The Abundance of Less

Andy Couturier is the author of the new book, The Abundance of Less: Lessons for Simple Living from Rural Japan. He spent four years studying sustainable living in rural Japan. There, he worked with local environmentalists, wrote for The Japan Times, and studied how Japanese aesthetics can help us develop new forms of writing. Couturier has also hitchhiked across the Sahara desert, been a researcher for Greenpeace, built his own house with hand tools, and taught intuitive writing for more than two decades. He is a student of many different Asian philosophical systems and is fluent in Japanese.

Writer Mama

This is an encore presentation of Paul’s 2007 interview with Christina Katz is the author of the book, Writer Mama; How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids. Christina balances writing with motherhood in the suburbs of Portland. She has written over two hundred articles for magazines, newspapers, and online publications and has appeared on Good Morning America. Christina is editor and publisher of the online zines Writers on the Rise and The Writer Mama. She teaches and speaks at bookstores, MFA programs, writing associations, and writing conferences around the country.

Learning to love the life you have

In our culture of “get more, have more, be more,” is there any place for “good enough is good enough”? Today’s guest offers an inspiring alternative to nonstop striving, self-improvement, and self-criticism. Roger Housden is author of the new book, Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have. He is the author of numerous other books, including Ten Poems to Change Your Life and Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. He offers writing workshops, both live and online, with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration.

Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be

You have everything you need–and you are everything you need–to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. Sage Cohen is the author of Fierce on the Page: Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be and Succeed on Your Own Terms. A veteran author and writing guide, Sage believes that ferocity is your best compass for finding your true way forward.