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28 Days of LOVE is now available!

28 DAYS OF LOVE By Lara Simmons It's been a long time - a L-O-N-G time - since I wrote anything on this blog. One thing I have been working on is this book: 28 Days of LOVE.  It started out as a passion project, something to work on when my "real" writing wasn't going very well. I could nip on over to Blurb and while away a bit of time on this little side project.  After publishing WRITE YOUR LIFE , however, I started to take this "little side project" a bit more seriously and to see how maybe it could become something in its own right. And now it is.  I think it is the perfect book to give as a gift to someone you LOVE this Christmas. On every page there is a new way to practice LOVE, to think about LOVE, or to LOVE the people in your life. I hope that it will encourage you, inspire you, and fill you with LOVE.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! LOVE is all you need! Click on the book cover above to order.

Making Mistakes AND How Beverly Goldberg Saved My Relationship with My Teenage Sons

"Don't be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble and fall because most of the time the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare us the most...Who knows where life could take you. The road is long and in the end the journey is the destination." --Unknown from I gave a speech today at the Wallingford Toastmasters club. It was my fifth and for the first time I froze. Completely froze. Like a l-o-n-g silent PAUSE that seemed to go on forever ... So I just stood there. And stood there. And stood there. Trying to remember the rest of my speech. I always seem to give the best version of my speech on the way to the meeting and today was no exception. That version was perfect . Spot-on. I hit every mark and I remembered every word. Not so while actually giving the speech. Early in the first few lines I made a mistake. I revised my speech on the fly and in so doing I lost my way. I didn't know what came next because I had mentally dele

WRITE YOUR LIFE in Portland!

"START a  new life today, WRITE a new life today, WRITE YOUR LIFE!" Quick - and very exciting - announcement! I have been invited to lead a WRITE YOUR LIFE workshop at New Renaissance Bookstore in Portland, OR on Saturday, March 11 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. If you live in the Portland area I would love to see you there! Click here to learn more. 

Moving Mountains

My sign for the Women's March  January 21, 2017 " When the silent women SPEAK, they will move MOUNTAINS.” --My paraphrase of a Chinese proverb We have a choice to make. The choice to sit down and stay silent, or to stand up and speak. The choice to despair, or to hope; to wallow, or to act. I am here today to speak and I hope that you will join me. At 10:30pm on Tuesday, November 8th 2016, when it became clear to me that he-who-shall-not-be-named was to be our next President, I turned off the TV, crawled into bed, threw the covers over my head and thought about staying there for the next four years. Alas, the next morning my alarm went off as usual and there were kids to feed and a dog to walk and life to be lived. So I got up and started living. Over the next couple of weeks a strange thing happened. As I talked to my friends about the election and why the result was particularly devastating to me, I began to feel....hopeful. This was not what I