“I’ve always felt that my ‘style’—the careful projection onto paper of who I think I am—was my only marketable asset, the only possession that might set me apart from other writers.” ---William Zinsser

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

So, You Wanna Write?

I'm conducting a retreat session at A Soulful Retreat for Women, Originally Inspired by Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" in Pipestem, West Virginia during the weekend of May 21-23, 2010. The workshop will encourage participants to find their own voice, and their own way, through writing, whether it’s a paying gig or for personal pleasure. Go to http://retreatwv2010.wordpress.com/"Create-A-Way" Women's ARTbundance™ Retreat for further information.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ancient Meditative Yoga

At Igniting Possibilities retreats, I do a series of simple standing poses, emphasizing the breath, balance, and focus, because the participants are usually new to yoga. During my morning yoga practice at home, I do a number of sun salutations, adding variations for half an hour or so, then I move into a balancing pose like tree or dancer before settling into savasana for final relaxation. Yoga should be physically challenging, encourage balance and focus, and be a continuous meditation that calms the mind by being focused on the poses and the breath. Yoga has given me physical strength, harmony, mind-body connection, and serenity. Its ancient wonders have no equal. I like to share my yoga experience with others.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

WORD LOVER’S RETREAT - April 30-May 2

Join writers Les Roberts and Claudia Taller for a weekend of playing with words, learning the elements of a good story, exploring the poetic voice in fiction and non-fiction, and participating in critique sessions. The porches of the Idlewyld B&B in Lakeside, Ohio’s Chautauqua on Lake Erie’s Shore, await you. With fourteen rooms, eleven baths, two front porches, and located at 350 Walnut Avenue on Marblehead Peninsula (www.idlewyldbb.com/), the Idlewyld is the home away from home for Word Lovers Retreats. Weekend rates range from $180 for a shared room with a shared bath to $325 for a private room with a private bath. Contact Claudia Taller at ctallerwrites@wowway.com or 440-554-6406 for information on room availability and the cost for one person or the cost for two to share. Saturday-only fee is $75. Don’t delay--REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 23, 2010.

A Winding Road - Writing

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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.