Author Archive | Kay Adams

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

Week 37. A welcome respite with friends at an off-the-grid beach house in Sequim, Washington. Beach walks. Sunrise. Seals. Long gazes into calm water. Dolphins. Lapping waves. Crab boats. Buoys. Bridge–the card game, and the conjunction. Clam chowder. Casinos. No cell phone service. Ferry rides.

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October Poem of the Month: I, Too, Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was born and raised in the midwest at the cusp of the 20th century. He began writing poetry as a teen and published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues (Knopf, 1926), in which this poem was included, at the age of 24. “Hughes,

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Register!

Week 36. Even though I am back at work with purpose and focus, I’m still only working about 35-40 hours a week, which feels like semi-retirement. Some of my extra time is taken up with pottery (bliss!) and some with family and friends. Some is dedicated

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

Week 35. At the top of my September calendar I have written my intention for the month: Make better choices. I’m referring to the way I seem to have slipped slightly out of orbit with my fundamental choice to manage diabetes nutritionally, with minimum medication. I’m about 90% consistent with a

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Standing Still

Week 34. At least for those who live in the U.S., September 11, 2001 is a day that will live in cellular memory, probably until each of our deaths. Who among us doesn’t remember where they were and who they were with? My clock radio clicks

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill – Endings

Week 33. The calendar page turns; the season shifts. It is September. Summer is ending. Schedules are ahead, a return to structure and discipline, calendars, appointment books, airports, speeches, facilitation plans, PowerPoints, and an inevitable new work computer–I’ve put it off as long as I

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Breaking Silence

Week 32. It’s been four months since my last post, during which the final book in the 10-book expressive writing series–Your Brain on Ink, co-authored with the brilliant Deborah Ross –has been published. Journal Conference 2016, a magical experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains near

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September Poem of the Month: Hope it’s True by Denise Levertov

September 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed America forever. Although for most of us the trauma of that day has subsided, it’s unlikely that any of us will forget where we were, who we were with, and what we were doing when we watched

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Poem of the Month Aug 2016: Flounder, Natasha Trethewey

As keynote poet, Natasha Trethewey electrified the Journal Conference crowd with her incisive social commentary birthed from her perspective as a biracial (black social worker mother, white poetry professor father) woman and poet. This small story poem captures Natasha’s grace with metaphor and form.     Flounder Here, she

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July Poem of the Month: The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry

We live in ever more challenging times. Heartache abounds as the world collides into itself, guns more prevalent than roses, what divides us feeling more omnipresent and powerful than what unites us. Communities and families are broken apart by violence, grief, rage. A friend who works internationally tells me she is

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