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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March Poem of the Month: Female Comic Book Superheroes, Jeannine Hall Gailey

March’s Poem of the Month is an homage to one of the most mysterious, elegant, superheroic women I know, Carolyn Q. of Florida. Carolyn has been struggling with some health problems this year and I hereby invoke her superhero powers to recover her health and restore herself to full vitality!

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Greatest Hits: Storycatching, Christina Baldwin

In this top-download podcast from November 2014, Christina Baldwin, famous journal writing pioneer, spoke with me about Storycatching–why story matters, how to think about story, and how to find the threads of your own story. Christina is a pre-conference presenter at Journal Conference 2016, offering a three-hour workshop on Storycatching based on her

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

Week 28. I’ve been saying this for very many weeks, but it suddenly feels true: I am (finally) experiencing breakthrough! I have started to unwind from an unholy pile-up of deadline-driven work. Make no mistake: I’ve loved it all (well, all except

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Identity Crisis

Week 27. In 1982, after the sudden and traumatic death of my husband when I was 31 and he was 35, I filed a legal name change to reclaim my birth name. I appeared before a judge at a hearing, and without

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

Week 26. The Big Thaw begins; temperatures are milder, days  are longer, sun is brighter, snow and ice are disappearing. Here in Denver we take for granted that the propensity toward sunny days will clear streets and landscapes quickly, just like we take

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Poem of the Month, Feb 2016: i carry your heart, E.E. Cummings

(Source:  The Poetry Foundation’s biography.) The remarkable  E.E. Cummings (1894-1962) experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 25: Crossroads

Week 25. Frigid and windy this morning; I cut my walk short by half due to insufficient layers. It was isolated on the windswept plains, the occasional dog romping in the snow with a human attached, but very few walkers. And no

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 24: Homecoming

Week 24. Last October 6, while I was ensconced with seventeen women at the Scotland writing retreat, my niece Ricki gave premature birth to a tiny little boy who weighed less than two pounds. He was fourteen weeks early. His seventeen “aunties”

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