I’ll be starting 2019 off by teaching one of my favorite classes at The Writing Barn, “Breath Deep. Write Deep. Meditation for Writers with Busy Minds.” I love this class because it combines my two passions—meditation and writing.
Meditation and writing compliment each other beautifully. Meditation is an act of deep listening, and writing is taking notes on what you hear. But what if all you hear is senseless chatter, nagging doubts, and critical voices? Keep listening! There’s a quiet beyond the noise. It’s in this quiet that stories are born.
This class will focus on learning how to write from the quiet. But first you have to find it. Meditation trains the mind to let go of distractions and return to the breath, over and over and again. It’s this act of letting go and returning to the present that settles the mind, connects us with our calm, and helps us hear our own voice. Now it’s time to write—to let go of the mind’s chatter and return to the page, over and over again, to express this voice with both clarity and insight.
Breathe Deep. Write Deep. Meditation for Writers with Busy Minds
In addition to being a writer, I’m a spiritual director and meditation teacher. I help my clients lead more creative and connected lives. Many people think meditation is about emptying your mind. It’s not! It’s about starting over. . . with each moment . . . each breath. It’s about letting go of the busy-ness inside (and all around you) and reconnecting with your life in the present.
This fall, I’ll be offering an Introduction to Meditation class to help people develop or deepen their own sitting practice. If you’d like to learn how to meditate in a supportive group environment with an experienced instructor, here are the details:
DATE: Mondays Oct 1, 8, 15 & 22
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
PLACE: 1006 Rock Street, Suite 102 / Georgetown, TX
COST: $125.00 (includes a copy of the book “Real Happiness” by Sharon Salzberg)
I grew up in Salado, Texas, population 900(ish). My family had no television, so I spent all my time either inside reading about magical worlds or outside pretending I lived in one (which of course I did). To this day, the “super powers” I developed growing up in this small town are what I rely on as a writer—a love of books, an attention span in keeping with the pace of life, and a sense of wonder in the natural world.
I’ll be returning to Salado to give a talk about how my life as a writer was inspired and informed by growing up there. I’ll be at Barrow Brewing on August 26, from 4:00-5:00. Come by, say hi, grab a beer and a book. I’d love to see you there!
I’m thrilled to be a guest teacher for a weekend intensive at The Writing Barn in Austin, Aug 2-5. I’ll be offering a class called “Breathe Deep. Write Deep. Meditation for Writers with Busy Minds.”
Meditation isn’t about quieting the mind. It’s about changing our relationship with the noise we find there—the nagging doubts, constant comparisons, and never-ending to-do list. It’s about noticing the distractions and letting them go, only to discover the silence underneath them all. That’s where our stories come from . . . Join me as I teach you how to connect with your own creativity and allow your ideas to emerge and gently shine both on paper and in life!
I’m so pleased to announce that WHY AM I ME? was selected by the International Literacy Association (ILA) as a 2018 Notable Book for a Global Society. Every year, the ILA selects twenty-five books that help promote understanding across lines of culture, race, sexual orientation, values, and ethnicity. This outstanding list of books was developed “to help students, teachers, and families identify books that promote understanding of and appreciation for the world’s full range of diverse cultures and ethnic and racial groups.” Books like these make the world a better place!
One of the most exciting things for me as a writer is having my work translated into other languages. It’s a thrill to imagine children from other countries reading my work in their native tongue. I’m thrilled to say that WHY AM I ME? has been translated into Spanish and will soon be available in both Japanese and Arabic!
I’m going home! Next Thursday, November 16, I’ll be signing copies of WHY AM I ME? at Fletcher’s Books & Antiques in my hometown of Salado, Texas. There will be light refreshments, games, giveaways, and of course books. Come by, pick up a signed copy (they make great Christmas presents!), and say hi. Here are the details:
What: Book signing Where: Fletcher’s Books & Antiques / 945 N. Main Street, Salado When: Thursday, November 16 from 4:00 – 6:30 / With readings at 4:30 and 5:30
The Texas Book Festival is my favorite time of the year! It’s an all-out celebration of books and the people who love them. I’m thrilled to be on the schedule this year, along with many other fabulous authors. Here’s where you’ll find me:
PANEL Day: Sunday, November 5, 2017 Time: 1:00-1:45 Location: Capitol Extension 1.012 Authors: Leslea Newman, Paige Britt Moderator: Arturo Agüero Educator Focus: Identity and Growth
There are so many labels out there. How can educators ensure that every child feels welcome in their classroom? How can we ensure that children begin to understand and celebrate each other’s differences? Hear from authors Leslea Newman and Paige Britt about constructing identity for kids and ways to incorporate texts and activities that promote acceptance and understanding.
BOOK READING & SIGNING Day: Sunday, November 5, 2017 Time: 2:30-3:30 Location: Children’s Read Me A Story Tent, 10th & Congress Ave. Description: Join me in a read-aloud of WHY AM I ME? then stick around to say hi and get your book signed at the Children’s Book Sales & Signing Tent!!
Join me in celebrating the official release of WHY AM I ME?! There will be a party at BookPeople in Austin on Saturday, September 23 at 2:00pm. All are welcome! There will be a read-aloud and chances to ask your own BIG questions. I can’t promise any answers, but there will be cookies!