Thursday, November 15, 2007

Poet Ingrid Goff Maidoff Encourages Joyful Living - 5 Stars!

Eternal Song, Honey Sutras, Happiness, The Abundance of Grace ... These are just a few of the wonderful titles offered by poet and bookbinder Ingrid Goff Maidoff on her website, now on and at artisan fairs on Martha's Vineyard.

It is the joy and meaning we bring to the lives of readers that matters most. Poet and artisan bookbinder Ingrid Goff-Maidoff knows this more than any other writer I've met and read! Her books are thoughtfully and carefully bound, using beautiful paper with delicate patterns and textures. Her words gracefully held within the pages are just as much of a blessing for the reader. Ingrid has an instinctive talent for bringing poetic words of wisdom with a spiritual tone to her work. You feel as though your soul is nourished when reading her poems.

My mother gave me one of Ingrid's books called "Wonderful You" as a gift about 7 years ago. I fell in love with the uplifting quotes and sentiments and have always kept it on the bookcase next to my bedside, to dip into when my spirit hears the call. I had the great pleasure of meeting Ingrid at an artisan fair this past summer on Martha's Vineyard, and I instantly recognized her style of writing and book binding techniques. I was overjoyed to have found more of her work and quickly snapped up several books to give friends and family as gifts. Recently I ordered a lovely book of quotes about courage for a friend. Not only did I receive this beautiful book, but Ingrid thoughtfully included a single sachet of jasmine tea and a little scroll with lovely, positive thoughts on living in a state of pure joy!

For more information about Ingrid and to see all of her beautiful books, please visit her website:

Your heart and soul will thank you!

With Blessings,

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Writer's Daily Reflections on Thankfulness

Every day when I wake up, I give thanks. I am thankful for my family, for the wonderful people in my life, for the love I am blessed with, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do what inspires me, what feeds my soul – write fiction!

I believe it is important to say thank you, not only to our loved ones, but to all those with whom we interact. Saying thank you can be one of the greatest gifts for both the giver and the receiver. A few years ago, I wrote an article for Edge Life Magazine called “The Power of Saying Thank You”. In that article one of the topics I wrote about was the sheer wonder I have for my husband and all of the helpful things he does for our household and family. Saying thank you to your spouse is an essential way to encourage a loving and caring partnership.

I find myself in a similar position of being incredibly thankful to the universe for bringing me a fulfilling project like Land & Sea, created in collaboration with the very talented NY artist Irene Ruddock. This week I would like to pay tribute to all of the Land & Sea readers who have come out to book signings, who have bought the book and who have written to say how much this collection of paintings and poetry has meant to them. Some readers have even taken the time to write thoughtful, insightful book reviews on! This is a supreme gift – to know that something you have written has touched the lives of others. Knowing that every poem has a reader is thrilling. Knowing that readers will take time to reflect on what brings them peace in their own lives after reading a poem is a true blessing.

I am thankful for the generous, gracious feedback from all of our readers. Thank you for sharing your joy and for taking the journey of peace and reflection that is Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art.

With Gratitude,
Cristina M. R. Norcross