Author Archive | Kay Adams

Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Breaking Silence

Week 32. It’s been four months since my last post, during which the final book in the 10-book expressive writing series–Your Brain on Ink, co-authored with the brilliant Deborah Ross –has been published. Journal Conference 2016, a magical experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains near

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September Poem of the Month: Hope it’s True by Denise Levertov

September 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed America forever. Although for most of us the trauma of that day has subsided, it’s unlikely that any of us will forget where we were, who we were with, and what we were doing when we watched

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Poem of the Month Aug 2016: Flounder, Natasha Trethewey

As keynote poet, Natasha Trethewey electrified the Journal Conference crowd with her incisive social commentary birthed from her perspective as a biracial (black social worker mother, white poetry professor father) woman and poet. This small story poem captures Natasha’s grace with metaphor and form.     Flounder Here, she

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July Poem of the Month: The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry

We live in ever more challenging times. Heartache abounds as the world collides into itself, guns more prevalent than roses, what divides us feeling more omnipresent and powerful than what unites us. Communities and families are broken apart by violence, grief, rage. A friend who works internationally tells me she is

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June Poem of the Month: Variation on a Theme by Rilke, Denise Levertov

The Poem of the Month for June was gifted to me by my business coach, Leia Francisco, after the Journal Conference. She said it seemed to speak to what I might be feeling at the end of a magical, meaningful event–a portal into my next phase of life and work, the

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Roots

Week 31. April’s trickster energy did not abate, and I’ve spent most of the month feeling as if I’ve fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole, where nothing is as it seems and everything has two faces. I comfort myself with assurances that this, too, shall

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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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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Discombobulation

Week 30. April so far has been a month of switchbacks, U-turns, and generalized mild chaos — a bad April Fool’s Day that has lasted a whole week. The Trickster energy that has been afoot has left me a bit discombobulated, a

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April Poem of the Month: Questions Before Dark, Jeanne Lohmann

The Poem of the Month for April celebrates both National Poetry Month and also our upcoming Ask the Experts with poet and poetry therapist Wendi Kaplan, whose topic is Live the Questions (also the topic of her workshop at Journal Conference 2016). Questions Before Dark Day ends, and before

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Kay’s Journal: A Year At Crown Hill: Shifty

Week 29. And now for something completely different. Moe’s Bar was a place where shifty people gathered to do shifty things. That’s the opening voiceover for the short film my nephew Tom was shooting over the weekend. Tom is a student at CU-Denver’s film

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