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Poem of the Month: Jan 2016: Prescription for the Disillusioned

Every year my soul sister, poetry therapist Wendi Kaplan of Alexandria, VA, circulates a New Year’s poem. This is her 2016 selection. I love it!    Prescription for the Disillusioned Come new to this day. Remove the rigid overcoat of experience, the notion of knowing, the beliefs that cloud

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 22: Transitioning

Week 22. Transitioning back to normal (what is normal now that I am not writing or editing a book?) begins with restoring morning walks. Between my 4 am starts to 15-hour writing days and the frigid cold of the past several weeks, I’ve

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 21: Celebrating

Week 21. The snow has melted, as has any last resistance to letting the book birth itself in one long easy continuous flow. My editor called this morning to say she completely loves it. The work is approaching completion. Tomorrow night I

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill 20: Pacing

Week 20.  This is my fifth week of immersion in the book. My landscape is the distance between my eyes and the laptop screen. If I gaze outward, I see snow filling my garden. My walks these days are the pacing

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

  Week 19 I’ve turned a corner. I’m writing faster. The book is taking shape. Inside my head it’s less like bumper cars, all chaos and colliding ideas, and more like an orderly intersection with four-way stop signs. I’m walking this week, the snowy path rather than the lake path.

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December Poem of the Month: Winter Trees, William Carlos Williams

Enjoy this lovely poem from William Carlos Williams, an early 20th century poet who, with Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), and others, formed the core of what became the Imagist movement. From  the Poetry Foundation: “While correlative revolutionary movements had begun in painting (Cezanne), music (Stravinsky),

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

  Week 18 My landscape this week is internal. I have sequestered myself until the winter solstice, when Your Brain on Ink is midwifed into the world.  Writing is like this for me: I must immerse, sit, “stare at a blank page until drops

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LIVE! with Kay: Reflections on 30 Years (Kay Adams and Kate Thompson)

November’s LIVE! with Kay was a switch of the microphones: Kate Thompson interviewed me on my reflections at my 30th anniversary of my first Journal to the Self (then Write On!) workshop. I admit to being surprised at some of the turns the discussion took. The hour before the call,

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Kay’s Journal: Year at Crown Hill, Week 17: Lift-off

It is the week I have been anticipating for months, the week that has made me apprehensive, the week that my task is to take stacks of paper and craft them into a workbook. It is the week that I complete my finished first draft of Your Brain

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 16: Summit

The word summit has two meanings: the highest point, or a meeting of leaders. Sometimes a gathering of leaders also represents the apex of an upward climb, and that’s what the 2015

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