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Prompt Jar: Thanking our Veterans

When I was in my 20’s, I had a corporate communications job at an airline based out of Phoenix. A pilot at the airline, who was a Vietnam veteran, came up with the idea to fly 50 local vets –at no cost to them– to Washington D.C., to participate in

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Prompt Jar: PostSecret

In 2005, Frank Warren started an experiment by distributing postcards asking people to anonymously share their secrets with him. His experiment grew into a popular blog website called PostSecret. Every Sunday selected secrets that have been mailed anonymously to Warren on a homemade postcard are

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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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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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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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Prompt Jar, Week of August 29: Back to School

This week’s Prompt Jar is provided by Journalverse manager Lynn Southard. It’s that time of year when “Back to School” ads fill the flyers, along with hints of cool fall breezes during dusk and dawn. It’s an annual tradition for my family to do a weekend get-a-way right before school

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Prompt Jar, Week of April 11: Pioneering

The theme of Journal Conference 2016 is “Pioneering the Next 30 Years,” and we’re going to have an abundance of pioneers — past, present, and future — in attendance. One of them is Alexander Mimran, co-founder and CEO of Penzu digital journaling app and website. With nearly two million users

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Prompt Jar, Week of Mar 21: Spring!

Yesterday was the vernal equinox, one of two days of perfect balance in a year. Let’s write about spring! Mon, Mar 21 Where in your life do you feel in perfect balance? Tues, Mar 22 How do you know spring has come (or is well on its way)

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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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Prompt Jar: Jan 27-Feb 2

From our good friends at Holiday Insights come a selection of goofy holidays and celebrations to provide inspiration for this week’s prompts. Let the wild rumpus begin!   Mon, Jan 27: Punch the Clock Day Today check in with your schedule or calendar. What’s your overall balance?  Where are your

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