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Contents copyright 2023 by Valerie Harms

Books & Podcasts

Am reading Ivan Doig's Last Bus to Wisdom. It is so charming and he has such an original style and it was his last book -- I recommend it.

Also listening to Sherman's and Jess' podcast called "A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment", their repartee about writing life, and then true art when Sherman read about saying goodbye to his dog. He always breaks my heart.  Read More 
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Workshop with Heide

Here is a photo of our board after the workshop was over. I am so glad I had a private lunch with Heidi as we really connected over love for animals and Anais Nin.
In her presentation she mentioned how self-rejection leads to loneliness. We project rejection, real & imaginal, and then try to protect ourselves.

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Workshop on Loneliness

I've been working on a program Montana Friends of Jung is hosting in Bozeman Nov. 13-14. Jungian analyst Heide Kolb will be the presenter (see www.jungianwork.com). Loneliness will be explored as a link to grief, a symbol, and how to transform it from debilitating to creative. Ask me for a flyer if interested.
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Panel at Missoula Book Festival

The weekend is over. Many writers and book lovers gathered at venues around the city. I was on a panel on Publishing Perspectives. I told the story behind each of my books. For several I've had no agent, several sold right away, a couple were work for hire (although one of those was for a high fee), one was with a top agent, and 2 others self-published. I cover the territory.

I always enjoy breakfast at Catalyst, the Farmers Market, and ice cream at the Big Dipper.
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Rafa Nadal & Hilfiger

I am rather blown away by Nadal's gorgeous body as it appears in the T. Hilfiger ads. Also surprised that he posed as he is rather shy, except on the tennis court he's a warrior. Earlier this summer tennis star Stan Wawrinka posed nude. What's with these tennis players?
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Sex & Love

On Medium.com I just published a blog about my response to an article in Vanity Fair on those who use the dating apps to hook up. I'd also just read Kent Haruf's tender book Our Souls at Night. I am concerned about hasty sex with little conversation and what it does to the souls of both men and women.  Read More 
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Missoula Book Festival

Lots of good things planned. I am on a publishing panel Saturday at 2:30. Here's the link to the schedule....https://montanabookfestival2015.sched.org/
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Elvis Presley and I

On the anniversary of Elvis' death I once again mention that I knew Elvis in the early days and wrote about that time in "Tryin' To Get To You", my favorite song. I saw a good DVD called Road Show in which first Elvis sings a song, then Johnny Cash (who used to open for him) -- all from the early days. Read More 
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Missoula Book Festival

Wow, I've been distracted all summer. I finished my novel, I've hiked all around, I've visited family, I've worked on the Fall issue of Distinctly Montana Magazine. Now am proud that I'll be part of the Missoula Book Festival Sept. 12th as the organizers rarely, if ever, make room for psychological books.
I hope a good film is showing at the Roxy and am looking forward to a Mexican chocolate and cardamon cone.  Read More 
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Interview by James Strecker

See the link to the right

or Google James Strecker Valerie Harms

It's very in depth
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