I usually think of February as the month of love, but in reality, every month should be one! As a mother of three and grandmother of four, I often think about the importance of unconditional love and what it means. In simple terms, it's love without conditions. In digging deeper, it can be said that unconditional love is caring about someone else's happiness without expecting anything in return. It's the kind of love parents have for their children or pets have for their masters or mistresses. It's a type of love that is given freely, and is nonjudgmental and accepting. Sometimes we might love others unconditionally, but we might not approve of their actionsfor example, an adolescent going through challenging times or an aging mother who has become cantankerous or more aggressive in advanced age.

I'm suddenly reminded of an encounter I had with a Buddhist monk who made it a habit to practice compassion. I asked him, "How do you have compassion for evil people in the world? How does that work as a Buddhist?" He stopped, maneuvered his prayer beads in his right hand, and said, "I just send out unconditional love. It's as simple as that." As simple as that, I thought. Isn't it wonderful that he can do that. I often think of that encounter in my daily life, even if I'm dealing with someone who doesn't hold the door open as I'm walking into a store or someone who cuts me off in traffic.

What would happen if we all practiced unconditional love each and every day? Is it possible to start a love revolution? After all, most of us have a desire to love and be loved, yet so many people seem incapable of this basic human need. If we are to create a safe and loving world for future generations, I believe we must begin nurturing a love revolution in our small circle and watch it ripple out. Sounds easy, right?
Creatively Yours,
  • Write about how you show love for others.
  • Make a list of all those who you have loved and who have loved you.
  • Describe the first time you ever made love.
  • Write a love letter.
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 "How to Choose a Self-Care Activity." The Good Men Project. January 16, 2020.  
"How Returning to School as an Adult Changed My Life." Next Avenue. January 16, 2020.  
"Musings for My Grandchildren ." Wisdom Daily. January 16, 2020.
"Knowing Your Soul's Purpose." The Good Men Project. January 19, 2020.  
" Why Is Memoir Writing Transformative?" Psychology Today. January 20, 2020.
"Writing as a Contemplative Practice. " The Good Men Project. January 30, 2020.
"Writing Prompts for Winter Days." Thrive Global. January 30, 2020.
"That Love Vibration: Erotic Poetry Reading"
Ventura County Poetry Project
Art City Gallery
197 Dubbers Street
Ventura, CA
3:00 p.m.
" The Gift of Reflection: A Writing and Meditation Retreat"
with Diana Raab, PhD, and Radhule Weininger, PhD
Sunday, February 23, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Private Residence
Santa Barbara, CA
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"Just Write: Looking Back, Moving Forward"
A Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 4, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Women's Events and Expos
Delray Beach, FL
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The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir by Jonathan Santlofer

This very compelling and well-written memoir dives deeply into the pain that accompanies the loss of a long-term partner. It's a lovely companion for someone who has suffered such a loss.

While reading, we get a sense of the fragility of life and how deeply painful the loss of a loved one can be. As Santlofer says, "Grief is a permanent scar, part of who I am now and who I will always be. There are certain things we are not meant to get over and the loss of our nearest and dearest is, I believe, in that category. But, it does not have to kill you (at least not yet)" (p. 243).

Highly recommended!
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