Archive for October, 2009

Halloween “memoiries”

I have many wonderful “memoiries” of Halloween as a child.  It seems that I couldn’t wait to fill up my pillow case full of great pieces of candy as my friends and I canvassed the neighborhood.  We liked it when the neighbors would give us the “good” candy, you know what I mean…not the homemade kind that my mother would diligently toss out, but the hersheys, snickers, almond joy and the likes.  The worst part of Halloween for me as a kid was the fact that my mom would always make me put on a coat over the top of my costume…sometimes you couldn’t even tell what I was supposed to be!  I remember one time I was one of the monkeys from the wizard of oz, another time raggedy ann or a hobo.  Last year when I was living in PGA West there wasn’t even one trick or treater who came to my door!  I guess living in a gated older community there probably aren’t a lot of children in their cute costumes, but I do miss the little ones!  I asked one of my student’s this week who has a young son what he was going to be for Halloween this year and she said a storm trooper.  Isn’t it amazing that my son, Kurt, who is now almost 21, was a storm trooper when he was in 3rd grade!  Amazing that somethings will always stay the same…

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Palm Springs Writers Guild

If you are available Saturday, October 31, please make plans to come to our meeting at the Rancho Mirage Library from 2 pm to 4 pm.  This is a great organization for those who write!  The cost of membership is only $40. and for that price you can attend special workshops and also enter the contests!

I was proud to accept the chair position for the Junior Writer’s Guild.  This excellent program is serving the 3 middle schools in the Desert Sands Unified School District.  I met today with the administration at the Colonel Mitchell Paige School in Palm Desert and will be working with the student’s to build a strong community of writer’s.

Any one who would love to join the Palm Springs Writer’s Guild and consider becoming a mentor let me know!  What a rewarding experience to work with young students and get them excited about the joys of writing!

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Finding balance

A part of our work on earth is finding a balance on a personal level:  How do I give and take?  How do I make time for myself and time for others, and with others?  How can my relationship with my partner encompass the gifts we both bring?  How can this partnership nurture us and nurture others?

We also need to find balance on a global level: How do we take advantage of the gifts of the planet without overusing them?  How do we maintain our own integrity and care for others at the same time?

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The beauty of balance…

Balancing is an art.  It is a way to embrace thinking, feeling, acting, resting, seeing, listening, and touching without being overwhelmed.  I want to feel the goodness of living well-balanced days: spending time alone and time with friends, eating cookies and broccoli (not at the same time!), enjoying the sun and walking in the moonlight, reading and writing, talking and listening.

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Think project, not process…

If the idea of being creative sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t think project, think process.  Sometimes it is helpful to focus on just one piece of the process.  As you express yourself you are honoring your own individual uniqueness.  One simple way to write your memoir is to use The Complete Memoir Workbook.  You can contact me to purchase this wonderful workbook.  Over 200 pages and the cost is only $35.00.  Makes a wonderful gift as well!

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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