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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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Poem of the Day, April 28: Writing My Escape, Robb Jackson

Living on the Hurricane Coast contains poems, arranged in five sections, that stem from Robb Jackson’s transition from his northern roots to South Texas. The poems originate from Jackson’s daily journal writing and are informed by close observation of the place he called home, Corpus Christi and the surrounding Coastal

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Poem of the Day, April 27: Confronting Clutter, Carolyn Koehnline

Confronting Your Clutter is a collection of essays, poems, and exercises designed to decrease shame, increase inspiration, and get you unstuck. This book gently invites you to take a closer look at clutter, prepare for change, gather support, get out of your own way, learn to let go, and find

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Poem of the Day, April 26: Night Light, Kate Barnes

Pastoral, narrative, deliberately lyrical, the poetry of Kate Barnes is set solidly in the rural Maine countryside, and in the literary tradition in which she was raised (her father was Henry Beston, her mother Elizabeth Coatsworth). There she lives near the house that Beston made famous in Northern Farm,

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Poem of the Day, April 25: A Dozen Reasons to Give Up Haggling over the Price of Weavings, Roseann Lloyd

Because of the Light is by my poet-friend Roseann Lloyd, who I met through her wonderful book co-authored with Richard Solly, JourneyNotes: Writing for Recovery and Spiritual Growth. In this collection, Roseann enters the lives of people on several continents, then creates poems that balance and juxtapose northern and southern

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Kay’s Journal: Degas

I spent a sensuous and delicious morning with Edgar Degas last Friday. A beautifully curated collection, Degas: A Passion for Perfection is in town at the Denver Art Museum. I knew Degas from his ballet portraits and scenes, and some of his “women bathing’ pieces were ancillarily familiar.

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