Wednesday, July 26, 2017

5 Ways Whales Inform & Inspire Creativity

"Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye."
~Dorothy Parker

Have you ever seen whales beaching? Stared into their eyes in person or in photos? Who isn’t filled with wonderment seeing them leaping and frolicking like giant ocean puppies? Like the whale, a wild mind and disciplined eye can be yours to create.

My first whale experience came in 2000 during a VisionQuest in Nova Scotia. After sleeping soundly in my new, L.L. Bean two-man, blue bubble tent, strange sounds gently awakened me. They were not close by. Curiously, I bumbled outside in the pre-sunrise hour to hear the sounds continuing...Oh, my! It was a whale breathing! Later that day, I joined other tourists for a whale watch boat adventure which did not disappoint.

The guide shared that worldwide, Native American peoples worshiped these gentle, intelligent creatures and treated them with great respect. Even Europeans were awe-inspired and considered them symbols of the world because the oceans are their home. Today, whale sightings are considered a good luck sign—and if one is found breached or dead on the shore, it conveys a sad and heavy message.

For your reflection or writing consider…
* Is now the time to dive deeply into your creative projects, writing, business, or perhaps personal relationships?

* What help do you seek to surge ahead and break through the nets of procrastination and overwhelm that hold you under?

* Are you experiencing trouble navigating the small storms or tsunamis of life?

* Do you seek more courage to sing your personal song? What would help?

You have only to look to the whales for answers. 
Symbolic of the free use of creativity, whales serve as global teachers to help your creativity skyrocket!  

Here are five ways that whales inform and inspire creativity:

Practice self-reflection.
Taking time to retreat and to “unplug to plug in” allows for an essential alone time. By doing this, you hear like whale sonar, your inner whispers, and intuitive voice. In time, you will also hear your “Whale’s Song”, the Divine music. Follow it. Trust the lyrics and the melody. Trust your huge and gentle creative genius.

Embrace confidence.
If you are swimming in polluted, contaminated waters, you can’t create. You must change the environmental waters of people, places, and things. Take one step each day to swim beyond these negative influences. Imagine yourself grabbing onto the whale’s tale as you travel to fresh, crystalline waters; now you can see more clearly to create.

Wake Up & Rise Up!
At times, you may feel like you are Jonah in the Bible story being swallowed up and then spit out. While you are in this seemingly dark, impossible place, the whale serves to teach and transform if you patiently allow. During this time, you must awaken and remember that there is more to what you experience in the outer. Then rise up! “Be in the world, but not of this world.” ~ John 15:19 and John 17:14-16.

Breathe to open consciousness & clarity.
Take a deep breath. Hold it.Travel like the whale beneath the waters of your consciousness into a new awareness. See different perspectives. Feel heightened intuition.When you surface again, you take a new breath as though it were your first. Life looks different. Your creative projects now look different, yet the same.

The whale never stays in the deep forever and comes up for air, often skyrocketing! You can also reclaim your inspiration and skyrocket. Remember to breathe.

Enjoy heart-listening.
When you become still to listen to your heart --the first drum in your life --this sacred, creative rhythm is like the “identifying sounds the whale uses to identify their pod in nature.” The whale enjoys strong family ties that are always protected. Through heart-listening, your family, friends, clients, and readers know they can trust your creative projects. Why? They emanate from a place of love.

As you start or continue a creative project this summer, remember to call Whale into your office or studio. Review the five ways that whales inform and inspire your creativity: Practice self-reflection; Embrace confidence; Wake up & Rise Up; Breathe to open consciousness & clarity and; Enjoy heart listening.

What is Whale teaching you? Remember, like the whale, a wild mind and disciplined eye can be yours to create!

Enjoy Whale Sounds, Stress Relief with Theta Isochronic Tones. Playing Theta wave music was one of the ways suggested in “5 Cool Ways to Recharge Your Creativity.

P.S. Your invitation awaits you to my 5-Day Free & Fun Journal Adventures to Recharge Your Creativity: Tell Writer's Block to Take a Vacay! Click on this link and it will appear in your newsfeed for 24 hours. Or share this Journal Adventures invitation and sign up. I hope you will join me as it's going to be lots of fun.
Who knows, we might even spot some breaching whales on our Journal Adventures!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

5 Cool Ways to Recharge Your Creativity!

Is the summer heat melting your creative energy away?
Has the lure of a summer vacation and kids being out of school distracted you from writing?
As an entrepreneur and sister writer, I know the feeling.

