Welcome to Collective Self

I’m Lori Kane, Whidbey Island-based essayist, poet, author, coworking and workshop space host, and researcher by nature. My new book Unshaken Wonder: Becoming Playful Elders Together is now available in digital form on Amazon here. It’ll be widely available in print form May 1st. The book follows my journey, and my community’s journey, as we learn that unapologetic pain + undaunted curiosity + unhidden joy = finding the unshaken wonder at our core together. It’s a collection of essays, stories, games, lived practices, and poems. It’s also a 400-page researcher-nerd love letter to all of the people and creatures on earth who allow us to emerge as playful elders together through all the deep pain of life.

Our 2018 workshop series is now live on the Silly Dog Studios website. Check it out!! FYI, most of our other books are now orderable from your local bookstore, at farmers markets on Whidbey Island, and also available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. The Grace of Dragons: Receiving the Gifts of Dementia Care Partnering was created as respite for too-busy caregivers and anyone else befriending grief on a daily basis. Year 2 Poet is our second in a series about the experience of reclaiming your artist self. Reimagination Station: Creating a Game-Changing In-Home Coworking Space tells the story of how we turned our home into a free community coworking space and changed our lives in the process. Recommended for people reimagining empty or under-valued spaces, homes, and neighborhoods into thriving community spaces.

I hope that you’re surrounded by people who tickle you and people who challenge you and who remind you to wonder, breathe, notice beauty, create, and rest.

Recent Writings

On befriending wonder and unleashing playfulness: a story, a trailer, and two new books

We've had one hell of a fall and winter here. We helped Mom move into a memory care home where she'll have the round-the-clock, large community support she now needs. We've been moving with our own grief and helping each other, and Mom and Dad, with theirs and with...