Posts by Gabriela Denise Frank

Gabriela Denise Frank: Essayist, traveler, Invoker of Pauses, Civita Fellow, and author of "CivitaVeritas, an Italian Fellowship Journey."

2020, Here We Come

1. Decade of Change It’s not only the end of the year, but the end of a decade*. Maybe that’s …

Quiescence

The longest night of the year is the best time to contemplate what it means to stand still. That is …

Love the One You’re With

I carry a notebook with me, always. Right now, it’s a Moleskine with a plain cardboard cover adorned with a …

The Butterfly Effect

“Whatever you are doing, if you want something else to happen, you need to pause.” —Helene Simonsen Nine years ago …

Philosophies

Confession: I am horrible at keeping secrets. Reframe: I am excellent at keeping other people’s deep, dark, shameful secrets. I …

Practice and Purpose

“But how, if you are neither Zulu warrior nor Aztec maiden, do you prepare yourself, all alone, to enter an …

Accounting

Tis the season for accounting. It’s the time of year when we let ourselves have that second cocktail or slice …

Commitment

I have an uneasy relationship with writing novels. Or, so I thought. I’ve spent this year focusing on my novel …

Strength Versus Strain

I recently read (and recommend) “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine” by Alan Lightman, a theoretical astrophysicist. His book …

Doldrums & Distractions

Hello there. It’s been a while. I’ve been on the road quite a bit. Pullman, Port Townsend, Tucson, San Francisco, …

Space and Inspiration

This week, I’ve been in Denver for a preview of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art designed by …

MAKE SPACE

Confession: I am a list person. A writer of goals. A keeper of resolutions. I have monthly and yearly plans …

The Next Tree Line

One of the owners of the architecture firm where I work recently explained how he approaches design in a way …

Chasing Epiphany

Each year, I cobble together an educational program that serves as my DIYMFA. Usually, this means a residency, classes at …

REJECTED! (Part Deux)

When someone discovers that I’m a writer, they are most likely to blurt one of two things: nervousness at me correcting …

Houses and Bridges

It’s been more than a year since I’ve been able to take a writing class. That’s why I felt a sort of …

True Story

It’s the end of the year, a time when most of us cannot help but pause to take stock of …

Binders Full of Women

The latest installment of BinderCon happened this past weekend in New York. This was my third time at the conference …

Back to School

Good September, dear people! If the Seattle weather is any indication, fall is on its way before we have even …