The Internet has many sources of information, healing, inspiration, and connection. Discernment is required. This is an eclectic list of some favorites.

WRITING / POETRY The Geraldine R Dodge Poetry Festival, held every other year in NJ, since 1986 International Women’s Writing Guild, a community of women writers Story Circle Network: For Women with Stories to Tell The Poetry Foundation National Association for Poetry Therapy Neil Gaiman, author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, American Gods, and Coraline and other books for children and adults The New Yorker magazine: “intelligence, wit, style and humor” Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache books Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz), author of the Amelia Peabody books and others Sara Paretsky, author of the VI Warshawski series Sue Grafton, author of the Kinsey Millhone series Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell series and the Kate Martinelli books

ARTS Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Supports women in the arts. Raises public awareness and recognition of women’s cultural contributions. Center for Touch Drawing. Resources for creative awakening from Deborah Koff-Chapin A series of sculptures (and poems) celebrating the diverse beauty of women

MUSIC / DANCE Eric Whitacre, composer, conductor, and public speaker, creator of Virtual Choir Chicago based radio show hosted by Rich Warren: “Folk music with a sense of humor” and also Folkstage live concerts (with links to many wonderful musicians) Krista Detor Diana Jones Joe Crookston Antje Duvekot Peter Mulvey Zoe Mulford Cellist, composer and performer, Zoe Keating Hubbard Street Dance Chicago inspired my poem, “To Dance is to Be”

HEALING / SPIRITUALITY Energy Touch School of Advanced Healing in Michigan, Tricia Eldridge, founder and director Founded by Nancy Novack, Ph.D. Resources for all ages of people affected by cancer, so that “No one will ever go through cancer alone.” I am included in Integrative Therapies, Practitioners and Healing Centers (Illinois) with many others Cancer as a Turning Point: From Surviving to Thriving TM   Support for those whose lives are affected by cancer. Belleruth Naparstek, author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal and creator of guided imagery series. Extensive research on efficacy of guided imagery Louise Hay, publisher, author of Heal Your Body International Center for Reiki Training. My article, “Reiki and Breast Cancer,” is online; originally published in The Reiki News as “Reiki Integration,” (Fall,1998)

LEARNING / PERFORMANCE TED: ideas worth spreading. Riveting talks by remarkable people HeartMath® LLC  “Technology and training to improve health, performance, and well-being”


Peonies by Margaret Dubay Mikus, Copyright 2006

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