JUNE 2017

"The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity."

~ Rollo May

My father passed away in 1991, but he's with me each and every day. As a Holocaust survivor he taught me to live and let live and to cherish every single day of my life. My father always woke up in the morning with a smile on his face, and gratitude for being alive. He was what some people called "a happy-go-lucky" guy. These days we would say that he had, "good energy," and made everyone around him happy. People simply wanted to be in his presence. His personality was a perfect fit for someone who worked in the retail business his entire life. 

My book, Writing for Bliss: Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life,  which is now available for pre-order on Amazon, is dedicated to my father, Edward Marquise, who taught me the power of hope and positive thinking. 

The first 50 people to pre-order will get a special gift in the mail,  if you send me your receipt and mailing address.

Writing for Bliss is NOW available for pre-order on Amazon:  click here.
Publication date: September 2017.

Creatively yours,

June Writing Prompts
  • Write a letter to a male figure who has been
    an inspiration for you.
  • Write a poem entitled "An Ode to Music."
  • Write about a male actor who you admire.
  • Write about someone you know who was born in June. 
Recently Published Works

"The Creep," "Mother's Neighborhood."   BoomerLit Mag . May 10, 2017. 

"How to Slow Down Time." 
Psychology Today . May 16, 2017.

"Are You Grounded? Centered? Or Both?"  Psychology Today . May 23, 2017.

"How Writing Can Help Us Find Our Authentic Voice." Elephant Journal. May 27, 2017. 
Reading Suggestions and Father's Day Gift Ideas
Stranger Music: Selected  Poems and Songs
by Leonard Cohen (poetry/music).

Ever since I lived in Montreal, I've been a fan of Leonard Cohen. His lyrics celebrate our uniqueness and sameness, the political issues that pull us, the sexuality that entices us, and the relationships that inspire and haunt us. He has a way of merging melancholy with joy. For example, his poem, "Song," does just that: "I almost went to bed/without remembering the four white violets/I put in the button-hole/of your green sweater/and how I kissed you then/and you kissed me/ shy as though I'd/never been your lover"

Perhaps, our similar Montreal Jewish heritage is what made his work resonate with me so much, or maybe it's our mutual lust for life, despite all odds. I was fortunate enough to see him on his 80th birthday tour and witness his deep passion for songwriting, and I so admired the way he still performed with such strong and youthful vigor. 

Cohen's book was gifted to me om my birthday. I had not heard of it before, and even though it's not a new collection, it's one that I deeply treasure. It includes lyrics, poems and some short essays. Highly recommended!

This book is one of those surprises that I stumbled on at the airport after having left the book I was reading at home. While people say that you can't judge a book by it's cover, it can certainly lure a reader in, like this one did. Just hearing the term, "non-conformists" was intriguing to me. I believe that in many ways, artists are all non-conformists, because to create you need to do something different to get attention.

 The chapter titles are very revealing: "Creative destruction," "Blind Inventors and One-Eyed Investors," "Out on a Limb,", "Fools Rush In,"Goldilocks and the Trojan Horse," and "Rebel Without a Cause," to name a few.

 I learned so much about so many things in this book. As a Wharton graduate and esteemed teacher, Grant has a way of simplifying what could be tough ideas. The book's tone is entertaining and informative, and Grant says many things we know, but need to be reminded of, such as, "To be original, you need to take radical risks." (p. 14) He writes about many of our celebrated heroes who did just that-Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Sally Ride, and Neil Armstrong to name a few. Highly recommended and a great gift idea!

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