After all, it’s tempting to want to take a 3-month summer vacation (like we did as kids), but the reality is, you can’t.
Why? Because what you do RIGHT NOW for your business impacts the second half of the year. So get recharged! There are just 165 more days until December 31.
Perhaps it’s time for you to take a Mental Staycation -- and pack your bags with your cool, creative strengths. There’s no more time for delays or excuses.
To stay cool, enjoy these five ways to recharge your creativity:
Organization and structure are my friends.
Press pause to look around and see what outer clutter is noisily seeking your attention. Grab a basket or box and fill it with 26 items you haven't used in the last six months. Want to really declutter? Extend the timeframe to a year. (This is also fun to do with your family.) Next, take a field trip to a Dollar Store or office supply store and treat yourself to new and fun ways to organize your space. Finally, have you bought a new calendar yet and added special dates, timelines, and goals for the rest of 2017?
Energy attracts energy.
Donna Eden, the author of the best-selling Energy Medicine, suggests a 5-minute energy routine to ground your physical and emotional energies before the day starts. Who can’t take five minutes to do this as we know the Number 5 represents change?
Music soothes the creative soul.
Playing Theta wave music while you’re writing or working will change your brain waves. This is true as there’s scientific proof. If you’re faced with writer’s block or you’re pushing on a resistant deadline, then this will help you. It’s free and instant thanks to YouTube. Anything by Steven Halpern delights!
Unplug to plug in.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing. Be prepared that everyone and everything around you might argue when attempting this detached state—that’s ego saying, "You’re not enough if you stop doing!" Pause. Let go. Unplug. Why not try it for just 18 minutes each day and see what unfolds with your creativity?
Rewind to remember.
Sometimes there’s comfort and wisdom to return to former projects where your creativity soared from an insight to an idea to instigation. Take an inner field trip to mentally walk through all that you’ve accomplished this year and in other years. The memories may help new mojo energies to resurface! Do you have an “I Love & Appreciate Me” file? Whether digitally or in a file folder, start keeping notes, kind words, testimonials, or whatever puts a smile on your face and reminds: You are creative! You are worthy! You are unique! You got this!
Consider these five simple ways 
to recharge your creativity—there’s no need to see it melting away this hot summer.
P.S. Want more cool ideas? Join me for my 5-Day FREE & FUN Journal Adventures to Recharge Your Creativity: Tell Writer’s Block to Take a Vacay! The fun starts on August 3.
For five days like dripping ice cream, you’ll get a cool email with one of the five Journal Adventures. They’re short and sweet. Better yet, they’re tasty reads to complete if I say so myself. “You had me at ice cream.”
Ready for a Mental Staycation?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What's Your Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream?

“Ben & Jerry’s is an indulgent dessert and should be eaten in moderation. 
You should not be replacing more than one meal a day with ice cream. 
We do not consider a pint or tub of ice cream to be a single serving.” –Jerry Greenfield

Did you know that July is called the Ice Cream Month? And with good reason as this 2,000-year-old treat can always cool and soothe the hot summer blues, body, and creative soul. Marco Polo returned to Italy from his Far East expeditions with a recipe for sherbert. Seems Catherine de Medici of Italy later enjoyed her “cream ice” in 1553. And it didn’t take long before everyone could buy a scoop in 1660!

Did you also know that your favorite ice cream flavor speaks volumes about your personality?

To verify this, there’s research conducted by neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch, founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. "Seems Hirsch uses various standardized psychiatric test results to make statistical correlations, explaining that the same part of the brain (the limbic lobe) is responsible for both personality traits and food preference."

"Hirsch says the taste for your favorite ice cream is set during childhood and tends to remain constant throughout your life."

As an author, this intrigues me that while writing, to consider myself and story characters –not to mention family and friends- in this new, sensory light. Hmmm…I wonder what ice cream my 3x Great Uncle Liberty Raymond killed at the Battle of Ft. Wagner in the Civil War enjoyed as a child on his New Hampshire apple orchard.

