How to Negotiate With Aggressive Communicators

by Tracy Shawn, M.A. (Please Note: This post was first published with under the title "Positive Ways to Negotiate With Bullies.") One of the definitions for “bully” in the … [Read more...]

How to Be a Better Person in One Day

By Tracy Shawn, M.A. author      There’s a very easy practice that is beneficial for your health, pocketbook, lowers your overall carbon footprint—and can also be considered an … [Read more...]

Three Quick Remedies to Reduce Anxiety

First Published with The Change Blog: under title: "Three Easy Ways to Tame Anxiety" by Tracy Shawn, M.A. In the past, I felt as if anxiety were a force that could never … [Read more...]

How to Share Negative Emotions and Why it’s Good for Your Emotional Health

  Please note: this article was first published on under the title: "How to Safely Communicate Negative Emotions" By Tracy Shawn, MA, author of "The Grace of … [Read more...]

Book Club Questions for “The Grace of Crows”

Discussion Questions The Grace of Crows by Tracy Shawn 1. Empathy is a theme throughout the narrative of THE GRACE OF CROWS --- not just empathy toward family, but also empathy toward … [Read more...]

The Care and Feeding of an Author

First published on on March 2, 2016  by Tracy Shawn as interviewed by author and editor Colleen M. Story  A while back I ran into my first writing teacher and made sure … [Read more...]

The Healing Power of Fiction

| Tracy Shawn, MA | First Published with Psychology Tomorrow Magazine as a main essay on August 2014 - Issue 13 | INTERVIEW WITH: LUCY HORNER, AUTHOR OF TOLSTOY THERAPY: A FICTION … [Read more...]

Small Victories (How Cleaning can Increase Emotional Health)

by Tracy Shawn, MA, author of “The Grace of Crows” The other day, I found myself lying under my bed with rag in hand wiping away the remains of dreaded dust bunnies—and this was after I pushed the … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Get Your Joy Back!

Please note: this article was originally published on PsychCentral (August 25, 2015) under the title: "3 Ways to Increase Adult Happiness" By Tracy Shawn, MA, author of award-winning novel "The Grace … [Read more...]

SlingShot Art Studio and Gallery: Selling Collectible Art at Reasonable Prices

(Please note: that this was first published on on 9/23/15 under the title: "SlingShot Gallery Artists to Show Work at UCSB's College of Creative Studies.")   Founded in the … [Read more...]