11 Reasons Why Books Make Great Gifts

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Writers’ Notes: Hitting That Brick Wall

Thank you, Thonie Hevron! I’m going to reblog your blog.
This is just the kick in the pants to get my writing engine fired up again.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

By Thonie Hevron

Everybody's a critic Everybody’s a critic.

Everyone has time when they come across a barrier to their progress. It happened often when I first learned how to ride horses. All the videos, books, advice and trainers’ lessons barraged my consciousness while I was trying to effectively steer a 1300-pound animal with a brain the size of a walnut. [To be painfully accurate: The problem is the cerebrum, the thinking part, is only slightly larger than a walnut. The rest–all 1.5 to 2 lbs. of it–is  cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls gross muscle coordination, balance and body functions.]

The one thing that got me on track was a trainer saying, “If it’s not working, go back to basics.” Start from the beginning and work up until you work though the barrier. Usually by the time I did all that, the barrier had dropped. To borrow from Horse Listening

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Summer Time

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For summer I’m taking a break from writing to get back in the saddle. How about you?

 

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Summer Evening Open Mics Start TONIGHT

Come on out TONIGHT to the Redwood Writers Open Mic. This will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Gaia’s Garden, 1899 N. Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. This will be the first time we appear on a Monday evening.

Please welcome our Featured Readers: Jing Li and John Lesjack.Jing Li

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Jing Li was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference for her memoir The Red Shoes.

John Lesjack recently published his 8th story in the Chicken Soup for The Soul series.

Do you have a story or poem that you’d like to share? Open Mic readings are open to ALL with each limited to 5 min. per person. Open Mic sign ups start at 5:30 p.m. today. We’d love to have YOU come read your work aloud for us.

Dmitri Morningstar will be the EmCee.

Come share camaraderie and a pleasant evening. Please support the venue with a minimum purchase. (For example, a cookie and tea will run about $5.) They offer a vegetarian buffet if you wish to enjoy dinner during the Open Mic.

All readers and listeners are welcome. Bring a friend!

For information contact Abby Bogomolny at ever3009@gmail.com or Dmitri Morningstar at dmitri29@sonic.net    Robin Moore rockridge6532@comcast.net  http://www.robinofrockridge.com

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Open Mic Celebrates National Poetry Month

In honor of April as National Poetry Month, Redwood Writers will be hosting poets at their monthly Open Mic session. This will take place on Saturday, April 22nd from 1 to 3 p.m. The location is Gaia’s Garden cafe at 1899 N. Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. All poets, whether or not they are Redwood Writers members, are encouraged to come share to their poetry for up to five minutes. Of course, people may enjoy the session even if they come just to listen.

We hope you will join us for this enlightening afternoon at our literary Open Mic. While you are there, please enjoy a purchase from Gaia’s vegetarian buffet for your lunch, or a snack and tea. We appreciate Gaia’s hosting us for the Open Mics. And please, bring a friend!

For the April 22 Open Mic we will host two Featured Poets. They are Abby Bogomolny and Deborah Taylor-French. Their bios are included below:

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Abby Bogomolny

Deborah Taylor-French, Photo by Cindy Pavlinac

Deborah Taylor-French

Abby Bogomolny:

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Abby Lynn Bogomolny, is the author of the poetry collection People Who Do Not Exist and the editor of the anthology New to North America: Writing by U.S. Immigrants, Their Children and Grandchildren. Know for teaching rockin’ creative writing, composition and lit classes, she teaches English full-time at Santa Rosa Junior College and lives in Northern California.

Deborah Taylor-French:

About ten years ago I visited the Sonoma County Book Fair and spoke to a man at the Redwood Writers table. He asked, “Where do you write?” I said, “Been writing in my closet and I’m trying to get out.” Soon afterward, I joined the RW club and came out of the closet as a writer.

Poetry is the medieval tower I climb–without a plan. Decades of poetry writing does not dim the sense of wonder when a poem comes, grows, etc. For me, poets are immortals, I never call myself a poet. When writing a poem, I’m a person who writes, which is a complex mystifying trip.

My day job is writing mystery, myth and nonfiction. I blog to save dogs’ live and dog lovers’ sanity at Dog Leader Mysteries (.com). For five years I have facilitated the Redwood Writers’ Author Support. I’m also a columnist for  Sonoma County Gazette, where you will find my monthly column, Cotati Heart & Soul..

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Literary Open Mic this Saturday

Come on out to the March 25 Redwood Writers Open Mic. It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday at Gaia’s Garden,

1899 N. Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

The Featured Readers will be:

Susanna Solomon and Kymberlie Calkins Ingalls

Robin Moore will be the EmCee.

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Kymberlie Calkins Ingalls

Do you have a story or poem that you’d like to share? Open Mic readings are open to ALL with each limited to 5 min. per person. Open Mic sign ups start at 1:00 p.m. that day. We’d love to have YOU come read your work aloud!

Come share camaraderie and a pleasant afternoon. Please support the venue with a minimum purchase. Gaia’s has a wonderful buffet!

 

All readers and listeners are welcome. Bring a friend!

For information contact Abby Bogomolny at ever3009@gmail.com or Dmitri Morningstar at dmitri29@sonic.net    Robin Moore rockridge6532@comcast.net  http://www.robinofrockridge.com

The Redwood Writers Open Mic will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Gaia’s Garden restaurant.

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Be The Poem at Our Open Mic

Oooo! I like this. It’s a perfect quotation to use to remind us there will be the monthly Redwood Writers Open Mic this Saturday.. Come share YOUR poems or writing. We’ll see you at Gaia’s Garden cafe on N.Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa from1 to 3 p.m. Plan to read up to 5 minutes of your work. These literary open mics are open to ALL poets and writers. Bring a friend!
(I plan to build myself a delicious salad from Gaia’s buffet. Yum!) —Robin MooreRW poets writers

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