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Newsletter – May 2008

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke In May, Creativity Blooms All Over! Outside my house, my roses have exploded into rich, plate sized blooms! As I look at them, I ponder how amazing…

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Writing Risky, Writing Truth

Writing our stories can put us into a caldron of insight, feelings, and situations from the past that we may want to avoid. The writers in my groups talk about this dilemma as they move back and forth between putting the pen on the page, and trying not to–because if they did, what would happen? […]

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Listening to Ourselves

People write to me about the stories they want to tell–haltingly at first, then with a greater courage and sense of purpose. We all know that putting our hearts on the page, even in private, is difficult and requires continual commitment to keep listening to ourselves.
Because that’s what writing is all about–a different form of […]

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Newsletter – February 2008

Today is the day when bold kites fly, When cumulus clouds roar across the sky. When robins return, when children cheer, When light rain beckons spring to appear. Today is the day when daffodils bloom, Which children pick to fill the room. Today is the day when grasses green, When leaves burst forth for spring to be seen. –  Robert…

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Newsletter – January 2008

“The trees down the boulevard stand naked in thought, Their abundant summery wordage silenced, caught In the grim undertow; naked the trees confront Implacable winter’s long, cross-questioning brunt.” – D. H. Lawrence, Winter in the Boulevard, 1916     Happy New Year! Most of us think of the New Year as a time of new beginnings. We have been hibernating…

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Writing into the Future

During this first week of the New Year, most of us find ourselves projecting our dreams into the future–what do we want to do this year? Where are we going?
You may ask yourself questions about your writing life–when will I have time? What was I writing about anyway?
I read somewhere this week about making lists […]

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Write Your Memoir in 10 Minutes a Day!

We begin the New Year bursting with new ideas and resolutions to get back to our writing, to get our memoir started, but after a while, we get bogged down in all our responsibilities to take care of the house, people, and bills that are a part of every life. Many writers I know tell […]

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Newsletter – November 2007

Napa Valley in the Fog On the way to Linda’s Harvest Your Wisdom Writers Retreat Napa Valley is nestled between mountains that invite the caress of sun and fog. The grapevines in the fall are glorious colors of red, orange, and gold, and the air is scented with the musty scent of grapes. It was a beautiful day in the…

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In His Daddy’s Shoes

Seth in his Daddy’s shoesSometimes there are moments when the whole of life comes together in a moment, an image, an insight and we have a perspective that casts light on the past in a new way. I notice this with my children and grandchildren from time to time.
A few weeks ago, my grandson Seth […]