Take Notes

A storyteller has a gift, a talent that, when trained and exercised, blossoms. Like a musician who composes a symphony, a storyteller starts with a blank piece of paper, listens, and writes down a few notes, a baseline, perhaps based on an...

Fall is Here

Fall is a time of wonder. Days gets shorter, nights longer. Temperatures drop. Less sunlight and more cold means less natural energy. People retrieve into their homes, seeking shelter, warmth, protection. This is a natural cycle for greater...

Writing is an Art

I’m writing a new novel which, to my great delight, is taking shape. Writing to me is an art, like painting a beautiful picture. It starts with an idea, then a sketch, then you fill in the colors, and outlines, the details, until it’s complete...

Horse Races

I visited the Del Mar Horse Races recently and admire the skills of the horses and jockeys alike. My main focus, however, was on the Outriders in their red jackets who quietly spend hours on horseback, alert for any potential dangers – a loose...

Enhance Your Life

Southern California sees many tourists in the summer, so when we don’t travel, we get to meet interesting people from around the globe. I recently got to chat with visitors from North Dakota, Arizona, Switzerland and Ghana. While I could share...

Hello Young Authors!

Talking to 50 aspiring young authors at the Teen Summer Writing Camp this year was fun, especially seeing their enthusiasm during the free book drawing. Good luck to all of you! I look forward to seeing your published work some day and receiving...

Create Beauty

Thoughts, emotions and moods hold vibrations that are felt, carried and sent. Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts, envy, jealousy, anger or fear, switch your intent to positive thoughts such as gratitude, forgiveness, compassion...

Get the Move On

Summertime calls for us to be outside, take walks through the neighborhood, hike a trail in the woods, swim in a lake or pool, surf, walk a beach, build a sand castle, ride a bike, play a team sport. Be adventurous. Do something you’ve always...

Pick a Theme

For the summer, where we have more light and longer daytime hours, pick a theme of something you want to work on: make room for more enthusiasm, more physical fitness, more joy, more playtime, more inner peace, more beauty inside and out. Make...

Happy Fourth of July!!!

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. We’ve come far since then. Do you feel free? Independent?...