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Ann Steiner, Ph.D. published a second edition of her popular How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist's Workbook and Planning Guide, which provides a hands-on approach to the challenges of forming and maintaining cohesive, durable and effective groups.

Kathryn Louise Wood’s creative nonfiction piece--"Road Food for Thought”-- was published in the Spring 2015 edition of Estuaries, the visual arts and literary journal of College of the Albemarle. http://www.albemarle.edu/estuaries

Victoria Emmons honored her father’s memory with the poem “Daddy” which appears on her blog at www.ruesleidan.wordpress.com. She wrote about cancer treatment in the poem “Sir Chemo” which appears on The Poetry Wall at Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto.

In “Time of Your Life,” published in the 2015 issue of the Las Positas Literary Anthology, Patrick Coyle writes of making choices in the post-retirement phase of his life: follow the advice to find out what you love, stick with it, and start now.

Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine: Poems of Grace, Hope and Healing by Margaret Dubay Mikus is a kaleidoscope and companion on life’s journey. Like a generous friend it makes you laugh unexpectedly and lets you cry when need be. www.FullBlooming.com

TEACHING WILL:  What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't (Familius) Mel Ryane's memoir of her volunteering to create The Shakespeare Club at a public school-for kids who have never seen a play, much less acted in one - is entwined with the story of an artist giving up a dream.

Connect with our local AWA community at the 2nd annual Festival of Writing, hosted by Pacific School of Religion and AWA West, July 11, 9:30am-6:00pm. Writing Through Grief, Kick-Start Your Writing (for writers who are "stuck"), & more! http://www.psr.edu/summer-session-2015-awa

Join psychologist and 40+ bride, Lesley Lawson Botez, and dozens of couples on a five-step journey to relationship bliss in Holding Out for a Hero, Five Steps to Marriage Over 40. The Style Stories calls it "An indispensable flight manual for all singletons searching for meaningful relationships in their fast and ever shifting daily lives."

LaDonna Fehlberg had three poetry submissions juried into the 2015 Alameda County Fair. “Two of Me”-photo/poem
was awarded Silver. Photo/poem “Dune Maiden” and poem “Finally” were awarded Honorable Mentions.
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