Rebecca Walker


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Baby Love, Workshops, and my beautiful and challenging two and a half year old

Hey everybody,

Thanks so much for your posts and for your beautiful letters. I can't tell you --even though I tell you again and again--how much it means to me to know that the book means something to you. THANK YOU!

Upcoming writing workshops:

November: Amsterdam
December: Maui
June 2008: South of France
August 2008: Costa Rica

I think the South of France workshop is going to AMAZING. All of them will be amazing, but this one is in an out of this world location on the sea.

If you are interested in any of these, contact my assistant, Ej, at to sign up or get more information.

And now onto the trials and tribulations of my gorgeous two and a half year old: He's driving me crazy at the moment! Needs a nap, won't go down. Is potty trained, but now using "I've got to go bathroom," to avoid having to go to sleep. He's got a cold, which is making him a little wilder than usual, but now that I've been giving him a bit of medicine, he asks for it all the time!

Then there is the eating. I give him a huge bowl of food, then when it is time for him to take a nap, he says, or rather screams, "I'm hungry, Mommy" --knowing that it will be almost impossible for me to deny him food (even though I must resist his attention-seeking, nap-refusing behavior).

As I write I see these are pretty minimal complaints for a two and a half year old, but whew! Mommy needs a break.

Okay. Keep the posts coming, and maybe I'll see you France next year, or Maui this year. That would be great.

Much aloha to all.

PS I also do manuscript consultations if you already have a manuscript and are looking for advice on where to go with it. Go to the STORE link on the site and check out the Manuscript Consult page.
Thursday, August 09, 2007

Back at it...

Hey everyone,

Since the last comment on the blog was, "Why have you stopped blogging?"I figure I better get to it, even in the midst of motherhood, writing, travel, and teaching in far flung places.

I'm just back from teaching a wonderful writing workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand that inspired me to inaugurate a yearly workshop in Hawaii. I've found the perfect space, the perfect masseuse (Thai massage was a big help in the writing process, lol) and I'm looking forward to letting you all know more about it soon. I'm debating between holding it in December or July. Let me know what you think.

After visiting Cambodia, I've been thinking about the war in the Middle East. When America pulled out of Cambodia, millions had no protection against being slaughtered in a vicious civil war. Of course I am against war, but we also have to consider how many lives would be lost if we pull out without a plan to protect the people made so vulnerable by our initiation of the war in the first place. We have to plan for stopping war and protecting those who face unspeakable devastation once it is in motion. That's my thinking at the moment anyway, very different from how I felt about war before I went to Cambodia.

On another front, letters about Baby Love continue to be AMAZING and make me very, very proud. Lots of moms and dads writing about similar experiences, and tackling the subject of ambivalence. Others urge me to reconcile with my mother, and many admire my ability to take healthy distance. I understand both views, and continue to defy the notion that suffering is inherently redemptive and that freedom from injurious circumstances is ill-advised.

Of course, I'm always open to anything that makes the world a better place.

Much aloha from here,


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