The Writestream with Ima Sumac Watkins: Creating Our Joy During the Holidays

The Writestream with Ima Sumac Watkins: Creating Our Joy During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us!

Does this make you happy or create more stress in your life?

Tune in to The Writestream with Daria Anne on Wednesday, November 22 at 11 AM Eastern when Ima Sumac Watkins returns to talk about creating our own joy. Our families can be our biggest teachers and the holidays can pose our greatest challenges. Ima will talk about healing the expectations we have of our families and ourselves during this time of celebration.

She’ll also share how to create our own holiday rituals, heal past hurts, take responsibility for our own joy, and experience truly¬†Happy Holidays.

To stream the episode, click on this link. Or listen by phone at (347) 945-7246. Press “1” if you would like to ask Ima a question on the air.

For more on Ima and her professional services, visit


Happy Thanksgiving!

Whatever your plans, enjoy the day, savor the blessings in your life, eat lots of turkey and watch some football!


Things I am Grateful for this Year (in no particular order):




1. The recent, successful conclusion of a project that’s been 3 1/2 years in the making, involving the resourcefulness, intelligence, patience and help of two women who (finally) made it happen. Not going into detail but they know who they are – and they rock! Such a blessing that this is, at last, behind me.



2. Speaking of long-term projects, the publication and release of Reflections on the Ring, a manuscript I’d originally written back in 2010, placed on hold by my client until the timing was right. Check it out here.


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3. Carrie Lundy, graphic artist and designer of Reflections on the Ring front and back cover, Writestream logo and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss logo. Need Carrie’s services? Contact me here and I’ll make an introduction.



4. Balazs Szabo, new friend and recent client whose wonderful book, Tweezer Beezer, I am promoting through social media.


Agenda 21 author and now my friend Harriet Parke.

Agenda 21 author and now my friend Harriet Parke.


5. Harriet Parke, new friend and author of Agenda 21, with whom I had the pleasure of visiting this past September.




6. Lisa Tarves and John Gresham, who were with me from the very beginning of the Writestream Radio Network.




7. Good friends, including Dr. Billie Eizenberg who began hosting Family Power Hour with Sheena Benjamin-Wise in August.


Mom and Dad, dancing at a recent family gathering.

Mom and Dad, dancing at a recent family gathering.


8. My awesome Mom and Dad, and their continued presence in my life.


Celebrating my mother's birthday with my brother Ralph, circa 1992.

Celebrating my mother’s birthday with my brother Ralph, circa 1992.

9. My siblings, especially Ralph, who has taught me more than anyone about unconditional love. Also thankful that one sibling in particular had a successful surgery and good medical prognosis recently.




10. My excellent health, thanks in part to daily adherence to the Leslie Sansone Walk At Home program. It’s amazing how toned and strong my muscles have become, and how great I feel. Left my 20s long ago, but feel fantastic! Best of all, my historically low-to-normal blood pressure remains that way.




11. Love – that includes family, friends and a new someone special who came into my life nearly a year ago. Whatever happens, this relationship has certainly taught me a lot about myself and my capacity to listen, understand, empathize and patiently wait for God’s perfect timing. Circumstances aren’t exactly stellar right now, but the person is a man of honor, integrity, faith and patriotism with a big heart and a willing ear and/or (virtual) shoulder. Nice to know there are still men like that out there. Enough said.



12. Being an American – thanks to the courage of my maternal great-grandmother and my paternal grandparents, I was born and raised in the greatest country the world has ever known. Individual liberty and American exceptionalism have been under relentless attack, especially in the last decade, but I will always be grateful to be an American and will fight with everything I have to preserve this nation, along with fiercely devoted patriots from coast-to-coast. We owe that much to the pilgrims who risked everything to forge a new life in an unknown land that would eventually become a beacon of freedom worldwide.

God bless America!





Happy Thanksgiving!

Whatever your plans are today, wishing you much joy, delicious food and fun times! Today is a bittersweet one for my family since November 22 is also the anniversary of my cousin Maris’ birthday (the first one since her death last year on December 23) and my niece Sophia’s 8th birthday. This will be Sophia’s first one without her Godmother Maris, who always made their shared birthday celebrations special and memorable, as she did every occasion. Thanks for all of the wonderful memories, Maris. We miss and love you!

Beautiful Maris Lee DiGiovanni, November 22, 1946 – December 23, 2011.

On another note, this annual reminder of the story of Thanksgiving from Rush Limbaugh, is more relevant than ever, post-Election:

“Here is the part that has been omitted: The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share.” It was a commune. It was socialism. “All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well,” not to the individuals who built them.

“Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives. He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage.” They could do with it whatever they wanted. He essentially turned loose the free market on ’em. “Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism.” And they found that it didn’t work.

“What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else,” because everybody ended up with the same thing at the end of the day. “But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years — trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it — the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently. What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild’s history lesson. ‘The experience that we had in this common course and condition,’ Bradford wrote. ‘The experience that we had in this common course and condition tried sundry years… that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing — as if they were wiser than God. … For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense.'”

What he was saying was, they found that people could not expect to do their best work without any incentive. So what did they try next? Free enterprise. “Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result? ‘This had very good success,’ wrote Bradford, ‘for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.'”
They had miraculous results. In no time they found they had more food than they could eat themselves. So they set up trading posts. They exchanged goods with the Indians. The profits allowed them to pay off the people that sponsored their trip in London. The success and the prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans, began what became known as the great Puritan migration.

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