The Newsletter of 
November 2016

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
 ~Marcel Proust


  • Write about something you're thankful for.
  • Write about a Thanksgiving that was memorable for you.
  • Write a gratitude letter to someone who has changed your life. Sending it can be optional.

Lila August Mae del Valle
Ever since I was a little girl, Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday. It seemed to be the only one that was authentic rather than materialistic. Each year, my mother would cook a beautiful turkey dinner accompanied by mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. In front of our plates there was always a chocolate turkey-our reward for finishing our dinner.

I continued this tradition with my children and this Thanksgiving will be the first one where I shall continue  it with my two grandchildren. Since my last newsletter, we've welcomed beautiful Lila Augusta Mae del Valle into our family. She was born on October 22nd, weighing 8.1 pounds and measuring 19-3/4 inches. She's such a little treasure.
Me and Lila 
Daniel and Regine 
I am grateful for having her in my life and look forward to see her running around with little Jaxson Alexander.
If you haven't done so already, I'd be grateful if you could please complete this short, anonymous two-minute survey. It will help with the launch of my forthcoming book, Writing for Bliss! 

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The Art of Healing
by Bernie S. Siegel, MD.
This book will make you feel good. It's like having a cup of coffee near a fire with a dear  friend. Dr. Siegel's work is about honoring yourself, an d itaccentuates the importance  of self-love. It's about you, your life, and your life's path. If you are unhappy with any of the above, then this book will inspire you to become a seeker of change. As Dr. Siegel wisely says, "Learn how to still the mental turmoil and pay attention to the voice within you. Allow the miracle of love to enter and heal your life. When we love our lives, our bodies often get the message, decide to live, and heal."

The book is packed with anecdotes about those who Dr. Siegel has helped during his decades of practice, first as a pediatric surgeon and now teaching people how to empower themselves to induce their own healing. He offers prescriptive exercises that he calls "Doctor's Rx" to help you explore your inner most wisdoms and desires. He's proud of his career transition and refers to himself as a "Jungian Surgeon."

In addition to self-love, this book will remind you of the importance of doing what makes you happy. It's about laughing, listening, following your dreams and  making the most of your time on this Earth. Doing so will make you feel alive. As Dr. Siegel says, "When the artist is alive within us, we become stimulating, creative beings from whom everyone around us can benefit," (p.9) thus leading us to our authentic life. Highly recommended!
" Venus Fly Trap," "Fantasy Glances," "Follow Me," "Illegal Feet," 
"Mother's Neighborhood" (poems). 
Peacock Journal. October 11, 2016.

"What Can Secrets and Confessions Reveal?" (blog).
Psychology Today. October 17, 2016. 
"How I Celebrate Life 15 Years After My First Cancer Diagnosis" (blog).  Huffington Post. October 19, 2016. 

"Why Should You Write Memoir?" (blog). PSYCHALIVE. 
October 20, 2016. 
"Surviving Breast Cancer: Journaling Your Way" (essay).
Fiftiness. October 24, 2016.   

"Post Breast Cancer: Navigating a New Body Image" (essay).
Fiftiness. October 25, 2016.  

Creatively yours,

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