The Newsletter of 
 
DIANA RAAB, Ph. D.
 
MAY
 2015



CELEBRATING MOTHERS !!

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. 
~Honoré de Balzac
 
  
 
As a mother of three wonderful adult children, Rachel Miriam, Regine Anna and Joshua Samuel, I must say that celebrating their births and presence in my life has been one of my life's greatest joys. Truly, I cannot imagine my life without them. Even though I spent each pregnancy on bed rest, all the positives outweigh the rest. Thank you for being the best children a mother could imagine. I love you.
 
I would like to honor all the mothers in the universe and also, my mother, who will be 85 years old this year. I thank her for buying me my first journal, setting the platform for my life as a writer, and all my weekly library visits as a child. Books and journals have played an integral part of my life, healed and transformed me so many times during my life's journey and in my journey to help and transform others. Thanks, Mom!

SUGGESTED READING (Mother's Day Gift Suggestions) 


Jessica Barraco wrote me a couple of years ago, telling me that my memoir, Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal inspired her to write her memoir. We had coffee in NY last year and just recently, she wrote to tell me that her book will be released in May. I am so very proud of this brave young woman.  


 

Her first book, The Butterfly Groove: A Mother's Mystery, A Daughter's Journey is a powerful debut memoir weaving the lives of a mother and daughter. The book offers a web of insights into unraveling the mysteries of being a motherless daughter and a reminder that loved ones become even more alive after they are gone. Barraco remains nurtured by her mother's many wisdoms, including the importance of commanding self-respect and smothering people with kindness. This book is a gem to be read in one sitting. Congratulations, Jessica!

  

10 Sacred Questions for Every Woman by Julie Gohman, Ph.D.

This pocket-sized guidebook is for every woman navigating or yearning to navigate a path of self-discovery to identify her unique femininity and life's purpose. Gohman, a question poser and seeker since a young age, offers poignant and grounded questions applicable to all women, regardless of age, disposition, socioeconomic status or spiritual affiliation. This book invites the reader to slow down and enter deep contemplation and self-reflection, an opportunity often overlooked during the course of our busy lives.


 

This book is a true gift for any mother or woman reading it, and no doubt men will also reap its benefits. The takeaways are very rewarding and will linger long after the book is put down. It is a book that will nurture and support women on their own unique journeys. Sacredly recommended. Congratulations, Julie. I hope this is the first of many more books that we receive from you!


 

by Karen Roberts and Dana Simpson 
Reader beware: A deep sense of calm will overcome you after opening this book.The inspirational internal dialogue of healing
and transformation, interspersed with poignant nature photographs, makes this book a gem. The authors, Roberts and Simpson, have found peace and healing in the midst of nature. Roberts, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 25 years ago, and Simpson, diagnosed with Lyme disease four years ago, have joined creative energies by sharing how nature has helped heal them. A powerful duo with a powerful message.

This book is a page-turner, but you will be sad when you arrive at the end. It is not a book to be filed on your library shelves; instead, it belongs on your coffee table for every passerby to flip through. The book is contemplative, meditative, captivating and magnetic. Very much like the personalities of the writers whom I had the good fortune to meet at a book signing in Santa Barbara. I'd already bought a few copies for friends and colleagues afflicted with various illnesses who could benefit from the magic nature and words have to offer. An invaluable gift for those who yearn to be transformed by excellent writing and photographs!

UPCOMING APPEARANCES


May 10, 2015.  (poetry reading)  "Treat Your Mother Right." Mother's Day Special. The Library GirlRiskin Theater, Santa Monica, CA. 7 p.m. $10.
 
June 18-24, 2015.  (presentation) "Creative Transcendence: Memoir for Transformation and Empowerment." Presentation at the Eurotas Conference (The European Transpersonal Association), Milan, Italy.
 
PUBLICATION NEWS

"How a French Beach Can Change Your Life.  Fab After 50.
 March 2015.

"Writing: The Shaping of My Life." The Writer's Monthly Review Magazine. April 2015. 

"Confusion." The AIPF di-vêrsé-city Anthology. April 2015.

SUGGESTIONS?

If there are any subjects you would like me to write about, or special interests you'd like to see discussed, please send me an email.  
MAY WRITING PROMPT

Whether your mother is alive or deceased, write a letter to her telling her all you are grateful for.



Lustfully yours,
Diana

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