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2 best books this month

Two of the best books I've read this month are:
Jewelry Box by Aurelie Sheehan (I have to admit she's my daughter but the book shows much artistry.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, a big fast-moving book about a 19th c. woman botanist. Excellent characters, theme, places. It's totally absorbing.
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The picture before reading

Bozeman's Country Bookshelf is so beautiful. I was lucky to have many friends and former workshop participants attend. I also got to wear my new purple pants and had my hair fixed up by Trevor at Theory salon. Then I went to Macy's and had Gretchen do a light makeup. Then I was struck by inspiration and asked my neighbor, Alexis Pike, who teaches photography at MSU, to take a photo of me with my short hair. She obliged and brought over a light reflector and in 10 minutes turned out the best pix of me yet. Thanks, Alexis.  Read More 
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About reading at Country Bookshelf, Oct. 1

Come if you can...Oct. 1 reading at Country Bookshelf, 28 W. Main St., Bozeman.
I will discuss my new book, Your Soul at a Crossroads ~ with steps you can take not to lose it. This book is part memoir and part depth guide to finding the right path in relationships, work, health, and nature. Exercises enable you to find your inner wisdom and personal meaning. The book also contains chapters on dreams, rebirth symbols, & myths. This is Valerie's 10th book. The beautiful Country Bookshelf is Montana's largest independent bookstore, located at 28 W. Main in Bozeman.  Read More 
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Goodreads review sections

I've just put on my Books page places where you can review my books and link to Goodreads. Take advantage of Goodreads. I recommend it.
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Country Bookshelf reading

Am happy to know that the Country Bookshelf here in Bozeman would like me to present Your Soul at a Crossroads on Tuesday, Oct. 1st. This bookstore is excellent.
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Your Soul at a Crossroads ~ with steps you can take not to lose it

Now available as a paperback or ebook...
Published by Magic Circle Press

This book enables readers to confidently choose the right path when up against many choices in their lives. It provides exercises on relationships, work, and health that uncover the spiritual wisdom rooted in the individual’s soul. It offers both inspiration and memoir.

Everyone has difficulties — some inordinately hard — but all essential to their fate. We struggle in relationships, work, health, and with how to live meaningfully. Sometimes we’re high, sometimes low, always in flux, but when we die to one way of life, we are reborn into another. This book aims at helping you find renewal and transcendence after life delivers a blow.
Find the meaning of your life within you, not out there somewhere, by using the techniques that have aided me and others for decades. If you are confused about what your next steps are and you try these exercises, they will give you fresh courage and insights to bring into your life…and world.
Contents cover the essence of timing, dialogue guidelines, examples from the author’s life and others’, dreams, death, and evocative rebirth symbols and myths.

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Progoff's Intensive Journal Method

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My take on the Intensive Journal Method
The structure and theory behind it were developed by therapist, Ira Progoff, in the late 1960s as a non-judgmental, psychological, and spiritual tool that people could use on their own. Far more dynamic than ordinary diary-keeping, the Journal method is “one of the unique inventions of our time,” Joseph Campbell said.
I agree. It works, and I wish everyone would benefit from it as I have for the past four decades.  Read More 
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A Guide to Publicity and Promotion

Want to toot the news about your book or project? I recommend you purchase the $5 PDF download from Poets & Writers of their Guide to Publicity and Promotion. See pw.org. They have lots of helpful advice, including their bi-monthly magazine, for writers.
If any of you have other marketing ideas, let's start sharing them, how about it? Read More 
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Special offer in soul writing

Special offer for 4 sessions of instruction in soul writing -- $125.00. Involves depth psychology techniques, Jungian-oriented exercises in relationships, work, and health issues. If you are unsure what to do next, here is your chance to find your true path based on your own inner resources. Based on my forthcoming book, Your Soul at a Crossroads.
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Trip to Morocco

I went to Morocco because I’d loved the way Anais Nin described it in her diary and I’d loved The Arabian Nights as a child, and later the 19th c. adventurous heroines (such as Isabel Burton) described in The Wilder Shores of Love seemed intrepid in their venturing into the mysterious Arab world. Anais was only in Fez for a short time. She focused on the “hammams” (baths), talking to the women about their cosmetics. Her distaste for their ample, ample flesh is palpable but then she was petite and slender. She found in the densely winding corridors of the “medina” a metaphor for the labyrinths of the mind. (I met a man who said she had Berber blood).
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