Thinking about an exciting career change?

Have you ever dreamed of owning and operating an inn in a beautiful vacation destination? Check out my dear friend Teri Anderholm’s website for some fantastic properties in Bar Harbor, Maine and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.  I hope to be offering some journaling classes in St. Croix this winter!


Helps with positive thinking!

Here’s the link to the article which has a second mention of journaling as well:


On the passing of Maya Angelou

The woman poet who read at President Obama’s first inauguration has written a beautiful obituary that appears in today’s New York Times:

But who can say it better than the poet and fighter for justice herself?  Thanks to the Poetry Foundation for sending this as their “Poem of the Day” in an email this morning.


Phenomenal Woman

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

‘Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.



Journaling Weekends Scheduled

Thanks to the Cacapon State Park for providing a discount for lodging during the two weekends I’ll be teaching Journal to the Self workshops.  Come learn 18 different techniques to help you start up or expand your journal practice!  I’ll be writing about each technique over the next few weeks.  Go to the Journaling Workshops tab to register.

Weekend workshop flier