My Life’s Blessings


How I live is the way I cook,
one bowl on this counter for a cake—
flour, sugar, eggs and chocolate,
always chocolate for spirits;
on a stove a stew simmers
for freezer placement, just in case
my newest project rips the cooking
desire from under me. In a blender,
my mother-in-law’s mixture of oil, vinegar,
and mustard for an irresistible dressing
drizzled upon wilted frig leaves
which no one noticed but me. I run
to my store for a new head of lettuce
and a magazine and then dash back
into my room beside this kitchen to do
what makes me happiest – write –
one day a poem, next day
a story, an essay.

My life’s blessings in my sacred and risky spaces.

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Diana Raab, Ph.D., M.F.A.
Diana Raab, Ph.D., M.F.A., is an award-winner memoirist, poet, speaker and workshop facilitator. She is the author of nine books including, her latest, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. Her most recent poetry book is called, Lust. In her 40-year career, she’s been as an advocate of personal writing. Dr. Raab facilitates workshops in writing for transformation and empowerment, focusing on journaling, poetry, and memoir writing. She believes in the importance of writing to achieve wholeness and interconnectedness, which encourages the ability to unleash the true voice of your inner self. Raab blogs for numerous blogs, including: Psychology Today, Elephant Journal, and Thrive Global. Visit her at


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