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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"What Religion Are You?"

It was one of my first New York Stationery Shows.  The Javits Center overwhelmed me, as did the two floors of vendors waiting to ply their wares.  The show lay out encompassed more than fifteen times the square footage of the downtown core in which I conducted my business.  I was one of the largest employers in the small town I was from.  Here, I was clearly one of the smallest fishes in a relatively large stream.

My booth set up was simple and I finished a day in advance of the schedule.  No flashy pre-fabricated walls.  In fact, nothing flashy at all.  Just me and my work.  So the simplicity bought me an entire walk around day in Manhattan that I hadn't anticipated.  Most of the memories of that day are just ripped fragments of paper, the best falafel I'd ever eaten in my life, the burn on my thigh from resting on the stoop of a brownstone.  Among the shreds of incomplete memories is one vivid picture.

Wandering the streets of Greenwich Village.  Mired in thoughts of all the authors and artists whose footsteps I was inadvertently door captured my attention.  Then and now.  In gilded letters on the glass pane of the door, just like a law office or an accountant, appeared THE CHURCH OF THE EXQUISITE PANIC.  I never wanted to know about the church than the thoughts that the name conjured up*.  And the name rose up in my experience whenever I was on the cusp of giving myself over, utterly, to some anxiety about a moment that was not "now."  Without tithe or formality I enrolled myself in the Church of the Exquisite Panic by resisting the temptation to inquire further.

That is, until today.  When I read Janet Conner's (author of WRITING DOWN  YOUR SOUL and instructor of the process of Soul Writing) newsletter declaring she has finally found her religion.  Perhaps someday, when I'm sauntering the hot May sidewalks of Manhattan I'll come upon a door that leads to Janet's religion, "The Church of the Exquisite Amazement."  Perhaps.  The great news is this, I'm already a member!

If you would like to read about Janet's journey, you may do so here:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Loving Letter to Those Feeling Overwhelmed

A Loving Letter to Those Feeling Overwhelmed

Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Who Taught You That?"

"Who taught you that?" is a question that is as much a part of my memories of childhood as my tree fort and banana seat huffy bike. Adults were frequent to question my source of knowledge. I read several grade levels ahead and my mother had arranged unlimited access to all the material in my local library. I was an early "dot connector." If THIS in true, and THIS is true, I would be able to conclude that likely THAT was true. And the source I would cite for the THAT? Me. I have considered my own soul a valued and viable source of knowing since childhood.

When I first became acquainted with Carmen Torbus and her art work, I noted she often described herself as "self taught." That reference would whoosh me back to my own learning experience where it was somehow implied that knowledge was more viable if one received it from a validated source. An OTHER source. My view toward knowingness is very different than what is generally accepted. I believe the knowledge and capacity we each hold within ourselves is our first line of education. That is the first "go to" place I use myself and suggest for others. Then, absent satisfying discovery there, the search begins to circle outward.

Torbus's "self taught" proclamation said many things to me. She embraces her own vision. She has courage. She's willing to fail in order to make discovery. She's innovative. She is imaginative. And over the time I've become more familiar with her and her work...these observations have been proven correct.

Carmen's book, The Artist Unique: Discovering Your Creative Signature Through Inspiration and Techniques, is wonderfully rich and inviting. A circle of five professional artists will be showing their personal, playful side during the month of June. Along with Carmen and me, Liz Kalloch, Christine Mason Miller and Christine Olivarez will each be picking a technique presented in Carmen's book. We each have our own "Creative Signature" known to the people who follow our work. The challenge for us is to choose a technique that we are not particularly familiar with, share the process of learning and, ultimately, give something we've created to a friend of ours. Even though each of us earn our livelihood through the creative process, we also love to give what we make to our treasured friends. Not all our creativity is tied to our careers. We are each passionate creatives who love to discover, explore and just make our "spare time!"

Be watching for photos and story as I share my journey learning about a media I've been reluctant to try. In fact, I've chosen something that I've been heard to say, in low-hard-to-hear-tones, "I'm just not that good at that..." Carmen's inviting me to say something different! And now, when people ask me, "Who taught you THAT?" I'll be able to say, "Carmen Torbus, one of her friends and me!"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Womanhood Week end 2012 Registration Special

I'm delighted to serve as faculty for this awesome event. From Dr. Deanna Davis, the founder of Womanhood Week End:

Here’s an IMPORTANT TIME-SENSITIVE Womanhood message!

We hope that you've had a smooth "re-entry" into life after Womanhood Weekend 2011. We trust that you’re still basking in the glow and hope that you're ready for more in the coming year! Because you asked for "short sound bite" emails (and because we actually listen to you J), please read below...AND RESPOND BY SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH.

The registration page for Womanhood 2012 / Success Summit 2011 is live and ready for you to refer your friends, family, colleagues and random passers-by to register using your alumni discount! As you may recall, if you registered for next year's event at the end of this year's event, you can extend your alumni discount (up to 40% off!) to anyone you refer to the event. BUT THEY MUST REGISTER BY THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH.

It's as easy as 1,2,3:
1. Alert everyone you know that this special is the deepest discount that will be offered for Womanhood, and that it's only valid through Sunday, June 5th.
2. Invite them to learn more on the Womanhood web page, and then to register online on that page or via phone at 509.532.1600. No coupon is needed—prices posted reflect the alumni discount and this page will not be promoted to anyone but you until after June 5th.
3. We will refund YOU 10% of their registration fees to use as you wish (yep, toward hotel rooms, spa services, or travel costs…and the list goes on!).

Thanks in advance for sharing this opportunity with everyone who might benefit from Womanhood, because we believe that ALL women deserve the opportunity to center...connect...and create their ideal lives. Thanks for sharing our vision and for helping spread the word. As always, please feel free to contact us with questions.

More soon...let the alumni registration discount commence!

Deanna Davis and the Womanhood Weekend Faculty

Deanna Davis, PhD
Author of Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie, The Law of Attraction in Action, & Living With Intention
Applied Insight, LLC