August 2018

" Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
~ Marcel Proust.


According to my holiday calendar, the first Sunday in August is National Friendship Day. I believe that friendships should be celebrated every day, but it's fun to have a designated day to focus on the most meaningful friendships in your life.

The definition of friendship is "the relationship between friends," but what is a friend? I use the word friend with discretion because not everyone we know is necessarily a friend. We might have a lot of acquaintances or colleagues, but a friend is more special. A friend is someone you can count on. What's your definition of a friend?

Creatively Yours,
August Writing Prompts
  • Write about a special friend.
  • Write a letter to a friend whom you've known since childhood.
  • Write about your favorite summer activity.
Recently Published Works
" Who I Am. ”  Artemis Journal. (poem).  2018. Vol XXV.

"The Key to Finding Your Bliss ." (blog). Psychology Today. July 8, 2018.

" Why Write a Memoir? " (blog). Thrive Global. July 12, 2018.

"A Curvy World." (poem). Poetry Unlimited. July 12, 2018.

"One Day at a Time." (article). Rejected Manuscripts. July 2018.

"Nurturing the Muse." (article). OM Times . July 19, 2018.

"Being in Touch with Our Emotions." (blog). Psychology Today. July 24, 2018.

"Summertime and Connecting with Old Friends" (article). Thrive Global. July 25, 2018.

Workshops and Appearances
“Mindfulness and Journaling” with Diana Raab and Radule Weininger
August 4th
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
McVeigh House, Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA
To register:   Click here


"Writing for Bliss" 
August 11th 
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA
For more information:  Click here


"The Writer's Notebook" 
December 8th / 9th
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hugo House
Seattle, WA 


 Writing for Bliss
Body, Mind, Spirit Book Awards

Winner - Inspirational
Finalist - Spiritual Psychology

 "Healing the Heart Through Storytelling." Interview on Nourish Your Soul with Elizabeth Tripp. July 11, 2018.

Suggested Reading
In Gratitude (memoir) by Jenny Diski. As a memoirist, I often try to categorize memoirs into categories, but this one just doesn't have a category except for being just plain great . It's part memoir, part rant and rebellion by a Bohemian and very original thinker. Diski's writing pulls you in from the beginning, and as someone who has led quite an interesting life, she certainly has a great many stories to tell. One of her more fascinating ones is being taken in at the age of fifteen by writer Doris Lessing, and how that experience affected the person she became.

Like myself, Diski is a cancer survivor, but she never wanted the illness to define her, nor did she want to be a victim of it. However, she does share what it's like being told that the end of your life is near, and what that means for the life you're presently leading. I could not put this book down. Highly recommended, and many thanks to my dear friend Judith Citrin for suggesting it to me.
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