Kay’s Journal: Best of 2018

Hi, I’m Kay Adams. Here’s what I’m thinking about this week.

This is a bittersweet blog: The last of Journalverse as we have known it 2013-2018.  As closure, I’ll reintroduce you to three blogs that I found particularly important this year.

Jan 16 – Naps and Snacks

Although I didn’t know it at the time, this deconstruction of my creative process foreshadowed the construction of Journalversity.

Feb 16 – Columbine

Written just two days after the Parkland school shooting, I vented my “holy outrage” (Sybil Dana Reynolds) on the topic of guns and public safety. Nearly 8 months later I have a profound respect for the student activists who very well may be catalysts for action, at long last.

July 23 – My Friend Susan

A scant two months after Susan’s death her husband John, in partnership with  Yampa Valley Hospital’s foundation, has created the Susan de Wardt Therapeutic Writing Program at Jan Bishop Infusion Clinic. He has asked me to design a three-part program (oncology nurses and team members; oncology patients; family caregivers) and help select and train the facilitators. On October 1 he will announce that he will match funds for all donations in memory of Susan to inaugurate the program. This program honors Susan and her legacy in so many ways — through the memorializing of her name in her Steamboat  Springs, Colorado community, to extend and carry her healing work through a new generation of community facilitators and to contribute to research in therapeutic writing and oncology. The hospital is interested in replicating the Write Way to Wellness group study that Linda Sliwoski and colleagues conducted and published last year in Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 

(The link takes you to last year’s blog on Linda Sliwoski, a certified JTTS instructor and reprises the study’s findings. The blog contains a link to the PDF of the paper itself.)

Just a few of my favorite moments shared with you this year. I’m sad to say goodbye and excited to say hello and welcome to the next iteration. See you at Journalversity!

Your turn! What have been some of your favorite moments at Journalverse?

3 Responses to Kay’s Journal: Best of 2018

  1. karen Newcomb September 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm #

    It is possible to hold grief and joy at the same time. A part of me feels sad to say goodbye to this “place” where i was nourished as a writer and a teacher. I could “hang out” and just explore and always left with a happy heart. Thank you, Kay.

    I do look forward to the next adventure! That is the joy. I am excited!

    • Kay Adams September 25, 2018 at 11:45 am #

      Yes, joy and grief — that’s how I’m feeling too, Karen. I’m glad you’re felt nourished as writer and teacher. Let’s continue!

  2. Lizabeth Smith September 25, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Let me echo Karen’s reply, as well as Kay’s. As are

    all years, whether due to early births, lingering

    deaths, hurricanes, or exciting new ventures in

    journaling, this group so often is grieving or

    rejoicing together, sometimes with people we’ve

    never seen. But there is a knowing of each other

    that binds us for years to come. I can hardly wait

    for the next chapter!

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