How Are You Finding Peace Today?

Dear Readers,

Are you following a church service online? Are you spending the day in contemplation?

We hope you are reading The Daily Haiku!

Let us know. Post your comments below. These past few weeks, besides my regular editing and publicity work, I’ve had more time for reading and writing, because I haven’t been distracted by errands, social events, and short business trips.

I am taking the opportunity during sequestration to re-read some of my books on my shelf. One book is:  “The Wisdom of Gibran.”

One thing Gibran says about art is: Art is one step from the visibly known toward the unknown.

• Are you reading any books? If so, which ones?

• Are you listening to any music? What kind?

• Are do doing art like photography, yoga, gardening, cooking? What specifically? Have you, for example, become creative with canned food?

• Are you journaling?

Let us know what you are doing, as it might inspire the rest of us on a new path or just a new activity.

Hang in there.

Wishing you peace,

Charlotte Digregorio

 

 

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. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: 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; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. 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 by Charlotte Digregorio." 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 regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. 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 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 am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and 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, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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16 Responses to How Are You Finding Peace Today?

  1. Carolyn Jevelian says:

    I just attended my church’s Easer service online. It is too good to connect with my pastors and my friends. Hallelujah
    Hello and love to you, Charlotte

  2. Tricia Knoll says:

    I am spending time every day watching the bird feeder to notice the slow turn of male goldfinch to gold.

    Tricia Knoll

    *Poetry collections -*

    – *How I Learned to Be White* (available on Amazon ) received the 2018 Indie Book Award for Motivational Poetry. – *Broadfork Farm –* poems about a small organic farm in Trout Lake, Washington, its people and creatures is available on Amazon and from The Poetry Box. – *Ocean’s Laughter*, a book of lyric and eco-poetry about Manzanita, Oregon. Look at * Amazon.com or for *Reviews. – *Urban Wild*, a poetry chapbook available from Finishing Line Press that explores interactions of humans and wildlife in urban habitat.

    *Website: triciaknoll.com * *twitter:@ triciaknollwind* *Amazon author page *

    On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 11:20 AM Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog wrote:

    > Charlotte Digregorio posted: “Dear Readers, Are you following a church > service online? Are you spending the day in contemplation? We hope you are > reading The Daily Haiku! Let us know. Post your comments below. These past > few weeks, besides my regular editing and publicity work, I’v” >

    • You are living thoughtfully. In Chicago, spring hasn’t arrived yet. The trees are bare. Your comment about the goldfinch allows me to visualize spring, at least, until it gets here. Good luck with your book sales. Thanks for letting us know.

  3. aloha Charlotte and All.

    Easter celebration this year is in house. however the usual dinner gathering and get together with others has been canceled (postponed is more accurate). however we are replacing it by trying to do something like video conferencing as my daughter is now thousands of miles away, as are other connected families. because it’s likely to be overcrowded on the net, I’m focused on setting that up, more than having it happen specifically today.

    i will meditate. something i do daily. and i will connect with a small haiku group i have, called Haiku Stairs, through a meditation app (Insight Timer). something i do daily as well.

    i read a variety of things daily and will do this as well. from books i have (including your books and others) and art books. other books that interest me as well. i read on my kindle free books that can be downloaded legally from places like the Gutenberg Project online, which has thousands of older books in (mostly) every genre. i especially enjoy books that were written in then current story forms, set in the time of the writing. this gives me a great insight into the way people thought and did things at the time of the writing, even if it is fictional writing. that excites me very much.

    my visual art studio is where i live. i’m a very happy stay-where-i-live person, so lockdown, sequestering etc, changes very little in my day.

    Easter is mostly a quiet time for me. and i reflect on past Easters and family that has past away as well as still on this planet. the same with friends. it’s currently raining. it’s a beautiful sound.

    music ranges in general from classical to rock ‘n roll across decades. as well as folk, indigenous, and country-specific music and others. this weekend has been more classical from a range of composers i like.

    although I’m not posting much recently (i hope to do so again soon) in general i work on photos and write as well as read haiku daily. in addition i work on drawing and painting mostly during the week, and not so much on weekends. i’ve continued this while my full replacement knee is mending (surgery was in January and with pt i now have great range and can walk without walker or cane, but not fast. I’m not quite off pain meds yet but I’m working on that too).

    i like working in my yard. i like planting food plants and food trees. my goal initially was to be able to eat something i grow myself every day of the year. i reached that goal years ago. now it’s a matter of finding the plants that will both take in this environment and that i want as food or beauty. yes, i have decorative plantings too. I’m not a particularly organized gardener. i plant for specific places, things i think will grow well in that spot. in some ways my yard is rather speckled that way. i’m rather speckled and chaotic, so i suspect my gardening style is kind of a reflection of me. maybe that’s true of most gardeners. today i probably won’t do much with plants other than appreciate all plants do for us human creatures.

    i have my surgeon’s okay to start yoga again anytime. i’ve been doing a little upper body yoga but hope to start fuller routines soon. the knee is a bit tricky yet.

