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Anteater Tops the Night

As I write, an anteater saunters by, completely distracting my already distracted self. So, all I’ll say before crawling into bed (which is lovely walk through a jungle path away) is that we are thinking, learning and sharing ideas here in Costa Rica. Yoga at 7am and the day just keeps on going, which is why I am going to bed and it is only nine!
What an amazing country this is! I’ve got zip lining in my future – I can redeem myself from chickening out the first time at the Olympics.

Since I’ve been sitting here, three other people have joined me to get wired. We are outside in the outdoor lobby, huddled around the hotspot – someone said, “hey, we’re the new smokers….”
Maybe you had to be there.

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What would you do if you had a magic wand?

Well, it’s not that easy, but this is what I would do if I had a magic wand.

When my essay was accepted for How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, I had no idea it would lead to such a wonderful opportunity and now I am off to Costa Rica to discover how I can make a profound difference in our world – what a once-in-a-lifetime gift and I thank John E Wade for his incredible optimism and belief in change. I will be writing way more about this, but for now, it is about being grateful.

And busy. I have been judging the Illinois Women’s Press Association Print Media Contest and blown away by the passion and commitment of those who have entered.

The final edits of my next book are completed and the galleys should be arriving any day now – what a thrill.

I am also devouring the books for the Red Cedar Awards (2011) – hardly work, but keeping me up late at night and who doesn’t love reading books they can’t put down?

Not to forget suite101.com, where I spend lots of hours, not just editing, but learning great stuff about reading and writing.

While I am in Costa Rica, the internet connection might be a bit iffy, so if you don’t hear from me, don’t worry. Eventually, I end up in Toronto and hope to catch up with friends.

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Super Busy Year Reading – How Great is That?

I’ve returned from paradise, reluctantly and to make leaving Maui even more difficult, it’s snowing in Lotus Land. James is home for reading week, and I want to devout every hour to doing stuff with him, but, alas, I have two days outside work this week and a lot of reading to do.

While I was away, the 2011 Mate E. Palmer Professional Communicators Contest of the Illinois Women’s Press Association (IWPA) sent the first round of work to read for the Print Media category. For those of you who don’t know, the IWPA has an annual contest to provide an opportunity for communicators across the state to gain recognition for their work as published journalists, book authors, photographers, as well as in advertising, among various categories. The IWPA is the oldest state affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.

I am truly honoured to be one of the judges and a little nervous too – after all, I know the competition will be stiff – so much talent!

Then there are the Red Cedar Awards – my living room is full of books for kids and reading them is pure pleasure, except there are so many. I’ll be ready for our next meeting, though and again, there is so much talent, that picking the best of the best is not easy.

And finally, book club. I have bought the books (March: The Places in Between, by Rory Stewart and April: A Farewell to Arms). May, it’s my turn to pick the book and I am thinking Zola.

I have no time to write, which is okay now that the final edits for The Darkness Between the Stars are done :), but I’d like to start a new book, if only I didn’t need sleep.

Re: My invite to Costa Rica that I blogged about earlier. I’m going!!! March 1st and I wish I could put all of this reading on an eReader, but not possible. Maybe by next year?

I have lots more to say about the trip to Costa Rica, but will save that for another time. Stay tuned.

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Damn, I can’t go to Costa Rica, but I love that I was invited!

Remember last year when I was so pleased to have my essay included in a book with my hero, Obama? Still can’t believe it and then I got this email – I can’t go to Costa Rica, but it made feel so good about being a writer and making a difference – they even offered to pay my registration fees, but I don’t want to go alone and nobody I know has an extra three or four thousand dollars…

Dear Julie,

As you may recall, I am the editor of How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth. Again I wish to express my thanks to you for contributing to this ground-breaking work.

I would like to invite you to consider joining me in a seminar that I will attend, “Conquer the Invisible in Costa Rica.”

One of your fellow authors, Martin Rutte, and another dedicated person, Barry Braun, will be leading this fascinating endeavour from March 2nd to March 7th.

On March 2nd to 7th, 2011, accomplished professionals from across North America will be meeting in Costa Rica to explore two vital questions:

1. How can I make a profound difference in the world?
2. How can my career be even more successful while I make that difference?

The world needs accomplished professionals to make a difference.

I would love to have you join Martin Rutte and Barry Braun in Costa Rica so that you:

– See clearly how you can a more meaningful and profound difference
– Attract and inspire others around you to make that difference
– Be supported by a Mastermind group of accomplished professionals while you make that difference

This is about real results. You have spent years developing your professional skills, taking care of family and building your career. You probably spend over 2000 hours a year. Why can’t that time, knowledge and skill make more of a difference for our world as well? Why can’t your business or career make a truly profound and meaningful difference while you enjoy greater success?

In Costa Rica, you will discover a deeper truth about yourself and about how you can satisfy that deep itch to make a real difference in profound, meaningful ways. Join other accomplished people – people like Doug, a consultant and coach to Fortune 500 CEOs; Kwon, a neuroscientist, Julie, an executive for social responsibility, Rick and Linda, owners of a financial services agency, the president of a retail sporting goods company. Discover what is really possible at http://www.conquertheinvisible.com/wp/create-a-profound-difference

Let’s put our minds and hearts together and make our lives count! Join us!


John E. Wade II

Book: How to Achieve Heaven on Earth
Charity: http://soldiersoflove.org/


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New Anthology: How to Achieve A Heaven on Earth – Very proud to be a part of this

The long awaited How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, is now available. I feel so honoured to have an essay included in this amazing collection: “Ending Poverty One Loan at a time: Dr. Yunus and The Grameen Bank.”

How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth

Whether it’s finding spiritual harmony, reducing carbon emissions, quelling hostilities among races, cutting taxes, or feeding the hungry, every single person has the capacity to change the world for the better. Longtime New Orleans writer, editor, and philanthropist John E. Wade II has asked some of our most prestigious thinkers, writers, artists, experts, and leaders to consider how to improve the world. The result––this ambitious volume––is as much a social mission as it is an inspirational anthology. Herein lie thoughtful and hopeful reflections on a rich variety of issues, ranging from racism, poverty, religious persecution, genocide, and environmental deterioration to individual consciousness, mental well-being, and community development.

One hundred one contributions from such notable personalities as Al Gore, Tony Blair, Nicholas Kristof, Thomas L. Friedman, and George W. Bush explore variations on the themes of peace, security, freedom, democracy, prosperity, spiritual and racial harmony, ecology, health, and moral purpose and meaning. Focusing on the large problems of the world without losing sight of the little challenges people face every day, this collection of essays encourages readers to find meaning in their own lives and share it with others for the betterment of the world. Religious and secular, liberal and conservative, old and young, the luminaries who have contributed to this work offer their voices and thoughts to inspire movement toward creating a more harmonious world community.

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How to Achieve Heaven on Earth

Recently an essay I wrote was accepted by Pelican Publishing’s newest book How to Achieve Heaven on Earth.

They are still looking for contributors — interested writers will find the submission guidelines on their web site here.

After my essay was accepted, I was thrilled to receive a letter from John E. Wade II (Author, Investor, Philanthropist), thanking me for my contribution and asking me to spread the word. (My essay is on the economist and humanist, Dr. Muhammad Yunus and microcredit.

As writers we all get our fair share of rejection letters — if we don’t we are not sending out enough work. Perhaps it is because of this that I find it so thrilling when my work is accepted. John Wade is clearly a man who cares about the world he lives in, and has decided to do everything he can to make a difference. I am honoured to be a small part of his project.


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