Friday, July 19, 2019

Sober Truths is taking a vacation

Hi faithful readers. I'm going to be taking the rest of the summer off to work on my next novel. Hope you all have a great summer. Best, Jill

Friday, July 12, 2019

One way the universe encouraged my creative life

 A friend and I are working through the exercises in Deep Creativity together and this week's reflections were on fate and circumstances and events that have influenced our creativity. Here's a poem I wrote in response.

I was new at it all
Retreats, ferry rides in the San Juans
Meditation, ritual thinking

The afternoon was blissfully cool
Soft water breeze, bees
On apple cores in the grass
The bookstore’s open
Carolyn said

A corner of the lobby
Theosophy mostly
Deep thinkers older than I
And then at the end of one shelf
The Artist’s Way
And I saw exercises on the pages

And was flooded with
Memories of car trips
To Grandma B’s in Idaho
And workbooks to pass
The long hours in the backseat

And I read of 12 ways to be creative
And I wanted that
Are you an artist?
The woman taking money was frail but friendly
And a long-repressed part of me
Said yes
Yes, I am

And I knew it was true
And now here I am
Still new at it all
And yet not

Friday, July 5, 2019

A different way of looking at a spiritual practice

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a gathering led by my good friend Rabbi Brian Mayer. While the gathering was focused on a discussion of acceptance, I found Brian's introductory remarks about the spiritual life as viewed by thinker Erich Fromm to be most striking.

Fromm saw five aspects to the spiritual life:
  • Living from a hierarchy of values (being able to prioritize what is most important as guidance in our lives)
  • An ability to diminish our egos (knowing that much of what happens is not about us; we are not at the center)
  • Feeling connected to something larger than ourselves (community, Nature, a Higher Power)
  • Knowing that questions are more important than statements
  • Being open to transformation
 I have been so intrigued by these ideas that I have converted them into the questions that I use each night to review my day (I use a free app called Grid Diary to record these. Here are my questions. Perhaps they might be of use.

What values did I live into today?
When did I put someone else first?
How did I turn my consciousness towards Spirit?
What question might guide me tomorrow?
How can I be more open to change?

Monday, July 1, 2019

My ebooks are free all of July

Hi. I’m celebrating summer reading by offering all my ebooks for free between July 1 and July 31. Please visit to download the books in your desired format. Please share this email with friends who might enjoy some new reading. And if you like what you read, please post a review on amazon. Best, Jill

6 Guys, 1 Girl, 1 Night
The Color of Longing
Broken Boys

Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman
Candy Girl: How I Gave up Sugar and Created a Sweeter Life between Meals

Sober Play: Using Creativity for a More Joyful Recovery
Using Creativity and the Chakras for Getting Things Done

You can also visit my website ( for more information about my books.