Local author discusses ‘archetypal thinking’

Also, a listing of literary events and activities, as well as book releases

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:59 p.m.

Local author and former New School University professor Jennifer Van Bergen discusses “archetypal thinking,” 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Headquarters Library. Free.

Van Bergen taught the archetypal-thinking approach for writers in the Writing Program at the New School University in New York City from 1993 to 2003. Prior to that, she developed and taught the approach from 1983 to 1993 in her own business.

Her book “Archetypes for Writers: Using the Power of your Subconscious,” was published in 2006 by Michael Wiese Productions. Copies of her book will be available for purchase online and at the event.

Van Bergen is semi-retired and lives in Gainesville where she runs a small indoor/outdoor sanctuary for ferrets and cats under her nonprofit, the 12th Generation Institute, which is dedicated to promoting the principles of archetypal thinking.


■ Authors@UF: Judith W. Page discusses and reads from her work on gardens in literature and art, “Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England’s Disciples of Flora, 1780-1870” (co-author Elise L. Smith, art historian), 3 p.m. Wednesday, Smathers Library, room 1A, University of Florida. Free.

Page is director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, a professor of English and a Distinguished Teaching Scholar Affiliate, Center for Jewish Studies. Her book was recently released in paperback.


■ “Harmonizer”: Gainesville author Daniel Blumberg has published his first book, “Harmonizer” (Createspace, $16.79 paperback, or $3.99 ebook on Amazon), the first in a five-book series.

“Harmonizer” tells the story of Dan Corden, who, after an earthquake destroys his military school, discovers a beautiful extraterrestrial buried underneath the rubble with him. Aelita Godhes frees them, sparking a series of international incidents.

Blumberg is an avid fan of anime, fantasy and science fiction. He also enjoys reading scientific research. He lives with his wife in Gainesville, where he has gained the rank of master of knowledge in the Santa Fe College Society For NERDS and takes part in a weekly champions role-playing game.

Blumberg graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also has a State of Florida Law Enforcement Certificate.

■ “Buckingham County”: Patti Gallo, a former sheriff’s detective, has published a new mystery and detective novel, “Buckingham County” (Tate Publishing).

The book presents an interwoven story of seemingly separate events. Inside a holding cell at the U.S. Marshall’s Service, a homeless man awaits an appearance before a magistrate judge.

In Gainesville, a young attorney enters a federal courthouse expecting a routine appointment to represent an indigent man charged with bank robbery. In a small Florida Panhandle town, a beloved sheriff publicly protects the residents who have elected him into office and privately watches over a reclusive and mystical tribe of people.

The book is available at bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, and

Gallo, a former sheriff’s detective, is an investigator for a large law firm in North Central Florida.

■ “Attachment Parenting”: In her book, “Attachment Parenting: Advice, Tips and Solutions for Caring for Your Baby” (Ryland Peters and Small), Lacie Rader focuses on the how-to of attachment parenting and offers solutions that are gentle, natural and straightforward.

Rader, a teacher, reading specialist and mother living in Gainesville, uses her own experience as the mother of a high-need, highly-sensitive child, to provide down-to-earth, engaging and accessible advice for other child-centered attachment parents. She writes a blog ( and directs The Holding Hands Preschool in Athens, Ohio (opening in August 2014).


■ Talking Service: A reading and discussion program for veterans, their family and friends meets 7-8:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month, Beltram Peace Center, 1236 NW 18th Ave. (376-0044 or

■ The Book Rack Book Club: Meets 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. The Book Rack, 4936 NW 39th Ave. (224-3945)

■ Gainesville Poets & Writers: Meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Books-A-Million, 2601 NW 13th St.

■ Weekly Poetry Jam: Gainesville’s longest-running open poetry reading, 9 p.m. Thursdays, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. (373-0010,

■ Writer’s Alliance of Gainesville: Anyone interested in the written word is welcome; see for exact dates, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free.

■ Tempting Reads Book Club: Group meets 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month. Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry. Open to the public. (472-1135)


Celebrate Earth Day

■ LOVE the Earth: Children, tweens, and teens are invited to learn how to recycle everyday items into something new and useful. Participants will plant their own seedling, 3:30 a.m. Monday, Library Partnership.

■ Butterfly Release: Stories about butterflies will be read, then butterflies will be released in the courtyard, followed by a butterfly craft program, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Headquarters Library. For ages 3 to 11.

■ Get Wild on Earth Day: Learn about Florida’s natural wildlife with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, 3 p.m. Tuesday, High Springs Branch. Ages 5 to 11.

■ Greathouse Butterfly Farm: Learn all about butterflies with the Greathouse Butterfly Farm. See butterflies up close and learn more about life on a butterfly farm, 2 p.m. Saturday, Tower Road Branch. For ages 1 to 11.

Revel in spring and poetry

■ Poem in your Pocket Teens: Share your favorite poem or find a new one to carry in your pocket. Create your own poetry artwork to take home, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Millhopper Branch

■ Poem in Your Pocket Day: Children will select a poem, carry it with them and share it with others throughout the day, 2 p.m. Thursday, Cone Park Branch.

■ Poets and Writers Among Us: Poets and writers meet monthly to inspire and be inspired, adults, 4 p.m. Thursday, Alachua Branch

■ Poetry and Fiction: UF MFA@FLA reading: MFA@FLA reading from the Spring 2014 graduating class of poets and fiction writers, for adults, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Headquarters Library.

■ River of Words: Create a word collage to be displayed in the library and then create your own personal river of words collage to take home. Discover the book “A River of Words” by Jen Bryant to become inspired, 3 p.m. April 30, Hawthorne Branch. For ages 5 to 11.

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