Or other sheroes like Ann Hasseltine Judson, Julia Tarrant Barron, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Golda Meir, and Mother Teresa. Or writers like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Rumi, Isaak Dinesen, Hafiz, or Peace Pilgrim. 

Sugar bears! I don't know all my family's favorite ice cream flavors. Do you?!

What personality traits does this choice of a childhood ice cream flavor reveal and how might this enhance your writing? This is just fun to ponder --besides the more serious personality perspective tools ie. the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Enneagram, or DiSC Profile.

As I now write while juggling a somewhat melting cone…

Descriptive adjectives flow.
Plot twists sweeten.
Vocabulary gets sprinkled with multi-syllabic words.
Creative insights gather.
Memories of happy moments drip...drip...drip.

For fun, here are my assigned ice cream flavors from Hirsch’s research to seven well-known people with birthdays in July:

* The Dalai Lama, July 6 - Vanilla
* Sylvester Stallone, July 6 – Rocky Roads
* Tom Hanks, July 9 – Chocolate
* Malala Yousafzai, July 12- Vanilla
* Ernest Hemingway, July 21 – Coffee
* Robin Williams, July 21 –Butter Pecan
* J.K. Rowlings, July 31 – Chocolate Chip

So what’s your favorite ice cream for cooling down this July?

What do you think about the matches above?

P.S. Your invitation to join 22 writing sisters and me awaits you at the St. Pete Writing Retreat: Recharge Your Body & Creative Soul, October 29-November 4.

P.P.S. The retreat’s B & B, the Watergarden Inn on the Bay, is right around the corner from two ice cream and frozen yogurt shops! Just sayin'.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

7 Steps to Write Your Reader's Autobiography

Happy summer reading!
I am a part of everything that I have read.” 
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President, USA

Hard to believe that my 1st-grade teacher in Kansas wrote this on my final report card: 
Lore is very shy. 
To help her, I suggest that she reads books during her summer vacation. 

Miss Linda

(I still have the report card.)

Mom embraced Miss Linda's advice. Weekly library trips became a summer routine for all three of her kidlets. Gleefully, I lugged home an arm's length of books after every visit. Why? I was inspired to compete in the Willy the Bookworm Reading Contest. For every book read, you colored one segment of Mr. Willy's caterpillar body--all done on an honor system. Once completed, you gave the librarian the completed and colored form of Willy for a prize. While I can't recall what the prize was...

I do remember that this was the summer of falling in love with reading!
Fast forward five decades and I’m a self-professed bookaholic who doesn’t want to be in recovery. 
I love the word. 
I love writing. 
I love books.

To illustrate --and now bragging-- I helped gift thousands of books and textbooks to Honduran schools while teaching there for five years. The Goodwill Outlet Store became my personal Barnes & Nobles. The books were bought for a $1.00 a pound thanks to family and friends' kind donations and efforts. (Check out local stores. There's a difference between Goodwill Retail and Goodwill Outlet stores.) And last year, my dream came true! Yes, I became a #1 Amazon bestselling co-author of five books! No, it's not a #1 NY Times bestselling author title, and I am content.

So where did your love of books and reading come from?
Curious to answer this question, I crafted my Reader’s Autobiography—something I now ask that my students explore in the Divine Dialogue Writing Course. It could also become a reflective exercise for a book club or a family project on a rainy day. 

Thank you, Kelley Grimes, for this idea. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when your Book Sisters Bookclub meets! Please send photos please of the ladies who've been gathering for 18 years. 
Daughter Nazlie (10) & me on front steps

My all-time favorite book? 
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach, a #1 NY Times bestselling author.

Anyone who knows me owns a copy. Three books now rest on my "to gift bookshelf." Mea cupla, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, Sarah: my copies of Simple Abundance now come from Goodwill since I give away so many. Whoever donates them, well, it's their loss and my joy.

Published in 2009 and gifted to me by my mom, Simple Abundance sustained me as a Caribbean expatriate and new, single, 45-year old mom with a 10-year old daughter.There was no phone, snail mail, or internet services on the Isla de Roatan, Honduras, where we lived. My lifeline to sanity and civility became the daily reading of "Sarah"--what the book was called in our bungalow. Maybe you feel the same deep sea gratitude for an author and book.

