Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Patricia Crisafulli is a New York Times Bestselling Author and an award-winning fiction writer.

She has tried-and-true advice for starting the “new year off WRITE” — pursuing creative goals that enhance and enrich our lives.

In previous weeks here on Jersey Magazine, we’ve spoken with former MLB manager Clint Hurdle and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Laura Gassner Otting about their tips for managing New Year’s Resolutions and this morning we add Patricia to the fold.

With a decision to return to school for her Master’s degree at the age of 52, Patricia opened up doors to a whole new part of her life that has proved to be both personally and professional rewarding.

Patricia and Jim Monaghan talk about how to turn on your own creativity in the New Year.


Among Patricia Crisafulli’s tips

  • MAP IT OUT – Experts frequently talk about the power of declaring our intentions – putting goals in writing, etc. Tricia adds a twist to that with a CREATIVE MAP! A visual that connects the dots to wherever you are right now , to wherever you want to be this year.
  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT’S ALREADY ON YOUR MAP – No matter how new or different our goals and dreams may seem – or how much of a stretch they are from our daily lives — chances are we have already taken some steps toward them. We just need to look back with discernment to find those encouraging connections. For example – one aspiring writer in her 60s shared with Tricia how she remembered loving writing back in high school–and that connection put her dream to start writing a memoir “on the map.”
  • FIND PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU ON YOUR OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY – As you follow your Creative Map, be open to people, places, and experiences that enrich the journey – and foster greater discovery. The next sign you see on a bulletin board just may lead to the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  For Tricia, it was a random postcard that arrived in the mail that ultimately led to an MFA degree in creative writing, the Distinguished Thesis Award … and her first novel!

Learn more about Patricia (and maybe even contribute to her website) at

  • Rock N Ruff

    Greetings my animal-loving rock friends! (and Rock N’ Ruff supporters)

    It’s Terrie Carr and I am so thrilled to bring Teddy and Harvey to WDHA’s Rock N’ Ruff this week!

    These dogs are exceptional, with the most lovely dispositions, kind hearts, the ability to get along with everyone, and faces that will melt your heart.

    Please check out their video and see how loving and amazing they are (and a guest appearance from Rock N’ Ruffer Franklin who was a part of the studio audience …lol…he’s so cute!)

    Teddy and Harvey are from The Gingerbread House Rescue and Sanctuary  Gingerbread House Website – which we have been featuring for the past few weeks, highlighting the incredible small, senior, dogs they have available for adoption and the great work that they do.  And for info on adopting Teddy and Harvey, you can fill out an application right here! Gingerbread Application

    Teddy and Harvey are purebred Pekinese babies and are a bonded pair and must be adopted together. Unfortunately, their owner passed away and these sweet pups are looking for a second chance at a family and have SO much love to give.  I loved having them at the station! They are housebroken, well-behaved, and mellow, but still love to play and get along with other animals just fine. And they love to cuddle and give kisses, they are so affectionate. The Gingerbread House is committed to the care of their pups, so Teddy and Harvey have been fully vetted and are ready to go! Read more about Gingerbread House here WDHA Story on Gingerbread House     

    And follow the WDHA Rock N’ Ruff page for all of our featured adoptable WDHA’s Rock N’ Ruff page

    and my Rock N’ Ruff Roundtable too TC’s RNR Roundtable

    Thanks for supporting our animal rescue initiative for close to 14 years! And, thank you as always to Gingerbread Rescue.

    Opt To Adopt!

  • Coach Sheets' Ride In

    Jeremy Sheetinger is the head baseball coach at Georgia Gwinnett College where he led the Grizz Gang to the 2021 NAIA National Championship.

    These quick hits may, on the surface, be geared toward his fellow baseball coaches, but his motivational message can easily be applied to the classroom, workplace, and your personal relationships.

    This week, Coach Sheets talks about those days when your A Game just isn’t there.

  • Local Look

    Looking for something fun to do in the area? Chris Swendeman has you covered with this week’s Local Look.

    There are always so many fun events happening in our local communities.  Check out what’s in store for this week in New Jersey.

    • Roar into the festivities of the Chinese New Year celebration for the majestic year of the Dragon at American Dream in East Rutherford. There will be traditional Lunar New Year folk dances and witness the elegance of a Chinese costume show. The event takes place today from 2 to 4 PM.
    • The Great Swamp has a sweet event going on today where you can attend a maple sugaring demonstration. Learn everything from identifying to making real maple syrup. The event is held entirely outdoors, so make sure you dress for the weather. The event is held later today from 2:30 to 3:30 PM.
    • And now through March 3, you could stop by West Orange for their classic film festival, returning for its 18th year. You can watch all different types of classic movies right where Thomas Edison invented them. Tickets are just $15 per screening and you can find more info at the 2024 West Orange Classic Film Festival on


    And that’s your Local Look for this week on The Jersey Magazine.  If you’d like your event to be featured on The Local Look, you can email us at [email protected].  See you next week on 105.5 WDHA.

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