Treasure 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge Theme, Treasure, made self remember the place that means most to her, as a writer: the neighborhood public library.

Today, she went there to return two books by Jhumpa Lahiri, which were overdue. And she never even got the chance to open them, as it took her aaaaages to get through Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West.

The Redwood City Public Library, Downtown Branch

The Redwood City Public Library, Downtown Branch

Self is in the library at least three times a week.  All the staff know her.  They even know she is a writer!

The site used to be a fire station.

The site used to be a fire station.

The book drop boxes, which self uses when the library is closed, are painted in cheerful colors.

The book drop boxes, which self uses when the library is closed, are painted in cheerful colors.

The last book self checked out of the library was a novel:  The Piano Teacher, by Janice Y. K. Lee.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

The New Yorker Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman (Feb. 17 & 24, 2014 Issue)

Anthony Lane’s piece on Philip Seymour Hoffman is in the current issue (Feb. 17 & 24, 2014) of The New Yorker.  Below, a few excerpts:

Leading man, character actor, supporting player:  really, who gives a damn?  Either you hold an audience, so tight that it feels lashed to the seats, or you don’t.  That is why the distinction between Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, at the Academy Awards, grows ever more ludicrous — essential, of course, to the smooth structure of the night, but untrue, Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Workshop For Women (L.A. Area)

Rising UP in Your Life:  Liberating Your Authentic Voice
A Transformational Weekend Workshop for Women
March 21 – 23, 2014

Facilitated by Michelle Bauman, M.A., J.D. and Carolyn Freyer-Jones, M.A.

Over the past five years, the two have coached hundreds of women. Interesting, loving, creative women with extraordinary ideas, hopes, and dreams. Women who love their families and are deeply committed to their mothering. Women in action.

The weekend includes opportunities for:

  • Identifying the patterns that prevent you from experiencing greater fulfillment . . . and discovering new ways to dissolve them.
  • Revolutionizing your decision making process in service to more heartfelt choices and
  • Strengthening your ability to take other people’s discomfort and challenges (partners/husbands, bosses, children, parents) without collapsing into people-pleasing, people, and fixing and Self-Abandonment
    Learning to speak on your own behalf without anger and againstness, experiencing greater grace and confidence.
  • Locating your “taking risks” muscle . . .  and learning how to strengthen it in service to authentic empowerment and living your heartfelt dreams.
  • Deepening your ability to nurture and support your Self in times of challenge.

Intrigued?  Go here.

Stay tuned.

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