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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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the "square"

I have a brand new "Square" that I'd give someone who reads this blog. It works very well with a smartphone in enabling your clients or customers to use a credit card. I already have one so can't use this one.
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Publishing sessions May 18th

In these two sessions I will be able to review a lot of new stuff that has happened in publishing in the last year. Anyone interested in writing for publication will get good orientation, I promise.
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Soul Writing workshop last weekend

A lovely group of women attended my Soul Writing workshop on Sunday. They were all so eager for tools for deepening their spirituality. I love to relate to people on that level and am grateful for their energy.
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season of renewal

All the major religions now celebrate the rebirth of the spirit, derived from the vernal equinox when the soil becomes receptive, the sap runs in trees, and we too can feel refreshed. I am offering a "soul writing workshop" (see Events) that will enable people to delve into their depths to stir the pot of creative juices. Instead of April being the "cruelest" month, let's permit our spirits to flower along with the daffodils and tulips.
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The difference listening to a book makes

Am listening to Murakami's 1Q84 with both a man and a woman reading. It's like a play unfolding. I am entranced by this mysterious story.
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Can Sex-ecology tempt you?

This excerpt appears in my chapter on the Earth's Soul in current book...
Sex-ecology:
Annie Sprinkle (women’s erotica writer, porn star, educator, activist, filmmaker) and her wife, Elizabeth Stephens (artist and educator), seek to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun, and diverse. Switching the metaphor of “Earth as Mother” to “Earth as Lover,” their manifesto is in part: “We shamelessly hug trees, massage the earth with our feet, caress stones.” In public performances they have married trees, the moon, the sun, and the sky. (See loveartlab.org.)  Read More 
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Cherished inspiration & support

Ira Progoff, founder of the Intensive Journal method, wrote this poem I've always cherished:
"If I did not believe
that the wisdom of life
is greater than my own wisdom,
I could not have survived,
It is more than a faith now,
a knowledge.
I know,
that, great as my wisdom is,
--almost as great as my will and my desire --
yet the wisdom of life is greater.
And, as I could not float upon water when I tried to,
now I can float upon life
without trying.
In this is my wisdom
and the wisdom of anyone
to know that I know not
how to carry the weight of my existence.
But the waters of life will carry it for me
In their wisdom.
That is the wisdom of life
from which comes all power
and the ultimate glory.
And the greatness of my wisdom lies
in letting life be wise." Read More 
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Handout on publishing resources

If you would like a selected resource list on getting published, recommended e-publishers, and marketing, send me $10 for it. P.O. Box 1123, Bozeman, MT 59771.
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Writing Children's Books, mid-winter post

Greatly enjoyed the abundant creativity of people who attended my Writing & Illustrating Books for Children. It snowed the night before, some traveled long distances; thus these Montanans showed their strong spirit.
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