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Happy birthday, Anais Nin, Feb. 21.

Anais was a "mother" of mine. I loved her diaries on writing, art, relationships -- all my major concerns.
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Writing to Art

Let's do writing in response to pictures of paintings or sculpture or places. I spent an hour "being with" several images and wrote prose poems about them. It's a good way to find your experience of the artwork, not just saying "I like it". I invite you to share your paintings and words.
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Michael Chabon on hating dreams

This is a kick and shows why Chabon is so skilled a writer...

I hate dreams. Dreams are the Sea Monkeys of consciousness: in the back pages of sleep they promise us teeming submarine palaces but leave us, on waking, with a hermetic residue of freeze-dried dust. The wisdom of dreams is a fortune on paper that you can’t cashout, an oasis of shimmering water that turns, when you wake up, to a mouthful of sand. I hate them for their absurdities and deferrals, their endlessly broken promise to amount to something, by and by. I hate them for the way they ransack memory, jumbling treasure and trash. I hate them for their tedium, how they drag on, peter out, wander off.

Pretty much the only thing I hate more than my own dreams are yours. “I was flying over Lake Michigan in a pink Cessna,” you begin, “only it wasn’t really Lake Michigan…,” and I sink, cobwebbed, beneath a drifting dust of boredom.  Read More 
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Bunnies & books

An artist who has delighted me for decades is Sas Colby. Here are a couple of her bunny images--reading or listening to a book.
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DVD on major Jungian themes with Murray Stein

I highly recommend this DVD. Murray Stein who narrates is a leading Jungian analyst and author.
The 4 pillars of Jungian therapy
INDIVIDUATION
A lifelong developmental process and the ultimate challenge for living life to its fullest & how to use the concepts both personally & clinically.
TRANSFERENCE
An in-depth look at the relationship between client and  Read More 
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