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COME TO YOUR SENSES WRITING RETREAT 2020 DATES in COLLIOURE, FRANCE JUNE 14-20 and SEPTEMBER 20-26. Learn More… 
 

Come To Your Senses Writing Retreat II A Sublime Success

From May 26-June 1 we hosted the second Come to Your Senses writing retreat. Writers from Oregon, California, Illinois, Connecticut, and New York made their way to Collioure to disconnect from the daily grind, immerse themselves in the slow rhythms of life in the seaside village we now call home, and strengthen their writing using their five senses. Helping us achieve our mission -- master guest writer Ann Garvin and international culinary treasure, Chef Emily Park. The food was so exquisite, ...

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This is Our New Life

On habite ici maintenant. We live here now. This has been the phrase on our lips every day since May 15, when we took possession of our small and very charming apartment in Collioure. We have uttered it to the candied peanut man at the farmer’s market and to our regular waiter at the Sola (one of two local watering holes in town) and a cheese monger from Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon, whom we met one night at our favorite tapas place. He wanted to practice his English. Parce qu'on habite ici ...

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Come to Your Senses Writing Retreat Dates for 2020

In less than 2 weeks we make le grand déménagement from Portland to Collioure. We’re past the point of holding an object to see if it sparks joy and thanking it for its service. It’s a full-on 5 alarm moving fire now: “hey, is that that priceless heirloom from the grandma who was related to Queen Marie of Romania? Toss it in the bin!” You’ve moved, you know how it is! But the end and a glass of wine is in sight. On May 15 we take possession of our sweet apartment in the village, and ten ...

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Yeah, No, Not Happening: Say no to self-improvement, yes to your swimming suit

The best part of publishing a book are the questions it engenders. For years you’re trapped in your own head, asking yourself your own questions about the material, then upon publication the party starts. One of the best questions I continue to receive about In Praise of Difficult Women is what do my difficult women have in common. The subtitle is Life Lessons from 29 Women Who Dared to Break the Rules, and biggest rule most of them broke was saying thanks, no thanks to self-improvery. I’d be ...

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