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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 16: Summit

The word summit has two meanings: the highest point, or a meeting of leaders. Sometimes a gathering of leaders also represents the apex of an upward climb, and that’s what the 2015

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 15: Home

In the early summer of 1959, my family moved from Utah to the western suburbs of Denver. There was a park with craggy bluffs and a wide  creek at the end of our street. I thought all kids grew up with wilderness at the end of their streets. Cottonwood trees

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November Poem of the Month: As Moths to Light, Vanessa Jackson

This month’s poem is an unpublished beauty from my friend Vanessa Jackson, best known for her short stories (Small Displacements,  What I Cannot Say to You) and novels (The Anthropologist’s Daughter, The Revolving Year) but also an accomplished poet. It’s for all of us who

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 14: Returning

My landscape is once again familiar and dear. Three weeks away has cleared cobwebs from my mind, soul, and spirit. I loved every moment of my UK adventure (well, maybe except for that one hotel room), down to the very last day, when Mary Reynolds Thompson and I taught “Writing

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 13: Switzie

My near-fortnight on the Isle of Cumbrae came to a gentle release last Friday, when we unwound the circle and (nearly) all hopped on the same ferry to the mainland, where we boarded the train to Glasgow Central train station, then

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October Poem of the Month: I Want to Write Something So Simply, Mary Oliver

This month’s poem of the month comes from Mary Oliver, a remarkable poet whohas won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry. She is well-known for her nature images, her simple yet powerful language, and the spirituality that weaves its way

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 12: Isle of Cumbrae

The Isle of Cumbrae is surrounded by the Firth of Clyde, Ballochmartin Bay, and various other bodies of water that eventually merge with the Atlantic Ocean. It is a lovely ecosystem with delightful and often sudden changes in mood. “Ay, there’s a change comin’ in,” the locals will say with

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 11: Scotland

My landscape today is the gorgeous Isle of Cumbrae off the coast of Glasgow. My journey to this moment started Sunday afternoon, when I flew to Reykjavik for a

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 10: Coyote

I am sometimes accompanied on my walks by a coyote, and a few times his mate has been with him. The animals have never been aggressive, although they are watchful. Sometimes we surprise each other at a trail intersection. We both freeze, and then I relax and wait for Coyote to

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SAVE THE DATE! Oct 17: For our British Friends!

For our British members and friends! A special invitation from Kay Adams I will be in Salisbury, England on Saturday, October 17, for an all-day workshop with my friend and colleague Mary Reynolds Thompson (a Londoner now making her home and doing her work in Marin County CA, across the

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