A job that (mostly, somewhat) pays the bills. In the best moments, helping students grow, write their stories, learn. Having time for my own writing and reading, and gaining inspiration from visiting artists.
A life partner who is my best friend and lover (“Camden Town Rain,” Mary Lou Lord). A child I adore, who enables me to laugh and sigh with frustration.
Creative community, joy, support.
A purpose, creating art/literature/writing to help heal our damaged world. A calling.