Holidays and New Year

Good news — my website, which was hacked earlier this year by unknown assailants, has now been fixed, updated, and given more security features by the excellent web-designer, Mark Bednarowski, who specializes in Word Press. You can contact him here
Thanks to my yoga friends Evelyn and Steve for recommending him.

While I am working on a new blog post to commemorate the holiday season and usher in the new year, I am offering the poem below. Written a while ago, it still feels true. We welcome the light, in a time when there is too much darkness in the world.
In addition, I have quite a few surplus copies of my book Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal as it is now in that no-woman’s land between publishers. I am making a holiday offer of $5.00 for this book, which usually sells for $16.95 plus HST. It contains thoughts about writing on a variety of subjects, including trauma and recovery, as well as specific writing exercises. If you are interested, please use the CONTACT form on the contact page of this website.
And there is a new feature on the “Readings and Events” page — a story you can read at leisure.
I will be offering more texts and audio-recordings on this page in the future.

Enjoy your holiday season — or find the peace you need.

WINTER SOLSTICE

In this season
of the White Witch
Persephone underground
and frozen tears
crossing
the face of the moon
Remember the light
growing
like roses in the arctic
a miracle
unlooked-for.

Ellen S. Jaffe
published in Water Children (Mini Mocho Press, Hamilton, 2002).

About Ellen

I am a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, and CANSCAIP. I have received grants from the Ontario Arts Council for both writing and teaching. I currently work with Learning Through the Arts and Living through the Arts, programmes run by the Royal Conservatory of Music that enable artists to work in schools and community organizations. I have also taught in many other school and community programs, and have been a judge for various writing contests for both young people and adults.
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