Rediscovering your reading roots might uncover buried treasure!
Here’s a roadmap to writing a Reader’s Autobiography:

1. Get started
Find a quiet place.
Sip on a favorite childhood drink. Lemonade. Kool-aid. Anything with Fizzies.
If not at home, head to the children's section of your library. Pull up a little chair or a piece of carpet.

2. Rewind
For childhood research, look at the Newbery Medal and Honor Books. Do any on the list ring a bell? Your adult reading years might be easier to research. Think about high school or college reading assignments. Finally, peruse your bookshelf, which if you're like me, will take some time given my bookaholic nature. 

3. Record
Make a list of books and authors --three for every decade of your life that made a difference in your life.

4. Reflect
Nothing more to say here.
Grands Mamie & Bump Bump, (L-r Cathy, me & Mikey)
5. Remember
Who taught you how to read? Who read you stories? Write them a thank you note. If you don't recall the person's name or if they're no longer alive, write the letter anyway. They'll get it via Spirit-mail. I'll be writing my grands and Miss Linda, my 1st-grade teacher.

6. Write
Put pen to paper. Write your reader's autobiography. Write what you enjoyed and learned from each book. Celebrate and document your life through the books that you've become a part of. It's like an old-fashioned book report. Remember those? (I wonder if they call them "Kindle Reports" now?)

7. Read
Enjoy taking a book from the shelf while sipping your favorite childhood beverage...ahhh...the luxury...the gift...the privilege.

P.S. Do you seek time to write YOUR BOOK? Your special invitation awaits you at the St. Pete Writing Retreat, October 29- November 3.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Prayer for the Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice
“This was when the whole world measured time
This is when the light would turn around…” –Carrie Richards

Today marks the longest day of light in the northern hemisphere. Twelve hours or more of daylight will be enjoyed on this first day of summer. Already, thousands celebrated sunrise at Stonehenge. In New York City, there will be “exactly 15 hours, 5 minutes and 35 seconds of daylight” according to In my Florida home, sunrise arrived at 6:30 am.

All this light painfully contrasts against the dark realities of the world. The news channels continually and violently flood the senses with a tsunami of stories about the worst of humankind—and begrudgingly offer occasional drops of positive news. Perhaps you are emerging from your own "dark night of the soul."

 And there’s another choice to the darkness generously offered by the Summer Solstice:

Today take a deep, slow breath, hold it, and exhale. All the world's horrors, unkindness, and greed are true. Sure, you can hold your attention there at the risk of drowning emotionally and spiritually or...

Today hold your attention in a different reality--a new vision of a different world that you would like to experience with loved ones. Make your thoughts expand into this brighter world and match the thoughts with all future words and actions and...

Today light a yellow or orange candle while speaking into the world this…

Summer Solstice Prayer
I am grateful to be alive, I am.
I am active in my body and mind temple, I am.
Like the morning sun, I am awake, I am.

May my mind be open and allowing.
May my body be light in feelings and movements.
May my heart be sunny and radiate only love.
May my spirit soar upwards to the Sun.

I now awaken others by generating my own vitality.
I now emanate creative energy to renew and recharge others.
I now dance with the life force, the Sun!

And so it is. Amen

P.S. Your special invitation to “renew body and creative soul” awaits you at the St. Pete Writing Retreat, October 29-November 3. Why not join us in the Sunshine State with 22 other writing sisters? 

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2017. 
No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wonder Woman's Story Reminds Us of 5 Key Choices

“It is about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.” –Wonder Woman, Warrior of Peace

Born in October 1941 thanks to DC Comics, the superhero story of “Wonder Woman” has resurfaced again in a global movie phenomenon directed by Patti Jenkins. It grossed over $100 million the opening weekend on June 2! While Wonder Woman's character development came from William Moulton Marston, he drew inspiration in part from the suffragists and Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. And he was no saint; Marston enjoyed relationships with his wife and a mistress.

Regardless of your political views, the movie’s message with Diana Prince, Wonder Woman's alter ego, is one of power, grace, wisdom, bravery, and love --most timely for a world gone “upside down” as I say. There’s no spoiler alert needed if you want to read more.

You’re invited to consider that the Wonder Woman story reminds us of five key choices:

1) Wonder Woman’s Attire
"Clothes make a man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." –Mark Twain

Already, much has been debated about Wonder Woman’s feminist/non-feminist attire. More importantly, consider her breastplate which covers and protects her heart. It’s essential to do this in the outer world as she does, and also for your inner world.  

