Kay’s Journal: June Q&A with Kay

I tried Alphapoems but I didn’t like the technique very much because it was hard to make it rhyme and have decent rhythm when I was constrained by the next letter of the phrase staring at me. Am I doing something wrong? — Confused Alphapoet Dear Confused —

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Poem of the Month: What is Peace, Kett Murphy

I took a small staycation last week and worked from home part-time and spent time catching up with my own life part-time. Included among my catch-up activities was binge-watching the entire first season of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. Not exactly relaxing, but urgent and necessary anyway. However fictionalized, it

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Prompt Jar: Synchronicity

See Kay’s Journal (blog) for the inspiration for this Prompt Jar, and join us for her LIVE! With Kay conversation on Thursday, June 7  at 1PT, 2MT, 3CT, 4ET. Guest is Dr. James Pennebaker and the conversation will be centered around how we can extend the findings

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Kay’s Journal: Synchronicity and Dr. Pennebaker

The new Journal of Specialists in Group Work came yesterday and I picked it up with the passing thought, “Maybe there will be something in here for my blog.” A quick scan of the contents table didn’t seem to offer much in the way of blog material, so

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Kay’s Journal: Fairy Gardens

One of my favorite springtime rituals is inviting the neighborhood children to plant their own “gardens” in the big pots that adorn the gate to my patio and flower garden. This year I had a team of three — two four-year-olds and a two-and-a-half-year-old. A younger brother, about

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Kay’s Journal: Pencils for My Birthday

  The merry month of May is my birthday month (the 12th), Mother’s Day (I was born on Mother’s Day!), and now the birthday (May 7th) of our family’s newest addition, Elam James Schroeder, son of my niece Kelly and her husband Jeremy. So far Elam is a

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Poem of the Month: Peonies, Mary Oliver

May is my favorite month, both because it’s my birthday month (the 12th!) and because of flowers, buds, new leaves and warm sun. Heat comes on quickly in Colorado, so May is a welcome bridge into full-on summer. May is also the month

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Kay’s Journal: Lala Land

  I’m home from the second annual Los Angeles Expressive Therapies Summit. Barry Cohen, the organizer of both this Summit and the autumn one in NYC, has an uncanny ability to gather vast crowds; this conference had more than 600 therapists in all facets of expressive therapies and

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Poem of the Day, April 30: The Tiniest of Prayers, Patricia Monaghan

In Prayers to Protest: Poems That Center & Bless Us, there are rants and protests. But mostly, there are poems, however you might label them, that have centered and blessed those who penned them. There are paradise islands here upon which to get lost and found again. These subjects

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Poem of the Day, April 29: Joseph, Diane Procter Reeder

A Diary of Joseph imagines the journey of this biblical patriarch’s struggles and joys as he walks a strange, difficult, and ultimately victorious journey. At the same time, it parallels the story of a family in a life-or-death struggle of their own. It is a story of faithfulness for those

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