Author Archive | Kay Adams

December Poem of the Month: Anthem, Leonard Cohen

  excerpts from Anthem  The birds they sang at the break of day Start again I heard them say Don’t dwell on what has passed away or what is yet to be. Ah the wars they will be fought again The holy dove

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Manifesto

Week 46. Since the election I’ve been thinking about what I can do in my one small life that could help me speak truth to power. I’ve consolidated my first thoughts into a personal manifesto, and I’ve started taking small steps. I

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Friends

Week 45. One certain antidote to the “mulleygrubs” is basking in the safety and sustenance of old friends. I’ve spent nearly two weeks in the presence of philial love, first in New York City at the Expressive Therapies Summit with

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Loving-Kindness

  Week 44. Devastated by the unfolding reality on election night, I went to bed shortly after midnight still uncertain of the results. I had a scant few hours to sleep (although, as it turned out, I was sleepless) before arising

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Thirty-One

Week 43. On Saturday, Nov 5, I quietly celebrated the 31st anniversary of the debut of the Write On! (now Journal to the Self) class–the first domino. Let’s time-travel back to the year 1985.  (Where were you? What were you doing? How old were you?) I

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Awakening

Week 42. The Journal to the Self instructor certification training intensive happens twice a year, in March or April and October, always at the same place–the Loretto Center, a pleasant 20 minute drive down the road from where I live and work in west suburban Denver. It’s

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November Poem of the Month: Praise What Comes, Jeanne Lohmann

  There are poems that immediately bring me to tears. Much of this is the language, images, messages, beauty of an effective poem. And sometimes an even larger part is my personal history with the poem, the many circles I’ve sat in with the poem as my companion and co-facilitator, the embodied memories

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Chaos

Week 41. Some days it feels as if the entire world is on fire. U.S. politics in this election cycle have been an endurance marathon that have wearied, desensitized, or made hostile nearly everyone I know. I was surprised to learn that “election anxiety” is an

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Light

Week 40. Early last Tuesday, I emailed Brenda Hudson,  scheduled for a LIVE! with Kay call on the topic of Voiced Life, later that morning. “What a day to have a conversation about un-silencing voice,” I wrote. “Do you know about the #NotOkay Twitter phenomenon?”

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Miracle

Week 39. One year ago, my niece gave birth to a boy, 14 weeks prematurely. It was the first full day of the women’s writing retreat in Scotland, and a group of 17 women collectively held their breath and surrounded me with support as we wrapped

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