By Kara L.C. Jones

News Notes:

As always there are many announcements from the KotaPress front. We hope you will find these helpful, and feel free to contact us via email at or via phone at 206-297-1012 if you need further information.

»» October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. In 1988, President Regan made it official. Buy or make yourself a blue & yellow ribbon pin to wear next to that pink Breast Cancer Awareness pin. When people ask what the blue & yellow ribbon means— Tell Them!! Tell them about your child, your grandchild, your nephew or niece, your friend’s child, any child who left this world all too soon. This isn’t our grandparents day and age, folks. Pregnancy & Infant Loss isn’t a “hushed-tones” subject anymore. Speak up. Help heal the grief!

»» October 11th, 2000, at 7 p.m. KotaPress offers the Expanding Poetry class, facilitated by Kara L.C. Jones, hosted in the Seattle Area. Cost is $35 and pre-registration is required. Fee includes workbook. Call 206-297-1012 to register today.

»» October 20th, 2000, at 7 p.m. we invite you to join us from 7 to 10 p.m. for a KotaPress reading and KotaPress Anthology Vol 1, No 1 release party! Admission is $4 and gives you a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of our 9 prizes! We will be featuring Nancy Talley, Sandra Bailey, Carla Griswold, Tim Hulley, Marika Thompson, Dana Gerringer, and Heidi Sauer. And we will be celebrating El Dia de los Muertos that night, too! Bring your poetry ears and join us! A portion of the proceeds go toward the Mrs.Duck Project.

»» If you can't make it to the October 20th reading, we have another way for you to support the Mrs. Duck Project. 10% of any purchase you make from Mary Kay representative Bonnie Hallock will be put toward the Mrs. Duck Project! We are so honored to have this generosity from Bonnie, and we wanted all of you to know how to participate. Go to Bonnie's Mary Kay site at and order away-- IMPORTANT: There is a place on the online order form to put a message, and you must put KOTAPRESS in there so she knows it's a Mrs. Duck order. Bonnie can take check or money order for any amount, and she can take Visa/MC for orders over $60. She can also take for orders. If you have further questions, feel free to send her an email from her site at (In the spirit of fairness, Bonnie can only accept orders from patrons who do not currently have a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. Thank you for understanding.)

»» Around the time of our American Halloween, there is also a traditional Mexican holiday called El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is a beautiful holiday. We encourage you to learn more about this holiday, especially if you are grieving the loss of a child Try taking a look at to learn more. We at KotaPress have found this celebration to be very comforting and have done our best to encourage a healing of grief through knowledge and celebration of this holiday.

»» Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at Experience Music Project you're invited to join Providence Hospice of Seattle for a once-in-a-lifetime Concert featuring singer and songwriter Cindy Bullens. Cindy Bullens, esteemed songwriter and former back-up singer for Elton John, released her album "Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth" last year, celebrating the life of her 11-year-old daughter Jessie, who was taken from us too soon. Tickets are $50 each. For ticket information, call (206) 320-7444 or email

»» November 8th, 2000, at 7 p.m. KotaPress offers the BodyWrites! class, facilitated by Hawk & Kara Jones, hosted in the Seattle area. Cost is $35 and pre-registration is required. Fee included workbook and materials. Call 206-297-1012 to register today.

»» Children’s Memorial Day happens on the second Sunday of each and every December. At 7 p.m. (PST) that night, families around the world will light candles in honor and memory of their children. Contact you local grief support organizations to see where and when they are holding their Memorial Service. If they are not offering a Memorial Service this year, offer to help them organize one for next year. The memory of our children’s lives and deaths is worth this kind of celebration!

»» Coming Soon: KotaPress online will soon host a full online eStore for our customers! You will be able to make credit card purchases without leaving our secure website. This means no more hassles with those other online bookstores. The eStore will offer all our cd and book titles for sale as well as some of our newest, handmade books and cards. Also, look for online classes to be available whenever you purchase one of our new workbooks!

»» KotaPress offers an online eNewsletter free upon request. If you wish to subscribe, please email us at asking for a subscription. (We do not sell our mailing list to third parties— we will use your address ONLY to contact you directly.)

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