October Poem of the Month: I Want to Write Something So Simply, Mary Oliver

This month’s poem of the month comes from Mary Oliver, a remarkable poet whohas won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry. She is well-known for her nature images, her simple yet powerful language, and the spirituality that weaves its way

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 12: Isle of Cumbrae

The Isle of Cumbrae is surrounded by the Firth of Clyde, Ballochmartin Bay, and various other bodies of water that eventually merge with the Atlantic Ocean. It is a lovely ecosystem with delightful and often sudden changes in mood. “Ay, there’s a change comin’ in,” the locals will say with

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 11: Scotland

My landscape today is the gorgeous Isle of Cumbrae off the coast of Glasgow. My journey to this moment started Sunday afternoon, when I flew to Reykjavik for a

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Digital Journaling: The Paper!

What is digital journaling? (Okay, I’ll tell you: It’s writing on a keyboard instead of by hand). Who does it? How well does it work? Do men write journals digitally? Do women? Does typing your journal offer similar benefits to writing it by hand? What can digital journaling offer therapists,

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Journal Conference Call for Proposals

We’re inviting proposals for 90-minute workshops at Journal Conference 2016: Pioneering the Next 30 Years, to be held May 19-22, Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville (near Asheville), NC. The conference celebrates Kay Adams’ 30 years as a pioneer of the journal therapy/therapeutic writing movement, as well as the completion and official

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 10: Coyote

I am sometimes accompanied on my walks by a coyote, and a few times his mate has been with him. The animals have never been aggressive, although they are watchful. Sometimes we surprise each other at a trail intersection. We both freeze, and then I relax and wait for Coyote to

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SAVE THE DATE! Oct 17: For our British Friends!

For our British members and friends! A special invitation from Kay Adams I will be in Salisbury, England on Saturday, October 17, for an all-day workshop with my friend and colleague Mary Reynolds Thompson (a Londoner now making her home and doing her work in Marin County CA, across the

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill Week 9: Geese

I began daily walking at Crown Hill in the early summer of 2012. I was several days into a summer sabbatical to write/edit the first books of the expressive writing series, and I was already fighting down panic. The task was simply enormous. I was overwhelmed. One day just past

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 8: Barbeque

If I could continue walking into the sun, I would not turn around when I got to the Mausoleum but instead would walk right through the chain link fence dividing Crown Hill park from Crown Hill cemetary, keep walking straight for another mile or so (yes, the cemetary is a full

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Poem of the Month: Landscape by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is surely one of America’s favorite poets–a Google search on “Mary Oliver poetry” brings up nearly 2 million pages! In poetry therapy circles, she is one of the most consistently referenced poets for her

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