A note of Special Thanks to Dr. Charles French for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I am honored to be nominated by Dr. French, who lifts the bar for all of us with his insights on writing and literature. He also shares the gift of storytelling with his love of classic horror films and how they echo age-old themes and struggles we see in all of our stories. Thanks again Dr. French for your generosity in nominating my blog.
Please visit Dr. French’s wonderful blog and be prepared to be inspired:
Thanks again for your generosity in nominating my blog.

Post an image of the award.
Thank the person who nominated you and their blog, and link back to that blog.
Explain briefly how you started your blog.
Give a piece of advice to fellow bloggers.
Nominate other bloggers for the award–as many as you wish,
and notify them of their nomination.

I’ve always been interested in mindfulness, meditation and Tai Chi, which I teach as part of a Contemplative Studies Program at West Chester University. For years, first thing each morning, I would pour my cup of coffee, sit down, and engage in a writing meditation. It started when I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a wonderful book about writing. She had an exercise called “Morning Pages,” which for me quickly morphed into a gratitude journal, and then finally into inspiring thoughts and setting an intention each day. It’s magical. I just loved how it made me feel.

By the way, Ms. Cameron’s book is about much more that writing. It inspires all types of creative expression and getting those juices flowing, a must read for anyone looking to connect with their inner muse.

Eventually I became curious about sharing positive energy on social media, so I began posting brief upbeat thoughts each morning to start the day off on the right foot. I call them Ch’i Essentials because they are focused on getting your ch’i or life energy flowing to enhance your day. The interesting thing is, the Ch’i Essentials really work when the reader takes a moment and considers the thought, then they do the lifting. The reader gets to experience their own magic!

In a word, write. Write. And write. And write some more. A person gets best at whatever they spend their time and attention doing. The good news is, if you are a writer or play in any of the creative arts, you really have no choice. It’s something you can’t help but do. It’s what gets you juiced. I can’t wait to get out of bed each day and dig in. It’s been the same with creating music in the studio for years. Writing and creating music are a joy and they’re part of my life blood. I just feel blessed that people like to read or listen to my creations. Plus, I love thinking that just maybe, in some small way, I’ve improved someone’s day!

There are so many great ones. Dig In and Enjoy!

  1. Janice Gable Bashman
    For YA & Adult magic, Janice is the one to read. Her generosity lifts all writers.
  2. The Author’s Chronicles
    This is a great blog with 5 authors contributing. They met in NYT best-seller Jonathan Maberry’s Advanced Writing Workshop, where I had the privilege of meeting them.
    Check out their “Top Picks Thursdays” for current publishing industry news and tips.
  3. Donna Galanti
    Donna is a great YA author who gives back to the community. Check out her new book.
  4. Begin To Believe
    Robin is uplifting, upbeat, and everything up.
  5. Gavin Zanker
    Gavin is all about writing. Read a post or two and you’ll be writing too. Thanks Gavin.
  6. Windmills of My Mind
    Charming and intelligent. It’s all about the journey. A must read.
  7. Wanderlust: Becoming a Traveler
    Pernnilleo is a bright light conquering the world.
    Warning: If you read her blog, it’ll put a smile on your face.
  8. The Seeds 4 Life
    Inspiration and more inspiration. A brilliant idea with lots of bloggers contributing.
    There’s something for everyone.
  9. Alice The Coach
    Alice freely shares her magic. And trust me, you’ll want to get some. Give her a read.
  10. Cicada Fibers
    Cicada Fibers combines the gift of poetry and insight.
  11. The Wannabe Saint
    The Wannabe Saint shares their views from a spiritual path.
  12. Effortless Mindfulness
    Lisa Dale Miller, author, lifts the journey for all of us. Check out her new book.
  13. Evening Light
    Evening Light reflects on the questions that arise when facing challenges.
    Powerful and insightful.
  14. Two Cents For You
    Short and to the point. It’s time they won another award.
  15. Enlightenment Angels
    Enlightenment Angels, the name says it all.
  16. Thoughts of SheryL
    The power of love and food. Need I say more?
  17. Scale Simple
    Upbeat and unique. Well worth the read.
  18. Glitchy Artist
    Alex creates magic with his camera.
  19. Falling Apples
    Martin, author and novelist, shares his poetic insight.

Congratulations to all these wonderful nominees! Please visit there terrific blogs.
They offer so many great posts, sharing insights, discoveries, and art.


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