“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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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Winter Energizer -- An Afternoon Event

Five years ago I started the tradition of gathering people together on a Winter afternoon to focus on what they'd done the previous year and what they wanted to do in the future. I called it "Caring for Our Authentic Self" and focused on self-care and future possibilities. I brought in a yoga instructor who led some of us through yoga.

The yoga wasn't so well received but the creativity exercises, lunch, and conversation seemed to bring people together. They left the retreat ready to embark on new adventures, girded by the group's support. During hte last couple of years, I borrowed the book Eat Pray Love because it was the story of a woman's journey out of the void and into a world in which her heart was open to possibility.

What are your goals?  What do you want to do with your one and only life on Earth?  Are you ready to begin?

From 12-4PM on Saturday, February 9, join us at North Olmsted United Methodist Church, 4600 Dover Center Road, North Olmsted, Ohio, to share a meal, talk about your gifts, experience ritual, feel creative, and renew the spirit. We'll begin anew and have our best year yet.

The cost is $40/person or $70 for two.  Send me an e-mail at claudia.taller@yahoo.com to RSVP.

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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.