How to celebrate August

Make your own popsicles.
Watch a little league game.
Take time to sew a button on something rendered unbuttonable.
Write a letter by hand.
Contemplate a road trip.
Stop reading about famous actresses who will never know your name or meet your family.
Instead, fall in love with the blank page, it’s solid, burgeoning potential.
Stay awake for crickets.
Crawl through midnights silent as wood, waiting for that bright and throaty chorus.
Eat fresh tomatoes.
Return a compliment.
Lift your gaze.
Call your mother.
Commit to any available happiness.

maya stein
Maya Stein is a Ninja poet, writing guide and creative adventuress. She has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 20 years and has self-published five books along with a handful of writing prompt booklets. Her latest books are “Grief Becomes You,” a collection of writings and photographs on the subject of loss from more than 60 contributors, and “The Poser: 38 Portraits Reimagined,” a full-color coffee table book of contemporary portrait re-enactments.
Maya facilitates workshops and retreats, live and online, and also works one-on-one with people interested in deepening their creative practice and bringing new work to fruition.
After a 7-year stint in suburban New Jersey, she is now happily ensconced in the wilds of mid-coast Maine in a house named Toad Hall.
You can connect with Maya on her website.

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