The Curmudgeon Storyteller

by Annette Wagner, M.A.  In the Cosmic Cowgirls community we know about stories. We know how stories run your life without you even knowing about it. We know how to pull stories out of us, intentionally, and put them on canvas where we use paint and words to transform them into stories that support and heal us – instead of running our lives into the muck. Stories are like stardust and we have no hesitation getting our hands...

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Expectation is a trap I set for myself.

by Annette Wagner, M.A. Expectation is a pinnacle point of achievement. A place far beyond where I live – always. I know this pattern well. It was conditioned into me as a child through the teachings of a father who thought making money was the only answer to success. And when he couldn’t make that formula work for himself, he pushed it out onto his children. His legacy. Expectation is insidious. It sneaks in when I let down my...

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The Being in the Tree
Apr21

The Being in the Tree

The Being in the Tree There is a large, old black walnut tree that owns the backyard of a house I used to live in. She is magnificent with arms that reach way up to the sky with old brown crooked fingers and rough grey-brown bark in patterns all over her. She loses all her leaves in the fall and is the last tree in the spring to sprout green leafy fingers. Black squirrels chase up and down her body competing for her walnuts,...

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The Breathless Moment Before a New Story
Feb24

The Breathless Moment Before a New Story

 by Annette Wagner, M.A. As my body relaxed, covered in rose petals, laying in a tub of warm water, this thought trickled into my brain from my heart.  The stories that run my life, the ones hidden in deep dark crevices can be changed. My life is living walking evidence these stories change. I know this. I’ve transformed them by pulling the story out of me onto a canvas where I can engage with the story with intention, allowing,...

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Out of Joint with Life
Dec30

Out of Joint with Life

by Annette Wagner, Managing Editor Today I am writing about one of those Hidden Stories in my life which I constantly struggle with. A story that began when I was five years old. A story my child self took in as truth but one which holds no truth whatsoever. A story that feels like it has glued itself to my mind and the only way to get it out is to scrape every synapse clean. It goes like this: Thou must MAKE MONEY. Making money is...

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Holidays, Cosmic Cowgirl Style
Dec23

Holidays, Cosmic Cowgirl Style

It’s that time of the year again. No, not the holiday crazies, shopping crazies, or family crazies time of year. Yes, it is that time of year too, but the one we are talking about is different. Because, well, we are Cosmic Cowgirls and we do things differently. We wear wild like a badge over our hearts. We do community like it’s a blanket wrapping us up. We create and create and create some more. We love and yell and muse and eat...

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