Just a few thoughts . . .

I am ending my workday with some positive thoughts. There is power in introspection, and disappearing into our inner world. Each day we spend some time online, clicking and posting things. This can become a real distraction from inner peace.

Before dinner, I will take a walk to enjoy nature and restore my spirit, taking a step back from the work world.

And later tonight, I will try to set aside a few moments to reflect and write haiku and senryu, as they enhance clarity and emotional balance, besides fulfilling my desire to be creative.

Do you feel this way, too?

 

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About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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14 Responses to Just a few thoughts . . .

  1. yes. exactly. every day a silence time. as well as every day haiku thinking/moments/observation and writing/creating time too. whether i show what i’ve done or not. life.

    be well. walk in beauty. and have fun in silence as well as inner and outer time too. aloha. rick

  2. Read and eat ice cream seems to do it.

  3. I always enjoy time spent outdoors enjoying nature. I find the process of writing haiku, condensing to the essence of a thought does bring clarity — and reading them is quite calming.

  4. Definitely!! Early AM up with the birds and an amble

  5. haikutec says:

    I have been stepping back a lot from social media platforms, partly due to the onslaught of wrongful actions around the world that seems to have escalated. Ever since a child I’ve been aware of politics and hoped it might bring a decent peace, but alas it engineers conflict more than it does peace.

    Haiku are like little reservoirs of stillness for me, and not just my own work, but supporting other writers.

    warm regards,

    Alan

  6. janbentexas says:

    Charlotte:
    Since 2015, I have been using haiku as a therapy. Some brain damage occurring in 2014 left me with no memories, and the inability build on short term memory.

    Reading and writing haiku has begun to patch the missing synapes. The quiet of my own sanctuary, and in the several gardens I enjoy, develops a state of awareness of patterns, especially fractals. The mending of nature within itself, rebuilding fractals, creating wholeness.

    Jan Benson

  7. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    My partner Maureen and I look forward to the day we’re free once more to roam our North Wales countryside and coast. For months now we’ve been living between two homes with half our stuff, including computers, at the flat we’re selling, and the other half in our newly acquired hillside bungalow. This afternoon was spent with removal operatives transporting our books in twenty large and very heavy plastic boxes from the flat to the bungalow.

    It’s all rather gruelling but somehow we’re managing to squeeze in a bit of writing and have both submitted work for a forthcoming Chester Poets anthology on 19th century writers. We’re also preparing for our joint guest spot on a Merseyside community radio station later this month.

    Facing our bungalow we have a flowering cherry tree with pink blossom one side and white the other, bright daffodils massed in the grass around the bottom. And how restorative it is to snatch a few minutes in the sun with a cup of tea and woodpigeons calling. As for haiku, funnily enough I’ve just written one! I find haiku grounding yet elevating at the same time.

    And the day for countryside rambling will surely come.

    My very best,

    Paul

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