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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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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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In memory of poet Galway Kinnell, 1927-2014

The poet Galway Kinnell has died. An Irishman who was born and lived in New England, his poetic voice was musical, lyrical, and uplifting. His body of work included more than a dozen books of poetry, a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. According to NPR, Galway Kinnell in

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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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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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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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From Kay’s Journal: The Tight Fists of Peonies

  This morning, the tight fists of the peonies are getting ready to break my heart as the sun rises, as the sun strokes them with his old buttery fingers…. –Mary Oliver, Peonies   It’s been a chilly spring in the Rockies with tumultuous weather (snow on my mid-May birthday!

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From Kay’s Journal: A Well-Worn Peace

Thirty-one years ago tonight, September 10, 1982, a Friday, I entered the lobby of Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colorado,  where I had been a congregant for not quite five weeks, clutching my tattered spiral notebook journal tightly to my chest.  I was about to enter the sanctuary (along with

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From Kay’s Journal: Women’s Circle, Women’s Story

I just adjourned the 2013 women’s writing retreat, a five-day immersion into Self in a beautiful, simple retreat setting.  This year I did the “Women’s Circle, Women’s Story” format that I’ve used over time. It’s pretty timeless — circle and story are two ancient forms of knowing, and writing is

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