A New Day Dawns

I walked through timeless windows,
Gazing toward each passing life.
They held so much old grief for me,
and such little delight.

While searching down each alley,
Between each passing pane,
I found a new direction
Along a guarded lane.

The window, cracked and jagged,
A danger to crawl through.
But deep across its landscape,
The horizon, I'm drawn to.

It's not a painted sunset,
And not a starry night,
But a thunderous concoction
Broken through by golden light.

The fiery clouds held purpose
I had yet to know.
So I pushed myself with gritted teeth
Through that dark window.

The storm soon overwhelmed me,
Quite unprepared to know
Its untapped power, its wild dreams,
The beauty of its glow.

But I can breathe the lightning.
I can drink the rain.
And wind and sleet and shock and cold
Have nothing on my pain.

Bring the thunder to me.
Blast it in my heart,
So I will know the awesome blow
Destruction can impart.

Storms won't last forever,
Their nature is to break.
So I will stand within this field,
Accepting what I take.

And when the downpour eases,
When the clouds do break,
I stand here still, with silent breath,
Ready for a second wake.

My heart is ever stronger.
My soul, wild as can be.
The blood rushing through my veins
Knows its destiny.

The golden light grows brighter.
The clouds soon disappear.
With outstretched wings and open arms,
I draw your old heart near.

Envelop me with sadness.
I drink it in like rain.
Infuse me with your tortured soul.
Infect me with your pain.

For I'm an ever-steadfast,
Unending source of light,
And I can trace your broken path
Throughout the darkest night.

When the tangled brush subsides,
I'll show you what I've found,
Where golden light conquers the sky,
And love is all around.

My heart is yours forever.
We are one and the same.
In any life, on any day,
You're in my window pane.

The moon will some day crumble.
The sun will fade and die.
So I choose you, my golden light,
To fill my spirit's sky.

When the thunder rumbles,
And the quake of change is near.
I pray you know this certain truth:
A new day dawns and I am here.

Creative Spark


Let there be light. Creationists and evolutionists do agree on one thing: creation began with light. A spark arose from the void. From there developed this diverse, complex world, filled with life.

Let your ideas flourish. When a spark appears in your mind—when inspiration descends—acknowledge it. Don’t ignore it. Nurture it. Just like a tiny ember, creative sparks need attention, fuel, and upkeep for robust results.
  1. Attention. Write it down. Talk about it. Make it real.
  2. Fuel. Plan your next steps. Take action.
  3. Upkeep. When you encounter obstacles, learn from them and adjust your plan accordingly.
Feed your spark. Encourage it into being. It will grow slowly at first, but then begin building exponentially, and can unfold even beyond your initial scope and goals.

Birthing Inspiration

Director/Producer Jessicca Moore
(photo by Erin Wrightsman)
Jessicca Moore, a family nurse practitioner in Petaluma, CA, is branching out into a compelling filmmaking endeavor. Personal experience and professional integrity has driven her to make a documentary that will change the reputation of home birth in America. Why Not Home? tells the story of doctors and nurses who work in hospital labor and delivery, but chose home birth for themselves. The scope of this project is rapidly gaining attention. We recently had the chance to chat with Moore about her creative pursuits.  

Why a documentary?
At first I wasn’t sure. I had a story I wanted to tell, but should it be an article, a book, something on the web, or a documentary? Generally speaking our culture in this time is very visual. I decided there were plenty of gifted writers taking this on, but visual storytelling was something I felt I could add to the discussion.

What experiences brought you to filmmaking?
I wish I could say I have some great filmmaking experience, but I haven’t until now. It’s been a huge learning curve. As a kid I had fun playing around with video, news anchoring with my friends, but nothing more serious than that. I’ve always loved watching documentaries and when I thought about this story, a documentary seemed like the best way to tell it. I’ve had some great support from filmmakers and artists who have encouraged and inspired me in this process.

Behind-the-scenes filming "Why Not Home?"
(photo by Erin Wrightsman)

What do you do to recharge your creative energy?
Getting out in nature, moving my body, and spending time with friends helps me recharge. Before I launched this Kickstarter campaign, I got to spend a weekend in the Sierras with some girlfriends—a perfect mix of the 3 elements for recharging! There was no cell service or internet access. We went for some beautiful hikes and swam in freezing cold mountain lakes, ate well and laughed. When I can’t get away to the mountains, a run down my country road, a morning walk with a friend, a good yoga class, or a day at the beach with the kids can do the trick, too. I grew up in Missouri, but since moving to California 11 years ago I’ve become pretty attached to the Pacific Ocean. The ocean air and the pounding waves really recharge my spirit.

What do you hope to inspire in others?
I hope to inspire others to explore their options and not accept the status quo without looking at the evidence. Place of birth is only one in a series of options new parents will explore. The way we approach birth can set a trajectory for parenthood. I believe this matters. I also want families and clinicians to think about autonomy in a way that supports the integrity of birth. My greatest hope for this film is to inspire women and families to approach birth with power and strength, feeling informed and open to the process as it unfolds.

Do you see other film projects in your future?
Ask me again when this one is over. Birth isn’t the only part of healthcare in America that needs improvement, and documentary storytelling is a powerful tool in changing the cultural conversation.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Perspective is a hard thing as a child. I think I would tell my young self not to take myself too seriously. Try new things. Explore. Life is long. Don’t put unnecessary limitations on yourself. There is time and space for more than you imagine.

To learn more about Why Not Home?
Kickstarter campaign live Sept 1-Oct 11 bit.ly/whynothome
twitter/instagram @whynothome
facebook @ Why not Home?