Poem of the Month, November: Praise Song, Barbara Crooker

Here we are in November, the transition month between autumn and winter, the month of generosity, gratitude, and abundance. Let us  sing praises!   Praise Song Praise the light of late November, the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones. Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees; though

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Book News! Expressive Writing: Classroom and Community

The next volume in the It’s Easy to W.R.I.T.E. series is published. I was honored to edit Expressive Writing: Classroom and Community available at Amazon. In this remarkable collection, 11 experts from education and community service join to offer compelling guidance on applied practice. You’ll discover [ul style=”1″] [li]a model for

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Poem of the Month, Oct 2014: Autumn, Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s been nearly six weeks since my mom died. The season has turned; the Colorado aspen are bright golden and the maples and honey locusts and elms are starting to decorate my garden with their colorful leaves. The initial feeling of spinning in space has yielded to a quiet, almost

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Poem of the Month, Sept 2014: In Blackwater Woods, Mary Oliver

  The poem of the month for September is dedicated to my sweet mom, who peacefully passed away on August 22 at the age of 91. My two sisters and I were with her. As it always does in difficult times, poetry came to me and walked beside me. The

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Kay’s Journal: 11 Ways to Get Out of Your Head

Last week’s Women’s Circle, Women’s Story writing retreat was a deep dive into healing of body, psyche,and spirit for the nine brave souls who “risk(ed) everything for the raw recipe of (their) passion” (from the poem “Pumpernickel” by Philip Schultz). One morning, in our

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Poem of the Month Aug 2014: Philosophy in Warm Weather, Jane Kenyon

Philosophy in Warm Weather Now all the doors and windows are open, and we move so easily through the rooms. Cats roll on the sunny rugs, and a clumsy wasp climbs the pane, pausing to rub a leg over her head. All around physical life reconvenes. The molecules of our

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From Kay’s Journal: In the landscape of my soul… A group poem

Yesterday at the Journalverse our LIVE! with Kay guest was Mary Reynolds Thompson, talking about  how the landscapes of the natural world are archetypes for our inner landscapes. She led us on a magnificent three-part write that culminated in a round of profound sharing,

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Poem of the Month, July 2014: Vacation, Rita Dove

Vacation I love the hour before takeoff, that stretch of no time, no home but the gray vinyl seats linked like unfolding paper dolls. Soon we shall be summoned to the gate, soon enough there’ll be the clumsy procedure of row numbers and perforated stubs—but for now I can look

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From Kay’s Journal: Sounding Off on Amazon

I’m spending this weekend as substitute caregiver for my 91-year-old mom (she lives with my sister) and my two teenaged nephews while the usual adults are away. Mom is increasingly frail in body and memory, although there’s nothing wrong with her mind – she does a cryptogram and crossword puzzle

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Poem of the Month, June 2014: Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Dedicated to a phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou, 1928-2014 Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of

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