September 2018
Suicide Prevention Month

" Often people want to live and want to die; ambivalence saturates the suicidal act."
~ Kay Redfield Jamison


Labor Day, the first Monday in September, has always been thought of as the unofficial end of summer, and I hope that you celebrate in a memorable way. For me, this Labor Day marks the 54th anniversary of my grandmother Regina's suicide. I remember that day as if it were yesterday, and if you haven't read my first memoir, Regina's Closet, about my grandmother's life and our relationship, you might consider reading it (mentioned below).

Coincidentally, September is also National Suicide Prevention month. Due to the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the subject of suicide has been mentioned in the news quite often lately. The most common question circling around the idea of suicide is "Why?" and most often the answer is just speculation, because chances are that we have no idea why someone would choose to take his or her life. I will be writing a number of articles and blogs on the subject during the month of September.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call:

The National Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273 TALK (8255) 

Creatively Yours,
September Writing Prompts
  • Do you know anyone who has committed suicide? If so, write a letter to this person.
  • If you've ever contemplated suicide, write about how you felt at that time in your life.
Recently Published Works

"Using Writing as Self-Care." (article) Intentional Caregiver. August 8, 2018.

" Writing about a Secret: Confessional Writing. " (blog). Om Times. August 15, 2018.

" Have Some Respect. " (article). Thrive Global . August 17, 2018.

“Escape into Writing.”   (article). Healthy Living Magazine . August 2018.

“Writing to Heal and Transform.”   (article). The Edge: Holistic Living. August 2018.

"The Dilemma of Loneliness. " (blog). Psychology Today. August 27, 2018.

"Out of Darkness: Healing and Writing About Loss." (article). The Montecito Journal. August 30, 2018.

" The Writer's Notebook" 
October 6th & 7th
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 

To register: CLICK HERE


Transforming Through Adversity: A Journaling and Meditation Workshop”
with Radhule Weininger, PhD
October 27th
1:30p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MacVeagh House, Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara, CA

To register: CLICK HERE

 "Healing the Heart Through Storytelling." Interview on Nourish Your Soul with Elizabeth Tripp. July 11, 2018.
Suggested Readings
No Time To Say Goodbye (memoir) by Carla Fine. This is not a new book, but it's a wonderful work written by the widow of a physician who took his life at the age of forty-three. It powerfully and poignantly deals with the emotions and grieving process of those left behind. Fine wrote the book to share her story and mitigate the stigma and silence inherent in these types of situations. She accentuates how the suicide of a loved one irrevocably transforms those left behind. She reminds us that survivors feel powerless and inadequate in the face of suicide, in addition to feeling hurt and betrayed. "Suicide not only opens up old wounds for family members, but also creates new ones...the suicide of a loved one reshapes us: our beliefs and perceptions have been shaken by the deliberate, permanent departure of a person we have cared for, depended on, cherished, and nurtured," she adds.

 (memoir) by Diana Raab. Normally, I don't review my own books, but since it's National Suicide Awareness Month, I wanted to make a nod to my first memoir, Regina's Closet. It's about my maternal grandmother, who committed suicide in my childhood home. I was the one who found her, and many years later, I discovered her journal chronicling her life as an orphan in World War I. The book was published in 2007 and is now available on Amazon for a discounted rate of $14.13. I hope you enjoy it!
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