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HAPPY 2016 !

"And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been."
Rainer Maria Rilke


  • Write about one thing different you want to do in 2016. 
  • Some animals hibernate in the winter. If you had the chance to hibernate, where would you go and what would you do?
  • Write about someone you admire.
  • Write your intentions for 2016.



I love new beginnings because if you allow them, they can be like the start of a new day, offering you a completely new perspective.  
If you're thinking of making changes in 2016, then you should realize that a large part of letting go of what doesn't serve you, is recognizing when to stay in a situation and when to move on. As was said in the movie The Lion King, "Oh yes, the past can hurt, but, you can either run from it or learn from it." Learning seems to be the better route. As you navigate through the learning process, try to look toward the light. My father used to say that you should live each day with light, as if it's the first day of the rest of your life. I love the sensibility of his words. 
I am not a huge believer in New Years' resolutions (probably because they are often broken), however, I am a believer in setting intentions. My intention this year is to laugh more and to make others laugh more. Laughter is the best medicine to heal both your body, mind and spirit. Let's try and laugh as much as we can this year. This forms a sense of community and interconnectedness which we are all in need of! 

Inheritance (poetry) by Steven Reigns

This compelling collection of poems captures the essence of growing up in a fractured home. It is written with a deep sense of urgency by an extremely talented and seasoned poet who takes ownership of his complex upbringing, exposing his raw vulnerability with profound candor. Reign's book transcends pain and shame, and he should be applauded for his courage in sharing his narrative with the world. Reigns writes about secrets, dying lovers, psychic wounds, and passions-all the while reminding readers that he is who he is and is rightfully proud to be so.

The poem "Cocaine" sums up Reign's deepest sentiments: "The drug guided me to the inheritance my parents deprived me of-unconditional love." The poems "Biting," "Tom," and "Josh" aptly describe what gay love is all about. The last line of the poem "Italo" states: "Shock is too gentle a word," which is what one feels after reading this collection.

These poignant and unforgettable poems will leave readers with indelibly strong images, days after putting the book down. Also, this work will inspire those with similar stories to crack open their journals and write. Unforgettable and powerful. Highly recommended.

The Quotable Anais Nin (reference) by Paul Herron, editor

As someone who admires Anaïs Nin and often quotes her, I have to say that Herron's book has it all. My only disappointment is that I didn't think of collecting and compiling Nin's quotes myself!
The book includes 365 quotations and citations, all honoring one of my favorite writers and diarists.

As Herron says in his Introduction, when you Google Nin quotes, more than 480,000 websites appear, "making her one of the most oft-quoted authors on the web." In many cases, well-known individuals are often misquoted, but Herron avoids this by sharing the original source of each quote, making this a credible resource.

The book is divided into sections highlighting Nin's favorite subjects-lust for life, love and sensuality, consciousness, women and men, and writing and art. This is a valuable reference book and also a way to access all of Nin's other writings. Highly recommended.

Friday, January 29, 2016. 

Antioch University Santa Barbara. Community Hall
7pm - 8:30pm 
Free event - limited seating

** Event organizers: Diana Raab & Steven Reigns **

Speakers: Judith Citrin, Perie Longo, Diana Raab,
Tristine Rainer, Steven Reigns 


"Journaling as Healing With Diana Raab." (podcast). 
The Anais Nin Podcast. Sky Blue Press. November 6, 2015.

"How to Maintain Calm in the Midst of Chaos."
(blog entry) . Psychology Today. November 5, 2015.
"Thanksgiving Memories and Stories." (blog entry). Huffington Post. November 2015.

"Maintaining Mindfulness During the Holiday Season. (blog entry). Psychology Today. November 19, 2015.

"How to Be 'In the Moment' This Holiday Season.  (blog entry). Huffington Post. December 10, 2015.
"5 Tips for Inspiring Mindful Writing." (blog entry). BrainSpeak. December 2015.
"How to Practice Peace and Interconnectedness." (blog entry). Psychology  Today. December 22, 2015.

Creatively yours,

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