The Newsletter of 
DIANA RAAB, Ph.D.. 
 
AUGUST 2014 
 

 
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in bud 
was more painful than the risk 
it took to blossom." 
~ Ana�s Nin 

Dear Friends:

August is a month of many important birthdays, including my dear friend Thomas Steinbeck and Charles Bukowski, both born on August 2nd. Both men quite wise, but one of Bukowski's favorite thoughts of mine is: "You begin saving the world by saving one man [woman] at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics." This applies to most of us who want to affect others or initiate change. We need to start small, in our own circle and expand into the collective.   

IN TRANSITION 

  

Even lifelong students like myself experience transitions, as I bridge the gaps between my passions for writing, psychology, and teaching. I am a believer that with every new chapter in life there are new doors and opportunities  that open up and become available.

 

What are your thoughts about a time of transition in your own life?  


PUBLICATION NEWS

My poem, "Seduction,"  was published in di-verse-city 2014: Anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival.

Six of my sensuous poems have been accepted by Blank Rune Press, an Australian Publisher, for an upcoming erotic poem anthology. Publication date, 2015.  

LUSTFUL UPDATE

  

Consider downloading the new audio version of my latest poetry collection, Lust, a sensual and exotic way to experience poetry. Listen by yourself. Listen with your partner. Listen with your lover. Actress Kate Udall does a stellar job recreating the poems through the spoken word. 

 

Check out my interview, "Writing About Lust, Honestly" with Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., a psychologist and writer. The interview appears in Perry's  column "Creating in Flow," in Psychology Today. 

   
READING SUGGESTION

I just read and was mesmerized by Susan K. Perry's first novel, Kylie's Heel, and I highly recommend it. While a work of fiction, it will resonate with anyone who has lost a child or knows someone who has. Written by a psychologist who truly understands the workings of the human mind and psyche, this is a gripping story of a mother who learns to heal herself while helping others. In dealing with  loss and the  cure for fear the protagonist deftly states, "Keep confronting what you most dread, thus making the threat familiar enough to lose its power." 

  

  

  

 

AUGUST IS HAPPINESS MONTH 

 

August marks the 15th annual Happiness Happens Month. 

 

http://sohp.com/society-celebrations/happiness-happens-month/ 

  

This year, my friends at the Secret Society of Happy People are offering a 31-day challenge. Join me in celebrating Happiness every day! 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/253541134843239/ 

   

  

WRITING PROMPT

  

Write about a time when you were in transition, from one life to another or one profession to another AND write about what makes you happy. 

 

  

Love, peace and lust,

Diana


P.S. Please send any comments to diana@dianaraab.com.
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