Articles by Robert

Rediscovering the Heart: Finding the Source of Love and Life

“Above all else, guard your heart. For out of it flows all the issues of life.” ~King Solomon


 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” ~King Solomon

The heart of the 12-step model of recovery involves turning the heart from selfishness and self-centeredness toward a higher power and service toward others. Part of that process involves a fearless and moral inventory during which the painful images of the past are cleared away, allowing for the heart to be filled with light and love. Heart-to-heart sharing of stories results in healing and changed lives. Like the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly, this deep healing of the heart results in authentic transformation. Healing begins in the heart. How can anyone recover from addiction or any other issue without healing the heart?

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Transformed by Writing: A Light Journey

When you’re all alone in the dark you can either close your eyes and go to sleep or look for the light. I entered the department store and tried my best to look like a real shopper. Something told me they were watching me. Maybe it was just my drug-induced paranoia, I told myself, half-convincingly. I picked up a pair of slacks, folding them neatly over my arm. I turned and headed down another aisle, this time deftly slipping a belt and a handful of silk ties beneath the pants. I then headed to the dressing room to do my dirty work. I entered an empty stall and wrapped the belt and ties around my waist, covering them with my shirt. I tucked the shirt in carefully and straightened out my jacket, making sure nothing was bulging or hanging out. Then I exited the dressing room and put the pants back on the rack where I had found them.

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 Confessions of a Part-Time Professor

Puerto Vallarta sunset sinks into the azure sea as a white stallion stands silently on the silver sand. I sit on the beach and enter the online Blackboard platform of my Master of Fine Arts screenwriting course. Although I’m currently in Mexico, I am currently working as a part-time adjunct professor in an accredited U.S.-based university. Fortunately, the high-speed internet service at The Sheraton Buganvilias is connected and I hit the “submit” button. Read the full article


7 Secrets to Writing Stories That Change Lives

When you think of transformation, what images come to mind? Perhaps a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, or a classic rags-to-riches tale.

Transformation can mean a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance, or a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal.

When you instigate transformation through your writing, you’re creating transformational writing. Transformational writing is writing that changes lives.

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Creative Writing and Recovery:

Transforming Lives and Transforming the World with the Power of Words “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”    ~Maya Angelou How Stories Transform Lives In the beginning was the word. Since the dawn of civilization, the storyteller has held a unique role in guiding, inspiring, and transforming individuals and communities. Every day around the world, in homes, churches, online, through social media, on convention center stages, in theaters, and big and small screens, storytellers continue sharing their experience, strength, and hope by telling others what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. Whether through listening or telling, writing or reading, stories are powerful. Stories are healing. Stories transform lives. This article focuses on creative writing and recovery with an emphasis on how you can help your clients transform their lives through writing their stories. You will also discover how you can transform your own life and career by becoming a published author. What’s your story? Read the full article

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