I MUST … TRUST

I MUST … TRUST Ok with so much uncertainty and apprehension in the air today and the inauguration five days away I sense so much fear in people and DISTRUST. Distrust of politicians, media etc. So many friends are downright fearful and on edge. Some are also complaining and rightly so about ObamaCare being taken away from them and freaking out. Others say their biggest MISTRUST and fear is that Russia might influence our country now and Donald might turn America into a dictatorship. OYVEY! SO how do we hold onto TRUST that things will be ok in the midst of all this? I’ve been thinking a lot of the word TRUST  lately. I talk on the phone often to a wonderful friend, who is a super spiritual person and a total optimist. I love that about her. She always seems to throw in the word  TRUST in all of our conversations. Deep down she believes in the…

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ANXIETY. NO LONGER A STIGMA.

  ANXieTY. NO LoNGER a STigMa. So, I turned on the morning shows today. I don’t watch them often, especially because there’s way too much screaming and yelling and ‘non-news’ on them. Such irony but today two shows in a row had stories about Anxiety and Panic. The Today Show had a story called ‘Anxiety in these hard and uncertain times’. The story talked about how more and more people are totally anxious these days because there is more uncertainty than ever in the world.  They suggested people turn to meditation and mindfulness to relieve anxiety. Then I turned on Good Morning America and there was a story called ‘Messes into Messages’. There were three anchor people talking about ‘Turning their messes into messages’. Hmm… First to tell his story was the anchorman, Dan Harris. He talked about the panic attack he had on air during the Nightly News. They…

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In 100 Days we will all be 100 days Older!

We all have one thing in common: In 100 days we will all be 100 days older!   I just got back from the Urgent Care. The doctor said I now have Chronic Bronchitis. It started as Acute Bronchitis but it has now gone into the chronic stage. I got another stronger shot in the butt and four more new prescriptions. Antibiotic, Inhaler Prednisone , and super strong NINJA cough syrup! FUN!! So my 2017  ‘plan’ to go back to music this year is NOT happening—yet. Plans thwarted! Ok. What do you do when your plan gets thwarted? Do you cry, moan, get stagnant, angry, throw a fit, eat a pint of icecream— or do you attempt to move on to another idea? This is what came to me through my recent bout with the ‘cruds’. I can still write without a voice. My fingers can still move. So, I decided to make…

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DONT. You. Dare. Read. This. BLOG!

DONT. You. Dare. Read.  This. BLOG! I decided to name todays Blog,  DONT. You. Dare. Read. This BLOG! as a bit of an experiment. Does anyone ever read my Blogs? Who the heck knows? I honestly never write my Blogs for others. I write them so that I can practice writing and become a better writer. Period. When I sit down to compose a Blog I think of how fun it is to write and I think of what I want to say, or express today. Composing a story to me is a wonderful creative act  and I learn from every Blog I write.  One of my creative goals this year is to write more consistently.  The only way you improve at something is to keep doing it. So, I keep doing it. There are millions of BLOGGERS  out there now in the BLOG-O-SPHERE,  I am well aware of this,…

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THE ONE TWO PUNCH … oh and Happy New Year?

THE ONE-TWO PUNCH  It seems to me that so many people are feeling weary from 2016. This is an understatement I’m sure. First,  it was weariness from all the politics, then the police brutality cases and rioting,  the non-stop terrorist attacks, unspeakable wars in Syria and the overall uncertainties in the world. For me, it was also a weariness from the feelings of helplessness to do much about any of it at all. I’m not sure about you but to me it felt like getting punched hard in the gut, not once but over and over, all year long. In my own life, I went through a huge amount of personal upheavals too. So many changes and uncertainties it was like a rollercoaster ride that I just had to hold on to…or a wave I had to ride until it was through crashing onto the shore. A YEAR OF UPHEAVAL AND UNCERTAINTY…

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FOLLOWING mY MUSE BACK TO MUSIC

After finishing my 3rd book I finally  felt compelled to do music again. I haven’t done a new musical project in a long time.  I haven’t written any new songs in a very long time either .  Actually over  20 yrs!! …so this is pretty exciting. At age 55 I am back to recording. When lyrics (in poem form)  started flowing out of me recently I was so darn  happy to feel that creative urge again after such a dry spell. If any of you have had dry spells  in your life but might know how wonderful it feels to finally have a breakthrough! All along  while writing my books I had this feeling that the floodgates were opening not only for my poetry books but for me to begin to write songs again. Honestly,  for many years I was longing to write new material but nothing was coming to…

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SCREW PERFECTION. ‘Err on the side of Completion’.

‘ERR ON THE SIDE OF COMPLETION’ Seth Godin is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. He is an inspiration to me. He says he puts out a blog every day, 365 days a year and has done that for years. No matter what– he puts it out there with no expectation except  the accomplishment of getting it done! He started doing the Blog posts just for himself  to get the discipline of doing it without worrying about the result. He keeps it short and real but he does it every single day.  (Here is his blog –  sethgodin.typepad.com)  I totally resonate with this concept. My main goal, with my blog was  to become a better writer, period. The only way you get better at something is by doing it. DUH.  It’s like building a muscle. Gotta keep on producing more stuff. Just create content he emphasizes. He highly  recommended creative people ‘put…

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A conversation with my friend in Iraq. (Part 1 from a series of conversations) AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP

AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP I have a friend named Sabah. He lives in Bagdhad, Iraq. He is 26 years old. I am a 54-year-old Jewish woman living in America.  You might wonder what we have in common. Well… …its Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow, to be honest.  I’ll explain more later. There is so much we Americans don’t know about the Middle East and what goes on in reality, over there.  I think it’s important to get information straight from a source, so when I met Sabah on Facebook many years ago I had this idea to share  his thoughts about his life with you. Also to share a bit about our Unlikely Friendship. We have developed a long and interesting friendship over the years.  I can’t recall exactly how we met, and neither can he actually (HA!)  but he and I have  been corresponding for about four years now and I consider him a…

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It takes a WARRIOR SPIRIT…

IT TAKES A WARRIOR SPIRIT  to be a writer … or to do anything you totally believe in! So, it has been a month or so since publishing my first book ‘Catch a Poem by the Tale’  and also my second book ‘Limerick Explosion  which  exploded from my brain a short time after. I want to thank all of you  who have responded so positively to my books and have written reviews too. I really do appreciate it!      It is a very very vulnerable feeling to publish a book and put your truths out there! UGH! It feels so damn scary on one hand but on the other hand so brave too. I do feel braver than I have ever felt in my 54 years of life, to be honest. So many interesting emotions have arisen for me since publishing. I thought I’d share them with you.      The whole time I’ve…

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THOUGHTS ON WRITING MY FIRST BOOK AND DEALING WITH CRITICS

BRING ON THE CRITICS!!? Hi everyone. Well, my book is now done and up on Amazon and Amazon Kindle. After 7 months of writing, rewriting, editing, formatting , adding art work to the poems, re-editing, reformatting yadda yadda..it is up and out of me.  I am very proud and relieved. I do feel like I had a baby after 7 long months of labor. haha. I’ve never had a baby but I can imagine it could be a similar feeling. As many of you know about me I believe in the wonderful words of authors who have gone ahead of me like Elizabeth Gilbert, author of many books, who said: ‘DONE is better than good’. I do believe that my first book ‘Catch a Poem by the Tale’ is not only done but is better than good! My main goal was to ‘get it done’ and not let perfectionism stop…

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