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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THOUGHTS ON WRITING AND PUBLISHING MY ‘POETIC MEMOIR’

WHAT I LEARNED FROM WRITING MY FIRST BOOK First of all, it is not an easy process. Writing a book. I found it is a bit like having a baby (although I’ve never had human children!) I definitely went  through the labor pains, but I am so glad, relieved and proud that this thing is DONE. I learned so much through writing this book. I thought I would share some of my insights with you. The most important lesson in this whole process was that ‘in the long run you must listen to your own heart.’ Yep. Simple …but a very important lesson here. My gut told me what to do in every aspect of this book. I’ve waited 50 years to publish a book so I knew I must do it my way. That was vital to me. I had many well meaning friends and editors helping me which I appreciated a lot.…

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TUESDAY TRUTHS- IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH?

IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH??  I had a dream that jolted me up last night. This dream had a moral to it. You know how some dreams don’t make much sense overall but you get a different feeling or vibe when you wake up in the morning?  You sense this  moral that comes out of the story of your dream which changes your whole mood for the day? Well, today I feel a shift.  I feel a whole new vibe about life. Funny but this shift in attitude happened in conjunction  with the recent ‘Strawberry Moon’.  You know that Solar eclipse/summer solstice  thing which happened last weekend?  I read about the summer solstice online. I will paraphrase:  This Strawberry moon, summer solstice, this coming together hasn’t occurred since 1960’s and won’t happen again till 2062′.  I just realized that something has also ‘come together’ in my brain.  In conjunction with…

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS-ON WRITING MY FIRST BOOK

THOUGHTS ON WRITING & PUBLISHING MY POETRY BOOK Hi everyone! I have been very busy editing and formatting my first ever book.  It is a poetry book called ‘CATCH A POEM BY THE TALE”. Thank you to my friend  Val for thinking up this brilliant title! I thought I would share a bit of my process with you and let you know how its been going. ‘I didn’t choose writing. Writing chose me’. This quote pretty much sums up how I feel about my new found obsession with writing. It started in January of this year after my cat BigBoy died. My pen just would not stop moving. I started with my Memoir. I wrote about 40,000 words towards it but then hit a bit of a block with it. It was advised to me by Memoir writing friends to put it on the back burner for awhile to let it simmer.…

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS- OPTIMIST FOR A DAY?

OPTIMIST FOR A DAY? I was talking to a friend of mine Olga the other day. She is 64 years old and just had a diagnosis of very serious stage 4 cancer but she was glowing. Two of her beloved cats also  died in the course of a two week period. ‘So much shit on her plate!’ I thought and she is still SUCH an optimist! How do some people even in the face of awful experiences seem to have that optimistic (It’ll all be fine) glow about them?. I was interested in how she got to be that way so I asked her. She said ‘I just feel deep down  that everything will work out in the end and I have a lot of faith in a Higher Presence”. Another friend of mine Barb is  a complete optimist too. She says that no matter what shit life hands her, and there will be a…

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