Rachel’s first book, “365 Words of Well-Being for Women,” — along with its Barnes & Noble reprint version, “Words of Wisdom for Women” — has inspired tens of thousands of women (and men!) with Rachel’s down-to-earth, highly accessible nuggets of empowering spiritual wisdom.
Two other books, “365 Words of Well-Being for Mothers” (McGraw-Hill 2002) and “What There Is To Love About A Man” (Sourcebooks 1999), are currently out-of-print and awaiting revival.
Rachel’s signature brand of word-at-a-time wisdom has also been featured in American Baby, McCall’s, and Massachusetts-based The Women’s Times. Her prose is now available on Blue Mountain Arts cards and anthologies.
In 2010, Blue Mountain Press (Boulder, Colorado) released “Be Filled with Faith: Words of Well-Being to Strengthen Your Spirit” — a universally spiritual adventure that expands and transcends traditional notions of the meaning of faith.
A dynamic and inspired speaker and performer, Rachel adores the stage (any stage!). Her one-woman show, “All The Women We Are,” debuted in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in the mid-90s, followed up by solo performance art at the Boulder (Colorado) Museum of Contemporary Art; ensemble work with Boulder-based Goddess Theatre (God, Guilt & Gefilte Fish); and, in 2007, a performance of The Vagina Monologues presented by deaf and hearing cast members in Broomfield, Colorado.
Rachel’s yet-to-be-published manuscripts include “When The Spring Breeze Come Dancin’ By,” a novella-length work of literary fiction now under consideration for agent representation. Although fiction, the story’s underlying themes incude psychological/emotional fragmentation and the innate human capacity to seek integration and wholeness above all else.
Beginning in 2008, Rachel’s creative work moved toward her rich, evocative poetry, which continues to find great resonance among people worldwide who are seeking wholeness, hope, balance, faith, and spiritual meaningfulness along life’s oft-challenging and mystical journey.
In 2009, her “Prayer for Inclusion” garnered First Place as “The Inaugural Poem We Should Have Had” (www.absolutewrite.com), and her poem, “Migration,” received Honorable Mention from Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature.
Rachel lives in rural southeastern Colorado, surrounded by more cows than people.
Photo credit: Rickphoto.com / Richard Cummings Photography
Greetings from Pensacola, this is Ed, not Dawn. Love your website, so many good things on here–you are very talented!
Welcome, Ed, and thanks for the kind words. I hope you’ll “Be Whole Now” often. (And thanks to Dawn for the connection.)
I am so glad I found you!
SoulSeed pouches are one-of-a-kind knitted pouches (seed stitch: K1, P1) in various sizes, shapes and colors. Each one invites you to fill it with the “seeds” of whatever you wish to create in your life. I crafted each one with odds and ends of yarn (usually working with one, two, or three strands at a time, and then adorned with bits of beads, earrings, buttons, etc.). I named them things like Seeds of Forgiveness, Seeds of Ancient Wisdom, Seeds of Relentless Joy, and sold and gifted some around the holidays. Making them is a great practice: I let each leftover ball or skein of wool tell me where it wanted to go, knitted a rectangle until it was time to stop, then folded it into a shape with a flap, and finished it off. Knitting therapy at its best, even for beginners! I love all the knitting/weaving metaphors: reconnecting scraps and bits of pieces into a new, whole cloth; going back and picking up stitches you dropped along the way; etc. I’m sure I’ll do a blog post on knitting at some point. And yes, I’ll try to get a picture posted, too. As for Rick’s photo work: The man’s a master!
What’s a SoulSeed pouch? May we see a picture? Also, the picture Rick took of you really captures YOU! It’s wonderful!