The Golden Thread

The poet William Stafford had developed an exercise that he called The Golden Thread. He believed that if you handled very carefully the detail of language and followed the detail through association, sound and tone it could lead you into a rich and meaningful world where you could begin to inhabit a more sacred universe.

One of [William Stafford’s] most amazing gifts to poetry is his theme of the golden thread. He believes that whenever you set a detail down in language, it becomes the end of a thread… and every detail –the sound of the lawn mower, the memory of your father’s hands, a crack you once heard in the lake ice, the jogger hurtling herself past your window– will lead you to amazing riches.

Robert Bly, The Darkness Around Us is Deep, p. vii.


The exercise of the Golden Thread can be an interesting pursuit if one also relates it to one’s purpose. We might think of it as following our purpose through language and writing.

Each and every one of us is following our own thread. Some may not know where you have been or where you are going, but you cannot let go of the thread you are following.

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New From Story Merchant Books: Until Death Do Us Apart by Cade North


Until Death Do Us Apart

By Cade North


 Available on Amazon
LOS ANGELES, CA—Story Merchant Books releases its newest dark comedy novel, Until Death Do Us Apart, from author Cade North.

A natural disaster, naked fortune telling, a romantic catastrophe, supervillains, and poop on slides--just another week in the life of Sloane Noah. Despite always wanting a boring life, this single parent and hapless college professor finds she’s a lightning rod for the shocking and comically bizarre.

Based on a true story, this darkly hilarious book chronicles one woman’s tale about learning resilience from misfortune and strength from pain. Nature’s splintered wreckage, laughter, and the carcass of love prove to be the key ingredients for becoming her own hero. This dynamic story will resonate with anyone who’s ever fumbled through life’s absurdities and, somehow, still managed to stumble into a bright, new day.


Cade North

As Dr. Cade North carved out a career in academia and successfully raised two children on her own, North survived her own long history of romantic mishaps as well. While living a life packed with unplanned comedy and adventure, Cade developed the ability to turn personal calamities into hilarious tales.

Originally from Richmond, Indiana, North lived in numerous places across the U.S. and traveled throughout the world while getting her education and earlier work experience. Coming full circle, now Cade lives back in Indiana and works as college professor.


To request a review copy or inquire about an author interview, please email chris@storymerchant.com

Dennis Palumbo's Short Story "Evidence" appears in the latest issue of Mystery Weekly

At the cutting edge of crime fiction, Mystery Weekly Magazine presents original short stories by the world’s best-known and emerging mystery writers.


Check out Dennis Palumbo's "Evidence," in the latest issue of MYSTERY WEEKLY magazine. Also Paul Marks' story featured on the cover. It's among the many terrific mystery stories in this edition of the magazine.


Sharon Farsijani is a Rise & Shine and Noon Anchor at KMVT News!



Sharon Farsijani anchors the weekday Rise & Shine and Noon
newscasts on KMVT at 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and noon. Born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., she returned to Tehran as a young teenager only to move back to NYC as a young adult. During her time in the Middle East, Sharon started her broadcast career at age 19 as a reporter, evening news anchor, producer and talk show host for IRIB Channel 6, Channel 4 and Radio BBC. She covered various events including the FIFA World Cup 1998, Iran’s historic 2001 Presidential Elections and the Changing, Cultural Times during the Khatami Era.

After returning to the United States, she studied at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and California State Fullerton to receive her degree in Broadcast Journalism and later her MBA from Pepperdine University. Upon graduation she interned with KABC Los Angeles and NBC Nightly News. After witnessing the harsh treatment towards women in the Middle East she shared her journey, penning her first poetry collection "Lacking Lips of Time" and memoir "Shaming My Red Lips."

Everyday in Tehran she contemplated the concepts of beauty, the feminine and the expression of the true feminine. As a result, after receiving her MBA, she set out to create a beauty entrepreneur brand that explored and celebrated power, sensuality and the global feminine called Poppy Farsijani Fragrance that explores various feminine archetypes. (Her name in Farsi, Shaghayegh, means Wild Desert Poppy.)

She says, “Creating awareness regarding issues affecting the community and individuals through reporting is just part of my DNA.” She has returned to broadcasting full-time while running her fragrance business and Female-Preneur podcast on the side.

Sharon is an advocate of understanding cultural differences and providing opportunities to teenagers and individuals to realize their full potential through education and awareness. When she is not on television she lends her time to mentoring college students and helping various charities and community events.

She is fluent in English, Italian and Farsi and is also an avid dancer, skier, a competitive tennis player and loves yoga, reading books and creating more fragrance collections for her company. Her guilty pleasures are eating ethnic pastries and having a glass of wine with chocolate truffles.