Patricia Ann Chaffee
Patricia Ann Chaffee 

Writer ~ Poet ~ Photographer ~ Retreat Guide ~ Spiritual Director ~ Expressive Arts Facilitator ~ Simple Living Advocate

New Year's Greetings !


There is nothing like starting the new year off with a bit of re-organization. I find it cleansing, like a good fast if I were one of those, “go without food for a purpose” sort of folks, which I’m not. But as the new year arrives, my tax papers are sorted, my inbox is near empty, my files have been purged, and my website freshened up.  


I wanted my site to be simple and updated, a place that would share my story, the work I’m passionate about and current news about upcoming events and programs. It is also a work in progress so expect changes (ie. Improvements) as I go. Such is life. It will continue to be about and for writers, as well as reflecting more about what I find important in life including: photography, retreats, spiritual direction, expressive arts and simple living.


Always supportive of other writers, I’ve been inspired this year, by friends and family who are busy publishing books, writing blogs and generally creating a fabulous literary life for themselves while making a difference in this world. Check out After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next? By Joanne Moore. She is the publisher of Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey, a colleague and an extraordinary human bean who I’m proud to call my friend. My son, Adam von Gootkin’s book Living Proof: Onyx Moonshine's Journey to Revive the American Spirit is getting rave reviews. Here’s one from Small Business Trends:

One of the changes I’m planning is entry into the 21st century as my kids would say to me, and I have finally joined Facebook. I’ve finally filled in my profile on Linked in. I’m working on setting up Paypal so you can register for a retreat or buy a framed print or note cards with the click of a button. I even bought my first Amazon Fire at Christmas time (not that I plan to read books on it. I still want to feel those babies in my hand and hear the pages turn.) With a modicum of reluctance about it all, I move forward into 2016, fearless and hoping for the best. Change is inevitable isn’t it?


I’m hopeful that this site reflects more of my spiritual and creative work, and more of my passion for living a simple life. And more that readers might find useful. We’ll see where this goes. I look forward to the journey. Happy New Year !


















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