And let’s face it. You’re judged by appearances. In fact, some contend that opinions are formed in a tenth of a second for you to make an impression. Just be aware. Perhaps your message doesn’t align with what you wear. Perhaps it does.

A mantra that helps me with the decision of what to mindfully wear comes from Abraham-Hicks: “What you think of me is none of my business.” What I wear does matter to me. Clearly, Wonder Woman has adopted the same mantra and attitude! 

Your First Choice: What "costume" will you mindfully choose to wear today? Perhaps it's time for an internal make-over and/or an external make-over of wardrobe, hair, and make-up.

2) Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth
“If a woman asks you a question, it’s better to tell her the truth because chances are she’s asking you because she already knows the answer.” –Unknown

Did you know that Wonder Woman’s creator is also the inventor of the lie detector? So it comes as no surprise that Marston includes this fictional, truth-telling weapon in her arsenal. Anyone captured by the lasso is compelled to tell the truth. It’s an allegory for women’s innate ability to discern, intuit and tell the truth.

Your Second Choice: What authentic truth might you tell yourself and others? Who might you want to lasso?

Thank you, Max Ryan, for this inspiring meme!

3) Wonder Woman’s Sword of Athena
“I will fight, for those who can not defend themselves.”-Diana Prince, alter ego of Wonder Woman

She wields her sword to protect and defend those who cannot protect and defend themselves. Did you know that the following words are engraved on both sides of Wonder Woman’s sword: “Life is killing all life all the time and so the goddess kills herself in the sacrifice of her own animal.” – Joseph Campbell, Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine

Like Campbell, you are a messenger with a story to tell.

Perhaps you do this informally. Or perhaps you pursue storytelling as a writer, author, poet, blogger, podcaster, or script writer. In this case, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” said author Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

Your Third Choice: With your mighty pen, what powerful story might you now write?

4) Wonder Woman’s Bracelets of Submission
“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” –Julia Cameron

Wonder Woman’s metal cuffs are used to absorb and deflect the impact of incoming attacks. Perhaps you recall the phrase, “Talk to the hand.” Same idea.

Sometimes it’s important to pause before rushing ahead in the business and busyness of life when you can’t absorb any more drama or bad news.
Sometimes it’s wise to stop and become like “Wonder Woman Teflon” to deflect the words and actions of haters, naysayers, and critics.
Sometimes, you just have to throw up your hands in submission to surrender since control is an illusion of the ego.

Your Fourth Choice: What and how will you surrender to better experience expanded creativity, peace, and love?

5) Wonder Woman’s Shields
“It is our sacred duty to defend the world. And it is what I am going to do.–Wonder Woman

Her two shields were virtually indestructible and durable. They were used as defensive protection against attacks and also used to deflect anything as an offensive weapon.

Your Fifth Choice: What will you defend that’s sacred to you? What will you deflect so that you are not part of the problem, but rather part of the solution?

“I used to want to save the world, to end the war and bring peace to mankind. But then I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves - something no hero will ever defeat.
And now I know... that only love can truly save the world. So now I stay, I fight, and I give - for the world I know can be. This is my mission now, forever.-Wonder Woman

What choices will you make being a woman of wonder? 
Ultimately, will you choose love?

Special thanks to Max Ryan for this inspiring meme!

P.S. Your special invitation with 22 other wonder women awaits you! Why not join me at the St. Pete Writing Retreat: ReNew Your Body & Creative Soul, October 29-November 3? The first 7 women to register by June 26 receive fabulous bonuses like a coaching session with Bryna Rene Haynes, Editor for Inspired Living Publishing. **Early bird pricing closes on July 15! 

P.S.S. We're also dressing up as our favorite Wonder Women to celebrate All Hallow's Eve.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

What Writing Pen Pal Letters Can Teach Us About Being Better Messengers

SPINNING YOUR GOLD BLOG: Words that Open Hearts & Inspire Actions

“Letter writing is the only device 
for combining solitude with good company.” – Lord Byron

Have you ever enjoyed exchanging letters with a pen pal? After learning how to write a letter as a 3rd grader at St. Francis de Sales School, it was off to the Hallmark store and post office for me. It seemed magical that if I wrote following the format of a letter's five parts, put a stamp on the envelope, and waited, that something magical would appear in the mailbox...a return letter!

