Just attended an Author’s Guild presentation called The Best Time For Publishing. The speaker, Marcus Dohle, CEO at Penguin Random House, is enthusiastic! He says that these are the top six reasons:

1) The global market — the revenue pool of this industry is growing every year. Every year people are spending more on reading stories in long-form.

2) We have stable, robust, good business models for digital books and printed books.

3) We have reached a healthy split between physical books and digital books — physical books are still 80 percent are physical and it’s stabilized the entire book…

This Mother’s Day, as we stand poised on the threshold of a dramatically changing world, it seems a fitting time to give a shout-out to the Divine Mother Goddess who helped bring forth the world.

I wanted to add in another Mom to honor this year: the Divine Mother.

She may not fit into everyone’s spiritual, cultural, or personal point of view, but she has existed through history and remains an integral part of many cultures and belief systems.

As an interfaith minister, trained in all the faiths of the world, I spent many years researching her presence in our…

A best selling self-help author discusses her foray into fiction

Daphne Rose Kingma has always written books about love and relationships.

In 2017 she published her first novel, The Magical World of Madame Métier, a “Spiritual Fairy Tale” about love, romance and friendship meant to empower women to discover and follow their destinies. Métier is the French word for “an occupation or activity that one is good at.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Daphne when her book, The Future of Love, released in 1999. I was transformed by that book, by our chat, and Daphne’s unique wisdom about relationships…

Embrace the inner journey. Own your shadow and your light. Tell yourself the truth. Follow your heart and the call of your soul. Here are some collected quotes on self-honesty.

1. “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” — Sigmund Freud

2. “It’s a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth.’ And so it goes away. Puzzling.” — Robert M. Pirsig

3. “The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.” — Henry David Thoreau

4. “Above all, be true to yourself, and if you…

I never thought I could get through the loss of my mother. Until I came out of the other side of grief.

No one seeks out pain and sorrow,

but when it comes, we cannot just turn it away.

Loss is a part of life. Death is part of life. Heartbreak is part of life.

We must accept it. We must embrace it.

We must embrace our pain.

Hold it close, and let it touch our hearts.

Let it rattle us. And desolate us. And roll through us.

It will, eventually, unfold a strength we never knew.

If we are…

When our kids are in crisis, therapy can help the whole family heal.

It happens in many families. There may be one kid who seems more troubled than the rest. Perhaps there is trouble in school, underage drinking, or a tendency to get into fights with siblings or act like a bully to other kids. On the other end of the spectrum, it may be may be that the child that is withdrawn, depressed, has a hard time making friends, and is bullied by others. The list of potential family challenges goes on.

Parents scratch their heads trying to figuring…

Don’t let the COVID crisis bring your marriage down.

Feeling cooped up? Spending too much time together? Bickering or arguing a lot? Have you been feeling lately that you and your mate have become broken records when it comes to the same old fight? Or maybe you are emotionally distant from one another, or struggling through a recent crisis or loss. When something does not feel right, that’s where couples therapy, also known as marriage therapy and conjoint therapy, may help.

While some people use couples therapy to make a good relationship even better, most end up seeking help when…

What exactly is a soulmate? And how do you know when you’ve found yours?

When Jennie E. Johnson, RN-BC, PhD and her hubby, John, first laid eyes on one another, they knew they were meant to be together — even though she lived in Seattle and he lived in Iowa. They met at her sister’s wedding one March, saw each other for a few days that July, and then again in September, when he brought her an engagement ring. They were married on New Year’s Eve — 37 years ago.

“We both say that we knew that first night that…

If your children resist reading, or can’t quite warm up to it, here are some tips to inspire them to love books.

Not every child will fall madly in love with reading. Some are better at math, science, or sports. But even those with other primary skills will have to learn to read so it is important to begin to instill enjoyment of reading early in life.

We asked experts and moms for their best tips on helping children learn to read:

  1. Create a special connection. When you sit an infant or toddler in your lap to read, it begins a positive emotional connection. “The psychological connection between the parent and child is through the book,” says Wanda Draper, PhD, child development…

Ouch. It may hurt you as much as it hurts them, but here are some ways to get your child through the first experience losing a love.

We all dread the idea of seeing our kids go through their first romantic heartache. As one-time teenagers, we remember the agony of young love gone awry. Though we can’t protect them from ever getting hurt, moms can play a big role in helping them through the experience in a healthy way.

“The first break up can be significant as it may be a teen’s first experience with the end of a relationship,”…

She Who Scrivens-Laurie Sue Brockway

Laurie Sue Brockway is author more than 25 books. She shares ancient wisdom, spiritual tips, and emotional encouragement for modern scribes.

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