October 2018

" If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude."
—Maya Angelou


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year marks my 17th anniversary as a survivor. The road here has been filled with unexpected twists and turns, a few bumps, and even the occasional pothole. Over the years I've learned the one—and perhaps only—thing I can control in all of this is my attitude. Journaling helps me do this by harnessing the power of writing to release those deep-seated emotions, which might otherwise hold me back. For me, writing facilitates healing and transforms my outlook. 
I wrote Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey in the hopes that it would inspire and guide others in search of grounding. For me, the path is singular: Write. Heal. Transform.
Creatively Yours,

October Writing Prompts
  • What is your attitude right now?Write about it.
  • What does it mean to you to have a positive attitude?
  • Reflect on a time in your life when you consciously tried to shift your attitude.
Recently Published Works

"Living Fearlessly Despite the Demons" (article). Pink Panther Magazine. September 2018.

“Self-Awareness, Writing, and Setting Intentions”   (article). Living Now. August 2018.

"September Is National Suicide Prevention Month" (article). Self-Growth. September 4, 2018.

"Suicide Awareness and Understanding" (blog). Psychology Today. September 5, 2018.

"No Plans for Tomorrow" (poem). Poets Unlimited. September 6, 2018.

"Out of the Darkness" (article). Montecito Journal. September 6, 2018.

" This Side of Suicide: Using the Written Word to Cope With Loss" ( blog). Psych Central: The World of Psychology Blog. September 10, 2018.

"Transformed by Writing" (article). Spirit of Change Magazine. Fall/Winter 2018.

"Shifting from Unhappiness to Happiness" (blog). Psychology Today. September 23, 2018.

"Overwhelmed by Negativity" (blog). Thrive Global. September 25, 2018.

"Eulogy to My Grandmother." Spit Fire Literary Magazine. September 2018.
Workshops and Appearances

"The Writer's Notebook" 
October 6th & 7th
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hugo House
Seattle, WA 
To register: Click here


“Mindfulness and Journaling” with Diana Raab and Radule Weininger
October 27th
1:30 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: Talk"
November 30th
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
388 Bell Street
Los Alamos, CA
Arrive early. Limited seating.

Radio Interview

The Coaching Game with Laurie Lawson. September 11, 2018.

"The Dilemma of Loneliness." BYU Radio: The Lisa Valentine Clark Show." September 27, 2018.
Suggested Reading
The Flame : Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen.

I was ecstatic when I learned about this book’s release, and I was fortunate enough to have received an “uncorrected proof” a few months ago. Ever since my years living in Montreal (Leonard Cohen’s hometown), I’ve had a deep love for his music and poetry. Seeing him in concert in 2012 in Los Angeles was one of the highlights of my adult years.

Flame was published posthumously, but before his death in 2016, Cohen knew that his time was coming to an end, and his last mission was to pull together this wonderful book offering a glimpse into his intimate life—his final gift to us. Although he was always a poet at heart, Cohen shares a story about his first connection with the guitar, and being taught six chords by a homeless man in Montreal. “It was those six chords—it was that guitar pattern that has been the basis of all my songs and all my music,” he disclosed for the first time.

During an interview, his son, Adam, said, “Writing was his reason for being. It was the fire he was tending to, the most significant flame he fueled. It was never extinguished.” 

Buy yourself a copy of  The Flame , and one for every person you love. You won’t be sorry!
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