Author Archive | Kay Adams

Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Identity Crisis

Week 27. In 1982, after the sudden and traumatic death of my husband when I was 31 and he was 35, I filed a legal name change to reclaim my birth name. I appeared before a judge at a hearing, and without

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

Week 26. The Big Thaw begins; temperatures are milder, days  are longer, sun is brighter, snow and ice are disappearing. Here in Denver we take for granted that the propensity toward sunny days will clear streets and landscapes quickly, just like we take

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Poem of the Month, Feb 2016: i carry your heart, E.E. Cummings

(Source:  The Poetry Foundation’s biography.) The remarkable  E.E. Cummings (1894-1962) experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 25: Crossroads

Week 25. Frigid and windy this morning; I cut my walk short by half due to insufficient layers. It was isolated on the windswept plains, the occasional dog romping in the snow with a human attached, but very few walkers. And no

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 24: Homecoming

Week 24. Last October 6, while I was ensconced with seventeen women at the Scotland writing retreat, my niece Ricki gave premature birth to a tiny little boy who weighed less than two pounds. He was fourteen weeks early. His seventeen “aunties”

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 23: Serendipity

Week 23. My landscape this week is San Rafael CA, where I am attending a small gathering of business leaders in an intensive two-day brainstorming and support session. It’s led by leadership coach Robert MacPhee, who will be our guest at Journalverse’s

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Poem of the Month: Jan 2016: Prescription for the Disillusioned

Every year my soul sister, poetry therapist Wendi Kaplan of Alexandria, VA, circulates a New Year’s poem. This is her 2016 selection. I love it!    Prescription for the Disillusioned Come new to this day. Remove the rigid overcoat of experience, the notion of knowing, the beliefs that cloud

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 22: Transitioning

Week 22. Transitioning back to normal (what is normal now that I am not writing or editing a book?) begins with restoring morning walks. Between my 4 am starts to 15-hour writing days and the frigid cold of the past several weeks, I’ve

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 21: Celebrating

Week 21. The snow has melted, as has any last resistance to letting the book birth itself in one long easy continuous flow. My editor called this morning to say she completely loves it. The work is approaching completion. Tomorrow night I

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill 20: Pacing

Week 20.  This is my fifth week of immersion in the book. My landscape is the distance between my eyes and the laptop screen. If I gaze outward, I see snow filling my garden. My walks these days are the pacing

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