Poem of the Month: For a New Beginning, John O’Donohue

I adjourned the poetry therapy intensive on Friday. This poem is one we worked with during the week. It comes from John O’Donohue’s posthumously published book, To Bless the Space Between Us, and it is, like all others in the volume, a blessing poem. Think about a beginning, a fresh

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 3: Poetry

My landscape this week is the beautiful, serene grounds of Loretto Spirituality Center. With my colleagues Susan de Wardt and Linda Barnes, I am teaching a five-day poetry therapy intensive to eleven poetic souls, women who have traveled from all parts of Canada and the US to eat poetry and

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 2: Sunrise

My favorite time for summer walks at Crown Hill is 6:30 a.m., when the fresh new day brings Monet-like nuances of color and depth, the angle of the sun hits my sixth chakra, and I walk directly into the Light. It is my time for prayer and contemplation.

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 1: Walkabout

I live in a tiny, perfectly me-sized condo that I bought exclusively because of its natural amenities. I live happily with not enough closets or electrical outlets, a galley kitchen, and one bathroom because it’s like living inside a little urban park.  Not only do all of

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Poem of the Month: A Spiral Notebook, Ted Kooser

July’s Poem of the Month is inspired by journals– our reason for coming together in community at the Journalverse. Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate 2004-06, is known for his accessible, folksy wisdom. He once said of his own work , “I write for other people with the hope that I can help

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Poem of the Month, June 2015: The Word, Tony Hoagland

Here’s a lovely June poem to help you “roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer….” (Nat King Cole, 1962). This is a perennial favorite in my poetry therapy groups. Enjoy! The Word Down near the bottom of the crossed-out list of things you have to do today, between “green

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Behind the Mic: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness

I first met Judy Reeves in the fall of 1992, when a San Diego-based group, Journal and Diary Enthusiasts (JADE) hosted a journal conference and invited me to keynote. Judy was the organizer of that conference, and I, having produced a journal conference the year

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Poem of the Month: Perfection Wasted, John Updike

The May poem of the month is dedicated to Journalverse friend Dale Swan, who in February shared her story of writing her memoir, My Life as Compost, as a final ode to her life. Dale lived with inoperable cancer since 2013 and died

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Kay’s Journal: Behind the Mic for Organic Marketing in a Digital Age

Ask the Experts, April 8, 2015 Organic Marketing in a Digital Age, with Mary Reynolds Thompson My friend and colleague Mary Reynolds Thompson and I were both raised up in old-school relationship marketing in the 1970s-80s, she as marketing director and branding expert for Harrod’s of London,

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April Poem of the Month: Celebrating National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! The Journalverse welcomes back Perie Longo, former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, CA and marriage/family therapist, registered poetry therapist, and author of four books of poetry (her latest, Baggage Claim, was published by WordTech Editions last year). Perie teaches privately and facilitates weekly poetry writing groups for Hospice and

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