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House of Music Inspires!

17 August 2021

Barbara read House of Music by Kadiatu Kennah-Mason and was inspired by how hard young children would work to perfect their art when supported and encouraged by parents who sacrificed so much.



It’s Hard to Tell the Truth

12 October 2021

Barbara read The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self by Martha Beck and learned just how hard it is to tell truth and nothing but the truth



Still Possible

7 December 2021

Barbara watched David Whyte’s Zoom sessions titled Still Possible and learned a new way to live one day at a time.



Naming Your Emotions Accurately is Step One

18 January 2022

Barbara read Brené Brown’s new book Atlas of the Heart and learned that accurately naming an emotion can help you deal with it.



Can’t Keep No Satisfaction

26 April 2022

Barbara read How to Want Less:  by Arthur C. Brooks and learned why the high of getting what we want doesn’t last very long.



The Joy of Accepted Gifts

21 June 2022

Barbara read Five Ways to Exercise Your Thankfulness Muscles by Tish Harrison Warren and was grateful to have an expert help her understand why accepting help can make you so happy. 



Are You Bored? It Might Be a Good Thing.

16 August 2022

Barbara read How to be Creative by Matt Richtel and was reminded that tolerance for boredom allows new ideas to occur. She’s learning to endure some boredom while also creating enough structure and connection in her life to feel satisfied.



Be a Beginner

25 October 2022

Barbara read Cal Newport’s review of Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning by Tom Vanderbilt and learned that getting back to a “beginner’s mind” can help  you to cope with life’s challenges.



How Books Can Help

14 February 2023

Barbara read Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel by Bonnie Garmus, and was strengthened by the toughness of the main character.



Leaning Into Solitude

11 April 2023

Barbara listened to David Whyte’s Three Sundays Zoom Series called Clear Mind Wild Heart, Finding Clarity and Courage Through Poetry and found reinforcement for thinking positively about solitude.



How Much Alone Time is Too Much?

6 June 2023

Barbara read the New York Times article, I Love You, Now Leave Me Alone: What Friendship Means to an Introvert, by Catherine Pearson and used it to help her return to the right amount of socializing for this stage in her life.



Creative Expression Can Give You Grief Relief

1 August 2023

Barbara read Grief and the Power of Creative Expression on the Hospice Basics website and learned why she has wanted to paint over thirty 9 x 12 canvas boards and five larger stretched canvases during the last year.



Prime the Pump for Writing

26 September 2023

Barbara reread her underlined passages of Writing Without Teachers written in 1973 by her original writing guru, Peter Elbow, and reflected on how his insights inspired the classes she used to teach on how to write about what matters to you.



The Joy and Benefits of Memorizing Poetry

21 November 2023

Barbara read Memorize That Poem! by Molly Worthen and Got Poetry by Jim Holt and decided to return to her practice of memorizing poetry.



Why Writing Longhand is Still a Good Idea

16 January 2024

Barbara read The Case for Writing Longhand: It’s About Trying to Create That Little Space of Freedom by Sara Bahr and appreciated affirmation for something she loves to do—write with a pen.



What Shyness Can Tell You

12 March 2024

Barbara watched David Whyte’s January 2024 Three Sundays Series on The Shyness of Love and learned that shyness can mean new opportunities are on the horizon.



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