Author Archive | Kay Adams

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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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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