i'm so glad you're here.

Hi, I'm Casee Marie, keeper of many journals.  I write on a melting pot of subjects, from poetry and literature to living with severe anxiety.  Here I document my journey to finding solace in the storminess of life and self, whether through creation or observation.  Make yourself a cup of your preferred hot beverage and join me.


Compassion is born from within, and the journey to cultivate self-compassion is one steeped in personal challenges, one in which we must allow our vulnerabilities to become fully visible in order to uncover our own greatest strength.  This is the most courageous of practices, and it is often taken up by the tenderest of hearts.  We learn to stand on steadier feet as we begin to accept ourselves; hope and harbor is a journal of solace and inspiration for those adventurers of the soul whose mission it is to live intentionally, compassionately, and authentically.

To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences.

- David Whyte

To scratch the surface of literature is to uncover the path toward our own vulnerability; to read is to embark down the road less traveled.  With instruction and guidance from the great writers of past and present, Literary Inklings is a journey through the wisdom of books with the purpose of becoming more: more empathetic, more expressive, more empowered.  It is one seeker's exploration of a personal library numbering in the thousands, endeavoring to find peace and insight for the way we live now.