21 Days of Journaling in November and a Short but TRUE Story for You!

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I stopped in to Gansett Goods,  a local gift store here in Narragansett, Rhode Island, with my dear friend Christine who was visiting from Texas last month. Little did I know that after a casual comment about seeing my book displayed alongside journals would lead to…well, my book alongside journals right there in this unique and wonderful gift shop.

After our initial connection and conversation I ordered books – the first time since 2017 and the store owner Jaime and I  got together and had a little display party. AT least that’s what it seemed like. Apparently, she had a vision for my books to be on display by those journals as well!

We adjusted lots of journals, designer candles with matching matches packages, beautiful mugs and…wait for it…PLANNERS, on the display table and chatted about everything from creativity, artists, and business to those deep things that come up in neat ways by God’s design. How cool is that?

Meanwhile, if you are a local Rhode Islander OR one of our many visitors, be sure and stop by her store for unique and beautiful gifts from local artists and all kinds of creatives everywhere. Hey if you’re in the area and buy my book, I’ll run over there and sign it, if you like, and maybe we can chat over coffee at Cool Beans! I’ll fill you in on the best places to go here in the littlest state with the sweetest shores!

Next thing to know … for those who have purchased my book, THANK YOU- and in November I am thanking you with 21 Days of Journaling! I will hold daily readings, prompts and other ridiculous fun in a private Facebook group to help you fire up your  journaling practice.

Sometimes things don’t go as I plan, imagine or intend. But, I know one thing…what’s for me will not pass me. I can trust God for all I see and don’t see, and all that comes to pass and doesn’t. Same goes for you…are you ready to see where a simple daily journaling practice can lead? How writing thoughts can help transform a heart and mind. Discover the power to be found between the end of the pen and the paper…and the surprises that await as we journal for discovery and delight!

 November 21 Day Journaling  Group

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If you don’t have the book yet… wait, WHAT?

NOW is the time!

You will need to have a book to gain entry into the private group on Facebook. 

Just head over to the Facebook page and you will see a Button for Group access.

YOU MUST ANSWER THE QUESTIONS in order to gain access!

                             Go to    Facebook Page

 

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It’s so important that we take the time to celebrate life, cultivate the gifts God gives us and share them with one another. This is my way of sharing, once again, a bit of that -as I go and as WE go together! 

 

Hello Spring, Are You There?

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I’m not sure of the weather where you are situated at this moment, but rumor has it, Spring is right around the corner. Since this may appear doubtful…depending on where you ARE situated, I thought I’d share some poetic inspiration about the most elusive season…

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Rhode Island Writers: 4th Annual Anthology


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As you may already know, I am part of a local group of writers who gather weekly to share their writing. The writers in our group come from amazingly diverse backgrounds but we come together to share in a community of writing, listening, learning and seeking to understand each other and our world a little better.

It is in this spirit I share our latest offering made possible by our leader Linda Langlois who spends the many hours required editing and finalizing details to make our work available to others. The fact is many of the writers in our group are published in various newspapers, periodicals, and books. But, the beauty of the group is we all come for the love of writing. Period. So anyone who has the slightest inkling in that direction is welcome. As a matter of fact,  you might not even realize you love writing until you get around a group of crazy, word-loving wild-eyed writerly folk.

So here we are at the end of another year of writing adventures…with this offering available-  I have heard many of the stories shared in this book, and I assure you if you enjoy short stories, poetry, and a well-turned word, I encourage you to treat yourself to this anthology! I promise you will not be disappointed.

The poems listed below are my contributions included in this anthology and they are not published anywhere else; however, I have read a few of them at local poetry events. Although I like to let poetry be open to interpretation of the reader the poems shared for this anthology are – as always – a glimpse into the heart and soul of the one who writes. These poems were written and/or worked on over the last two years. Especially significant to me and for our times are The Wisdom of Trees and Winged Community which both have been shared for local events. If you would like to hear me read any of the poems listed, let me know in the comments and I will consider sharing a video.

 

Today While Getting Coffee

Drivers Permit

The Wisdom of Trees

Winged Community

The Driver and The Deer

Somewhere Between Neck Pain and Dementia

 

You can read a few of my favorite writers  from the group in the following posts:

You Have a Girl (Guest Post by Linda Langlois)

Nike (A Special Guest Post by Marjorie Vorhaben)

Beginning of the End (Guest Post by Jack Barry)

The Journal (Guest Post by Bethany Taylor)

 

The 4th Annual Anthology by The Neighborhood Guild Creative Writers is available on Amazon NOW in Kindle and paperback. To get the book on Amazon CLICK HERE.

 

 

Blaze Your Own Trail

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I have just returned from a weekend Writers’ Conference here in New England. My mind is still racing and I am heading into a busy week…I am hoping to catch a bit more time to process the wealth of information, beauty and diverse voices  I experienced during this  event. Meantime, as always finding the way back into my own rhythm includes a bit of poetry. Poetry is my pathway to clarity,  focus, vision, and possibility. I  hope to be sharing more about that soon…I promise big news is on the horizon, and I can’t wait to share it with you! One small step for this writer…and for you, my faithful  readers and friends!

Meanwhile,  I pray this simple affirming words breathe freshness into your day. For those of you who follow my Instagram account, this is my response to the Spontaneous Journal Prompt I shared on August 16th. I wrote it this morning, but it is the ruminating question  on my mind as I consider my  current writing life.

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The Empty Glass and Understanding Poetry

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My husband and I attended a “Poetry Jam” in Pawcatuck, Connecticut at a lovely Cafe  (Valiant Brothers Provisions)  this week which was hosted by RI Poet Laureate Emeritus Lisa Starr and her former High School Creative Writing  Teacher, Lou Gabordi. It was a a wonderful night of excellent food, warm laughter and  a deliciously eclectic mix of words.

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