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Lessons learned at the Book Passage Conference
8/20/2010 6:23:32 PM
I was very proud to rub shoulders with the best travel essayists alive today. Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales is nestled between Tim Cahill’s, Hold the Enlightenment and Rolf Potts, Vagabonding on center stage at the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference. While I came to share my work with others, I did not expect to receive encouragement and inspiration to carry forward. Phil Cousineau, an author I was not familiar with before I arrived, gave a talk about Stoking the Creative Fires. I didn’t realize it, but since the publication of my second book in May, I have been suffering from post partum. After listening to this brilliant, accomplished individual who has thought deeply about the subject of “Why Bother” to create, I felt not only justified but eager to get on to my next book!

Cousineau’s theme that art for “beauties sake” is worthwhile in our lives reminded me of John O’Donohue’s wonderful book The Invisible Embrace of Beauty. O’Donohue’s words re-enforced my own strong belief that “the secret to youth is to fill your mind with beauty.” Not that you will look any younger, but that your spirit will be replenished and freshened when your life is filled with beauty—be it a song, a book, a landscape or the smile of a child. I felt overwhelmed by a sense of serendipitous synchronicity when Cousineau revealed that he was a close friend of O’Donohue. I was saddened to learn that this thought-provoking man had died a year earlier at the age of 53. Perhaps, his work was done. I left the conference feeling mine had just begun.


I walk in Beauty on the good red road.
Linda Ballou








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More Blogs by Linda Ballou
• Winging it in the Central Coast of Calif. - Tuesday, July 09, 2013
• Around the World Travel - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
• A Cruise I couldn't refuse. - Thursday, January 10, 2013
• Let Me Take you on an "Un-Cruise." - Monday, December 17, 2012
• A Night in Old Hawai'i - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
• Spotlight on Lost Angel Walkabout - Monday, September 10, 2012
• Last Chance for Romance in the West - Sunday, August 05, 2012
• Serious and Trashy Summer Reads - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
• Lost Angel Walkabout is a Winner!! - Monday, May 28, 2012
• How to Make Travel Writing Work for You! - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• Seeing the World with New Eyes - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• The Boldest Woman in Old Hawai'i - Sunday, March 18, 2012
• Sacred Historical sites Hawai'i - Saturday, March 10, 2012
• Save the Skin your In - Monday, February 06, 2012
• Lost Angel Walkabout in the Top Ten 2011 - Monday, January 09, 2012
• Why do Writers Write - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• Lost Angel Found by Dick Jordan - Monday, October 17, 2011
• Let me toot Jay's Horne - Thursday, September 01, 2011
• Rafting the Grandest Canyon of All - Thursday, July 14, 2011
• Gathering Roads speaks with Linda Ballou - Thursday, July 07, 2011
• 5/10/2011 - Tuesday, May 10, 2011
• Fiesty Tales from a Brilliant Storyteller - Tuesday, May 03, 2011
• Great Outdoor Days in L.A. - Monday, April 18, 2011
• No Place Like Home - Monday, April 18, 2011
• Featured author in Travel World Magazine - Monday, March 28, 2011
• Lost Angel Walkabout Brings Home the Bronze - Sunday, March 20, 2011
• Lost Angel has a conversation with Yolanda Renee - Saturday, February 19, 2011
• Secrets to travel writing revealed - Thursday, February 17, 2011
• Alcorn gives Lost Angel Thumbs Up - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• Adventure Travel Expert for NABBW - Monday, January 24, 2011
• Top Travel Writing for 2010 - Monday, January 03, 2011
• Kudos for Lost Angel Walkabout - Monday, December 20, 2010
• Jack London and Me - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• One Writer's Journey Interviews Linda Ballou - Thursday, November 18, 2010
• Review: Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Holiday Book Give Away - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Great Outdoor Day in L.A.-Sandstone Peak - Thursday, November 04, 2010
• Lost Angel takes a tumble - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
•  Lessons learned at the Book Passage Conference - Friday, August 20, 2010  
• Running in Good Company - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
• AB FAB Review of Lost Angel Walkabout - Friday, July 16, 2010
• Praise for Lost Angel Walkabout - Wednesday, June 09, 2010
• Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales has arrived!!!!!! - Sunday, May 23, 2010
• Happy Earth Day Mom - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
• Happy Birthday Water Babby - Sunday, March 14, 2010
• Discounts to Book Clubs - Thursday, March 04, 2010
• Do You Feel Lucky - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• Mystical Moloka'i - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Spirited gift selections - Tuesday, December 01, 2009
• Feel Good Story - Monday, November 16, 2009
• Swim with Dolphin lady - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
• Spread the "Good News." - Thursday, October 01, 2009
• Secret to Youth Revealed - Sunday, September 13, 2009
• Talk at Distant Lands Travel Store - Saturday, September 12, 2009
• Conversation with Yolanda Renee - Tuesday, September 08, 2009
• Sometimes you get what you need - Sunday, August 30, 2009
• Wai-nani-A New Voice from Old Hawaii on Kindle - Thursday, August 13, 2009
• Water Lomi Anyone - Wednesday, August 05, 2009
• You Can Afford to go to the Islands - Sunday, July 26, 2009
• Remembering Moloka'i - Tuesday, July 21, 2009
• Best Deal on the Big Island - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
• Wai-nani recieves wonderful review - Tuesday, July 07, 2009
• Hawaii Bound - Thursday, June 18, 2009
• Linda Interviewed by Newoka on Web Mistress Radio - Thursday, May 14, 2009
• FENG SHUI GHOST-BUSTER CONFESSES TO $13,680 AND 1.3 MILLION! - Monday, May 11, 2009
• Los Angeles Times 2009 Book Festival - Wednesday, May 06, 2009
• Promo Day - An Event For People in the Writing Industry - Thursday, April 30, 2009
• Keeping Ancient Hula Tradition Alive - Monday, April 27, 2009
• Linda And Wai-nai head for the L.A. Book Fest - Wednesday, April 01, 2009
• 2008 Literary Awards Finalist - Friday, February 27, 2009
• Meet Mary - Friday, February 13, 2009
• Heavenly Hawaii article - Thursday, January 22, 2009
• Concious Discussions Interview - Friday, November 28, 2008
• Why we love the Divine Dolphin interview - Tuesday, October 14, 2008
• Radio Interview - Friday, September 05, 2008
• Linda Ballou to Interview with Writers in the Sky - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• Linda Ballou to Do Reading in Encino - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• Book Club Classics loves Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawaii - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• The Art of Having A Nervous Breakdown - Wednesday, August 27, 2008
• Los Angeles Book Festival appearance - Tuesday, April 29, 2008


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