    i keep journals periodically. including (night) dream journals. right now not so much.

    i write to people I’m connected with or connecting too, quite a bit (email, texting and other apps). mostly about art, haiku, meditation, recollection stories etc. sometimes those become haibun. lately i’ve been working on tanka as well.

    peace, lightness and ease on your Easter. safety, joy, laughter and creativity on you. be well. rest, dream and walk with beauty all around you. and have fun, even in this difficult and challenging time across our planet. aloha rick

    *

    stunned i look
    for a beautiful vase
    one wild rose

    *

    • Wow, Rick, anyone who feels alone on Easter and who reads your message, is probably not feeling alone anymore! Thanks for sharing. This gives everyone plenty of ideas. And, thanks for being our featured poet/artist today on The Daily Haiku. Very calming work!

      • thank you Charlotte. i know you work tirelessly, or maybe while you’re tired too, for all writers (or most all writers, maybe not so much bully writers, although they might have the most to gain by your thoughtfulness).

        Easter, as i see it, is a time for all people to come together and work on the togetherness that can be sustained all year. togetherness can include physical contact of course, yet it can be so much more. it can also include support systems that raise our spirits and find ways to be all inclusive.

        we are social creatures in many ways. yet we need silent times too. it is in our own silence that so much is heard. in that process we connect to others. we can connect around the planet this way if we choose to do so.

        so yes, i hope, even if there are those who are alone at this time, we reach outward as well as inward to connect with each other at any distance. in that connection we are not alone.

        laughing, with someone on the other side of this planet is a great feeling. we can each and all do that every day. way fun on that.

        as a distant friend said recently, big grins on you. and double smiles too. to which i say, have fun, and if you’re not having fun, then make fun anyone can enjoy and share it with others. even in this time of intense crisis, take the time to see and be fun. at least a little every day.

        laughter on us all. well-being on us all. safety and care-giving to us all. and peace on us all too. aloha rick

      • oops. i forgot my own fun:

        *

        light rain tonight
        the train whistle of childhood
        in my pocket

        *

      • Thanks for your insights, Rick! Good thoughts to live by. Peace.

  4. Paul Beech says:

    Dear Charlotte and all,

    Well, this strangest Easter has been and gone with Maureen and I in Covid isolation here on our Welsh mountainside. And the weather has been the strangest too, with chill winds, sea frets off the bay, drizzle, torrential rain and even a couple of claps of thunder. So no, we haven’t been sitting out much! Rather, it’s been phone call after text after phone call after text to family and friends, but with time for for a spot of reading and stuff too.

    Our tastes in books are not identical, so some we both read, others not.

    We both read the Winter 19-20 issue of Poetry Wales and especially enjoyed the work of John Freeman.

    We both read, and re-read from cover to cover, our good friend Kemal Houghton’s pamphlet ‘There Will Be Dancing’, fresh out from Red Squirrel Press. Familiar though his unique style was to us of course, we were amazed all over again – amazed, entertained, inspired and refreshed. Kemal is one talented poet! And our individual signed copies of ‘Dancing’ we shall treasure.

    Maureen read other poetry books whilst I, a red hot crime fiction buff, settled down to read my old copy of Nicholas Blake’s ‘The Private Wound’. Blake was of course the Anglo-Irish poet Cecil Day-Lewis, our UK Poet Laureate from 1966 until his death in 1972. As Blake, he wrote the Nigel Strangeways detective novels but ‘The Private Wound’ was one of his standalone works, and a brilliant novel it most certainly is. Set in West Ireland in 1937, with “The Troubles” still a searing memory and the Second World War looming, it tells the story of a dangerous, doomed romance…

    As for music… you should have seen Maureen and I bopping along to the raw raving rhythm of Electric Toadstool playing Euroboys! It was a 1984 recording with Kemal (yes, our poet friend) playing guitar and singing his head off, his mate Ray Davies on drums. It was Kemal who added an air raid siren and spiced up his vocals with reverb. Great fun.

    Yes, it was the strangest Easter ever.

    Keep safe, well and creative,

    Paul

  5. Al Gallia says:

    Charlotte, thanks for keeping my haiku spirit up with your blog posts 🌹. At almost 80, I am trying to maintain ‘stealth’ mode and seldom surface to open my hatch! Haiku and photography are my saving interests, and Mother Nature’s springtime rebirth. Stay safe. Blessings and peace.

  6. Khalid says:

    I’m now reading the full works of Takobuku, most of which contain Tanka and a little haiku that no Japanese poet can escape. Besides, I almost finished reading Franz Kafka’s novel “The Castle.” God knows how much I love Kafka.

    I rediscovered my favorite artists: Johann Sebastian Bach. And idy definitely like to invite you to listen to No. 6 of his symphony.

    To whoever reads this, I hope we maintain social distancing and try to stay home and try to be safe.

    Many and warm thanks goes to you Charlotte, for what you sharing here with us every day.

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