Like today, Saturday's became my time to write whatever and to whomever. It became a sacred envelope of space, uninterrupted before the household woke and Saturday chores started. You'd think after a week of rigorous homework that I would want to write. But I did. My pen pal writing career started slowly with letters to grandparents and two sets of great-grandparents. 

With our pen pal friendship now sealed, my courage expanded to write my Great Auntie Tory, an executive secretary in Manhattan, NYC. She always replied promptly with compliments for my writing and penmanship skills. Reflecting now, I give thanks for Auntie Tory who served as my first editor and writing mentor. 

After these many exchanges, I volunteered to join pen pal clubs from elementary through high school years. Some pen pal friendships also started with foreign exchange students and friends after a family military move. 

At the height of my pen pal career, a dozen letters found their way to the mailbox every Saturday for their special delivery to family and friends

Writing letters continues to delight me.  Yes, the replies are fewer and far between with the digital age. So, when a "snail mail" anything arrives with a hand addressed envelope and stamp, my little girl's pen pal heart flutters! Doesn't yours, too?

Imagine. That one language arts lesson, "How to Write a Letter," taught by Sister Mary Martha, a 20-something Dominican Sister, changed my Saturday's and every day thereafter. Used over the past five decades, letter writing became a pivotal skill to create the life I now love as an author, speaker, and creative matrix. 

Here are 5 ways that writing pen pal letters can teach us about being better messengers:

1) Connection 
After a day of one-dimensional, flat screen experiences with social media, emails, and voicemails, does your spirit yearn for that one-to-one deeper connection? Beyond face-to-face encounters and perhaps Skype, Facetime, or Zoom, there's no complete description of the three-dimensional experience that comes from touching paper and ink in someone's own hand arriving at your home. It's very personal. Intimate. It becomes more sensory if the paper is scented, the ink is a color, and the stamp bears a special image. 
The practice of writing pen pal letters can increase your appreciation for the connections of time, talent, and even small treasures.

2) Consistency
At the core of any pen pal relationship is the heart contract that letters sent are then replied to until it is time for the relationship to close--temporarily or permanently. You can count on a pen pal. You can depend on a pen pal. You come to trust a pen pal.
The practice of writing pen pal letters can exercise your consistency and reliability muscles.

3) Communication
Practicing the almost lost art of letter writing provides opportunities to relate, invite, market, inspire, and uplift in a most unique and personal way. It returns you and your pen pal to a slower, perhaps kinder time when letters were one of the only forms of communication beyond phone calls or meetings. Even if you choose not to use snail mail for your delivery, emails in a letter format can also be very effective.
The practice of writing pen pal letters can increase your brand's uniqueness in a sea of sameness.

4) Civility
Did you know that 94% of Americans in a 2014 survey believe that a growing lack of civility is a problem? Turn on any nightly news station, go to a restaurant, or shop at a big box store for a slathering of rudeness, rage, and recklessness in all degrees. This is often mixed with vile words and actions defying understanding. The pen pal relationship is built on some or all of these premises: using kind and supportive language; saying please and thank you; eliminating profanity; keeping the conversation private and not airing public laundry and; focusing on the person, not everyone or everything else on the Smartphone or in the room.
The practice of writing pen pal letters can add civility back into our society in simple but profound and also inexpensive, but priceless ways.

5) Community
The traditional pen pal relationship is often used to learn more about a different country by practicing reading and writing in the new language. Literacy can be the primary goal. It is also a way to connect people and foster an appreciative awareness of differences and common grounds. Friendships grow and even marriages might follow. The letter exchanges can last for short times and lifetimes. At a time when the world seems fractured by incivility, wars, and more, a return to this lost art form might be one more tool to affirm, WE ARE ONE WORLD. TOGETHER WE SURVIVE and THRIVE.
The practice of writing pen pal letters can offer a way to add more peace to your messages and to YOU, the messenger.

As Lord Bryon suggested, why not consider "combining solitude with good company?"
Which one of the 5 ways above did you connect with?

P.S. Why not join me and 22 writing sisters at the St. Pete Writing Retreat: Renew Your Body & Creative Soul? You'll use the art form of pen pal letter writing to practice the Divine Dialogue Writing System along other fun activities.