(Image of Shaman from National Geographic) Recently, one of my friends sent this quote with a book reading announcement for the author Chinua Achebe: "One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised." It resonated with me so much that I had to grab it and use it in my email signature. Throughout my life integrity has been a unifying theme. It is a motivator, a consideration, guiding force and inspiration. Integrity is about being true to your self—being authentic. It is why I chose to become a writer and an artist. It has also kept me from doing some things and encouraged me to quit doing some other things I have been fully immersed in. About a month ago someone said something to me that was so rude, fundamentally destructive, hurtful and unexpected that it pierced me. Shaman know we are (at least most of us) punctured by a variety of wholes inflicted on the journey of the life passage. This one whole got me to thinking. Your soul is
The virtual studio of author and artist Stephanie Rose Bird brings together artistic process and reflection with the literary arts, in a manner that is designed to be instructive and inspirational.