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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Prompt Jar: The Human Family Commercial

  Have you seen the iPhone commercial with the voice-over by the late Maya Angelou reciting her poem The Human Family? The combination of her distinctive voice, words, beautiful images and the music stops me dead in my tracks when it comes on the TV.  It’s the muse for this week’s prompt jar:

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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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The Prompt Jar: Banned Book Week and the First Amendment

Yes, people still try to ban books and honestly, it makes me mad and laugh at the same time. Banned Books Week is an annual campaign, held the last week of September, and hosted by the good folks at the American Library Association.  The campaign is designed to build awareness

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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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Prompt Jar, Week of September 12 – Giving Sorrow Words

This week’s prompts arose from  Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace, edited by Karen vanMeenen and Charles Rossiter, with a preface from our own Kay Adams.  It was compiled, produced, and distributed free of charge by the National Association for Poetry Therapy (Kay was president at the time) to

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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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