MAY 2017

"We are born of love. Love is our mother." 
                                                                     ~Rumi
                                   


 

May is my birthday month, but it's also the month when we're reminded of our mothers. Whether we're close with our mothers or estranged from them, whether they're alive or have passed on-we must never forget that they gave us life. They made everything possible. And for this alone, we should be grateful.
 
As an adolescent, I never wanted to be a mother. I didn't think I'd ever be able to create the type of family I saw depicted on TV, which seemed like an unattainable goal. All I wanted was to find true love. Eventually, after marrying into a close-knit family, I realized that creating a happy home was not an impossible task. Although I struggled to become a mother, now that my kids are grown and are parents themselves, being a mother, and subsequently a grandmother, is one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my life. If you've never had children, maybe you've loved the sons and daughters of your friends or family members, or perhaps you've had pets that you consider your beloved children.
 
This month, let's celebrate mothering, in whatever form it takes for you-honoring your mother, honoring your kids, honoring your pets, or whomever you take care of and nurture. The month of May reminds me to reflect upon all the wonderful female role models and inspirations I've met over the years-some whom I knew personally, and others whom I knew through their creative work. One woman who has been a huge inspiration to me is journalist and author Krista Tippett. I was excited to hear that her new book was released in April. If you have a chance to read it, please let me know your thoughts, and if you were as moved by her words as I was.
 

Creatively yours,
Diana

May Writing Prompts
  • Write a letter to your mother or grandmother, or another female figure you adore.
  • Write a poem entitled, "An Ode to Peace."
  • Write about a female actress you admire. 
  • Write about your most favorite birthday celebration.
Recently Published Works


Book of Hope by Krysta Gibson, Ed. April 2017. 

Boomer Cafe.  April 12, 2017.

Psychology Today.  April 17, 2017.

Pick The Brain. April 17, 2017

Elephant Journal.  April 18, 2017. 

Reading Suggestion
 
A few years back, a friend turned me on to Tippett's public radio program, "On Being." He actually suggested I start a similar show. Warmed to the heart by the suggestion, I quickly became hooked on Tippett's self-expression and sensibilities. This book, hot off the press, is a gem, but is not one to read too quickly. It's sort of like a bag of potato chips-you can eat in one sitting, but it's nice to spread the joy. Tippett reflects on so many topical aspects of life-not the least of which is the importance of listening-and has been aptly called a modern-day Simone Weil. The book's opening says it all: "I'm a person who listens for a living. I listen for wisdom, and beauty, and for voices not shouting to be heard. This book chronicles some of what I've learned in what has become a conversation across time and generations, across disciplines and denominations."
 
Tippett is one of the most mindful public figures I know. "Listening is about being present, not just about being quiet," she tells us. She speaks of superstar virtues such as love, compassion, and forgiveness-those we all need to work harder on. Tippett's reflections center on five "breeding grounds for wisdom": words, body, love, faith, and hope-all worthy of their own attention. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
 

 

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