“I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.”
C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

The first time I wrote about grief — my grief — was in college, several years after my mother’s passing…


“Darling, you have no idea what’s possible.”

What is self-identity to a God? After all, they’re Gods. Their supreme sense of identity seems intrinsically embedded within their divine DNA. …


Sometimes, there is no light.

Sometimes, it’s so dark that even the stars can’t reach you. You plead for the clouds to move for a glimmer of light, for a glimmer of hope to appear. But at the new moon, there is no light. …


Holacracy has some takeaways any business can benefit from.

Leadership within a traditional hierarchical structure is typically the one with which most organizations are familiar: a top-down format within a triangle where managers are the main decision makers. So what happens when that structure becomes a hierarchy of work rather than a hierarchy of people? …


“All improvement happens project by project and in no other way.” — Joseph Juran

More commonly known as the 80/20 rule, the Pareto Principle has widespread applications across many different fields such as mathematics, economics, health, and business. So what exactly is it and how can it benefit your organization?

Several variations of the 80/20 rule apply to multiple business areas ranging from project…


“After 50 years in this business, I have a few firsts left.”

Fifty years. That’s a lot of life experience to draw from and feed creative endeavours such as new albums. And when looking at five decades of Tanya Tucker’s career, the numbers have quite a story to tell.

19: The number of years it’s been since Tanya Tucker put out a…


And you don’t have to work in Hollywood to benefit from it.

Upon receiving the esteemed Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2020 Golden Globes — an honor given in recognition of an astounding career and contribution to the world of entertainment — national treasure Tom Hanks gave some timeless advice that doesn’t just apply to those in Hollywood.

Speaking to a…


Rosalyn stepped outside, taking in the new day. The rising sun’s rays began warming the castle’s east wall; a thin mist hovered above the ground. She walked across the expansive grounds and down to the dock. Tiny fish darted in between the water lilies. The water changed from clear to…


This past weekend I ate at my usual breakfast spot. A local favorite, this place is always busy with a line out the door. Enjoying the morning ambiance and delicious food, I suddenly heard a loud sound from the kitchen: dishes breaking. …


I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
— T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

It’s the middle of November and there’s a familiar ache growing, the depths of December approaching. Each year, the window between my birthday…

Erica Spelman

Word Herder, Righter of Grammar Wrongs. I like to write about pop culture, mythology, and finding meaning in unlikely places.

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