"How did it get late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how has the time flewn. How did it get late so soon?
~ Dr. Seuss

As depicted in the quote above, Dr. Seuss seemed to always get it right. His view of life puts ours in the best perspective. He also offers something we all need more of--a good laugh! Sparking laughter is also a way to get in touch with your inner child. Recently, to get in touch with my own inner child, I bought the entire Dr. Seuss collection to read by myself and also to my grandchildren. His writing is both timeless and ageless, and seems to be the easiest way to put a smile on my face.

As mentioned in my last newsletter, in addition to having a sense of humor, it's important that we nurture an attitude of gratitude. When we offer gratitude it makes others feel better. It can also be considered a form of self-care because it's a way of getting in touch with our heart center.

Speaking of self-care, make sure to check out my article, "Dealing With the Noise in Our Heads," which offers tips on quieting the mind. During this busy holiday season, with long to-do lists, it's important to make time to quiet our minds. While you're there, check out my article, "Transcending With Words," which discusses how writing is another example of self-care. As a holiday gift to yourself, consider buying a new journal. Then, if you're having trouble deciding what to write, consider these Conversation Cards for Meaningful Storytelling, which can be used to stimulate ideas. They also serve as great writing prompts.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season. Hopefully, this will include honoring wonderful you by taking time for yourself and engaging in a calming self-care activity of your choosing!

Happy Holidays and beyond!

  • Write about a holiday tradition that you love.
  • Write about a memorable event that happened this time of year.
  • Write about the best gift you ever received.
  • Make a list of favorite self-care activities.
Only months before the start of the pandemic, I created Conversation Cards for Meaningful Storytelling, inspired by my book, Writing for Bliss.

It turned out that the timing of its release was perfect for all of us stuck home on Zoom calls with friends, family, and colleagues. The cards are great for Internet family gatherings, and also in-person gatherings. They're for everyone across the generations.

In fact, my inspiration for creating them was my college student assistant who told me one day that she wanted to know about her grandmother's life, but she didn't know what to ask her. Hence, we came up with this idea. It's so much fun to learn about everyone, especially across the miles and the generations.

In summary, the cards can be used in any number of ways including: 

  • dinner table storytelling games 
  • date night 
  • picnics
  • Zoom group chats
  • holiday and birthday gatherings
  • journaling prompts

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"Life and Death." Black Coffee Review. Fall 2021.

"Who Will Be At My Funeral? (poem). Vita Poetica. Fall 2021.

"Invisible Love." (poem). Blood and Bourbon: Magic Issue. Fall 2021.

"Metamorphosis—Is It Your Time for Change?" (article). The Good Men Project. November 4, 2021.

"Coping With the Loss of A Grandparent." (article). Medium. November 8, 2021.

"Transcending With Words." (article). The Good Men Project. November 11, 2021.

"The Importance of Gratitude This Thanksgiving." (article). Sixty and Me. November 17, 2021.

"Dealing With the Noise in Our Heads." (article). The Good Men Project. November 18, 2021.

"Coping With the Loss of a Grandparent." (article). The Wisdom Daily. November 24, 2021.

"A Passionate Attitude of Gratitude." (article). The Good Men Project. November 25, 2021.

Typically, to choose a book to read, I will search my favorite authors to learn about any new releases or I might go to my local independent bookstore and scan the tables looking for a cover or topic that resonates with me. On most occassions, I end up in the memoir or biography section, however, this book on the table, attracted me. Who could not be interested in magic?

This book is a page-turning adventure. From the time you begin until you flip to the last page, you will be on an enchanted on a magical journey about witchcraft in the 17th century. The main protagonist, Maria, practices witchcraft and while she has harrowing experiences as a smart women at a time when smart women were deemed intimidating, the story unfolds in the most beautiful manner. It's a true distraction, but really grounded in a practice that has its place in today's world, while offering so many timeless wisdoms. In addition, you will receive many receipts for magic potions and other witchcraft tidbits. Great holiday reading!
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