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

How did it get to be the last month of 2015? My father was right when he used to say that "the older you get, the faster time goes!" 

Outside of Christmas,(December 25th), and Hanukkah (Dec 6th), there are many other reasons to celebrate in December. As someone who looks for reasons to celebrate, here are some to consider:

December 1 - World Aids Day 
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day 
December 10 - Nobel Prizes a/ Human Rights Day
December 14 - Monkey Day 
December 20 - Winter Solstice 
December 21 - First day of Winter 
December 26 - Day of Goodwill


The Portable Anais Nin by Benjamin Franklin (nonfiction).

Most of my long-term readers know that for years Anaïs Nin has been my muse and mentor. Even though she was most popular in the 1970s, in many ways her work is timeless and resonates with women and men intergenerationally. I particularly relate to Nin's journals because we both began journaling at the age of ten after the loss of a loved one. For those interested and curious about Nin-and who want to get a glimpse into her alluring, interesting, and complex life without reading all her books-this volume is a must read.

Franklin has selected some of Nin's best writings-spanning her four decades as an author-as an introduction into one of the past century's most talented, complex, and intriguing female literary figures. In the Preface, Paul Herron, the editor/publisher of Sky Blue Press who published many of Nin's works, says that this collection represents excerpts from some of Nin's best writing, while at the same time, the reader clearly witnesses her evolution and growth as a writer, from diarist to novelist to overall writing theories. He makes the poignant statement that "Readers new to Anaïs Nin will be enabled to make informed choices when further exploring her work."

This book is highly recommended; it will make a wonderful holiday gift for women across the generations, and also all lovers of the written word.

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favorite spiritual leaders and Buddhist monks. I've never had the opportunity to attend any of his events, but I have had the pleasure of reading many of his books, which offer timely and helpful insights and advice from an old sage.

Thich Nhat Hanh claims that communication and conversations with others-whether in written or oral form-is very nourishing to both the sender and the recipient. He advocates the art of mindfulness as a means to healthy communication, and notes that this includes being more aware, suspending judgment, and paying full attention to what is going on around us. He says that when difficulties occur in our relationships, chances are that nourishment is being given to judgment and anger, rather than to compassion and loving kindness.

When you meet Buddhists, their first act might be to breathe in and out mindfully, join their palms together, and bow to you with respect, offering the message that you have a Buddha within. They may also do so when leaving your presence.

Thich Nhat Hanh suggests being honest with others. If you're unhappy, he recommends saying, "I'm suffering and want you to know." If you're happy, make sure to say, "This is a happy moment." I highly recommend this enlightening book. 

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

"Mindful Writing: Navigating Through The Holidays"

The  Sacred Space, Summerland, CA
4-5:30 pm. $45.
Limited seating.

To register: Sacred Space
(click link above)

"Journaling as Healing With Diana Raab." (podcast).  The Anais Nin Podcast. November 6, 2015.
"Busting Out of My Buster Browns."(essay)  in It's All About Shoes. (Anthology) Edited by Pamela L. Laskin.

"Sanity." (poem) Amgdala Literary Magazine. Issue 2. November 2015.

"Trigger." (poem). Amgdala Literary Magazine. Issue 2. November 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. 


In mid-November, I spent a few days in Maui with my Hawaiian spiritual leader on a private retreat. Her love and knowledge of the spirit of Aloha helped me connect with myself and my ancestors, and also helped me be pono (balanced in right alignment). The healing power of visiting and journaling at sacred sites was extremely powerful and memorable. If Hawaii wasn't so far from my family, I could live there in a heartbeat! After all, I was told that I was Hawaiian in one of my past lives!

  • Write a letter to a loved one who you think of the most this time of year.
  • Make a wish list for the New  Year.


Creatively yours,


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