About Barbara

Barbara’s Rambunctious Writing and other spontaneity workshops and retreats emerged from her decision to stop being a serious cookie! Seeking to crack the shell on her silliness Barbara entered comedy classes and was, with her classmates, gobsmacked at their creativity and wittiness.

Where did it come from? By using simple structures to give the left brain a holiday and practicing the comedy principles–saying YES to, instead of blocking, the offer of the moment–unexpected, unplanned, unknown, extraordinary, imaginative, words and ideas burst forth. Barbara’s writing, teaching and life changed.

For over 25 years her passion has been helping others practice “The Power of Now” through Rambunctious Writing and other avenues–while laughing a lot!

My Books

This spirited 71 year-old’s inspirational books, poems and songs embody a wealth of adventures with challenge, change, comedy. In her latest book, Love or Growth; Why Not Both?—A Woman’s Dilemma, Barbara “eloquently…

Courses

Barbara’s Rambunctious Writing and other spontaneity workshops and retreats emerged from her decision to stop being a serious cookie! Seeking to crack the shell on her silliness Barbara entered comedy classes and was…

Speaker

An internationally recognized author and sought-after speaker, Barbara encourages people to look afresh at their challenging circumstances, to reconceive their options, and say YES! to embracing, instead of resisting, life’s offers…

My Blog Space

2018 International Women’s Day

Greetings Special People From Both the Long Ago and Emerging Now! In recent years I’ve been mostly ‘out-of-sight-out-of-mind’ as my focus has been on undergoing and surviving what has been an exhausting, frustrating, scary journey-- punctuated with glimmers of Ah-ha!...

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The Man of Now – video poem

This is a reflection on the masculine/feminine balance in men AND women So off we creep with a crash and carry, nimble-footed plan, not exactly finding the willing, perfect man who can join the women wanting wishful, wise results, the males are too much sinking in...

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MY Afghanistan

Savor a glimpse of pre-9/11 Afghanistan, a land of human warmth, harsh beauty, passion, rich culture and humor that completely captured my imagination as an adventuring 25 year old in 1970.   Background: In the early 1970’s young people flocked in all sorts of...

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Stop Trying To Bend Life To Our Will

A Timely Reminder from the Persian Mystic, Rumi.   I’m sharing this page from Alana Fairchild’s “RUMI ORACLE” because it so eloquently expresses what I feel many of us are learning--the necessity to allow life to live the journey rather than trying to bend it to...

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Why Play is Powerful

It’s been a long journey from multiple sclerosis to writing articles about the power and joy of play.  Lightheartedness was beyond imagination in those dark days when I could barely trudge up my front steps, felt isolated in my confusion and fear, and grieved the loss...

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Moving house? Sing this song.

Lots of house moves inspired my parody song. If you're moving house, I'm sure you'll relate and you, too, can sing it to the tune of "My Favorite Things". Moving House - "My Favorite Things" Rooms full of boxes and wide ranging clutter All that I do makes it worse and...

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Origins of Rambunctious Writing

"Will a Rambunctious Writing Workshop be suitable for my unique needs and background?" people ask.  Absolutely! No Question! Guaranteed! No matter whether you've got a formal, spattered or non-existent writing background. When we forsake the learned, formulaic ways,...

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One Response to Earth Trashing

Published Tweed Valley Weekly Oct 10, 2012 Desperation about the CSG situation creates a desire in me—a life-long “good-girl”–to do something drastic against those responsible for this violence. Yet to return one violence with another only results in escalation and...

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2018 International Women’s Day- Greetings Special People From Both the Long Ago and Emerging Now! In recent years I’ve been mostly ‘out-of-sight-out-of-mind’ as my focus has been on undergoing and surviving what has been an exhausting, frustrating, scary journey--… Read more
The Man of Now – video poem- This is a reflection on the masculine/feminine balance in men AND women So off we creep with a crash and carry, nimble-footed plan, not exactly finding the willing, perfect man who can join the women… Read more
MY Afghanistan- Savor a glimpse of pre-9/11 Afghanistan, a land of human warmth, harsh beauty, passion, rich culture and humor that completely captured my imagination as an adventuring 25 year old in 1970.   Background: In the… Read more
Stop Trying To Bend Life To Our Will- A Timely Reminder from the Persian Mystic, Rumi.   I’m sharing this page from Alana Fairchild’s “RUMI ORACLE” because it so eloquently expresses what I feel many of us are learning--the necessity to allow life to… Read more
Why Play is Powerful- It’s been a long journey from multiple sclerosis to writing articles about the power and joy of play.  Lightheartedness was beyond imagination in those dark days when I could barely trudge up my front steps,… Read more
Moving house? Sing this song.- Lots of house moves inspired my parody song. If you're moving house, I'm sure you'll relate and you, too, can sing it to the tune of "My Favorite Things". Moving House - "My Favorite Things"… Read more
Written in the Stars: Interview in Sunshine Coast’s My Weekly Preview, September 2016- Interview in Sunshine Coast: My Weekly Preview, September 2016 Read more
Origins of Rambunctious Writing- "Will a Rambunctious Writing Workshop be suitable for my unique needs and background?" people ask.  Absolutely! No Question! Guaranteed! No matter whether you've got a formal, spattered or non-existent writing background. When we forsake the… Read more
Award Winning Parody Song – Don’t Frack with Us Gas Companies- Barbara and Chris Degenhardt's winning parody song at the 2012 Lismore CSG Idol. Tune: Don’t Cry for Me Argentina It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange When we try to explain how we feel… Read more
One Response to Earth Trashing- Published Tweed Valley Weekly Oct 10, 2012 Desperation about the CSG situation creates a desire in me—a life-long “good-girl”–to do something drastic against those responsible for this violence. Yet to return one violence with another… Read more