Poetry

The gift of poetry from a friend

Libby Bernardin and I met in 1983 when she joined me to work on the first public fund-raising campaign for the SC State Museum having just completed her stint as the staff writer for religion for The State newspaper. Libby’s expertise and knowledge as well as her participation in community activities and her creativity and…

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“Attention is the Beginning of Devotion” – Mary Oliver

I fell in love with the poetry of Mary Oliver over 20 years ago through her carefully chosen words, thought-provoking questions, and creative imagery brimming with possibility.  When I discovered the power in her words with its potential to transform my life and long-held opinions, I joined the growing number of Oliver’s many devoted fans.…

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Women’s Personal Writing Groups – Winter 2019

Guided Journal Writing with Creative Prompts, Poetry and Personal Exploration In a safe, confidential and empowering environment January 17 through February 21, 2019 Meeting in 2-hour sessions over eight Thursdays 3 to 5 PM or 6 to 8 PM Tuition: $225 16 hours of Continuing Education Credit possible for licensed therapist, approved by the SC Board…

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Calling the Spirit Back

One of the many joys I find in reading poetry is the sudden realization that this poem – the one I’m reading at this very moment – has many possibilities. Reading it slowly more than once for pleasure is the first gift from the poet.  A second gift is discovering some of my own thoughts,…

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Write your own Reverse Poem

I recently came across a poem online that took my breath away. I was stunned by the message in the poem as well as the unusual way it was delivered.  The poem I found could be read in two entirely different ways – from the first line to the last line, or in reverse, from…

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The Enneagram: It has your number!

If you are curious about what makes you tick, what your basic nature is or how you may find your best personal self, your options may seem to be plentiful.  But many are far less helpful than others.  In my quick online search for personality tests, Google produced over 23 million personality tests in just…

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Capture tomorrows’ memories today

Freedom – not just on July 4th but all summer long – that’s how I remember summers when I was a child growing up in Virginia. Life seemed so simple then. When the last day of school finally arrived, it felt as if a whole lifetime was waiting at the door – months stretching ahead…

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Your Journal as Friend and Helper

September 13 through October 18, 2018 (Limited to 7 Participants in Each Group) Afternoons 3 to 5 or Evenings 6 to 8 each Thursday $225 Credit Online or Check-Cash first session 1703 Richland Street – Columbia, SC Wholistic Therapy & Coaching Center of the Midlands What Participants Say about Susan’s Groups ….. “The people were everything…

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Haiku – Nature’s Poetic Voice

Haiku is simple enough for young children but complicated and intuitive enough to engage people of all ages and across cultures. Haiku’s very short form consisting of only three lines may appear trite or non-sensical.  But if that were so, it would not have endured for centuries and continue to be written in many languages…

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How to Jumpstart Your Personal Writing

Writing for one’s self can be awfully important, but sometimes it isn’t easy. As soon as you tell yourself you’re going to write, grab your pen and paper and prepare to write, all of those incredible thoughts you had vanish. Even many well-known writers report suffering from writer’s block when faced with a blank page.  They may…

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