Writing

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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November Writing Groups

New 4-week personal writing groups planned especially for this season will meet each Thursday in November (skipping Thanksgiving) from 3 to 5 in the afternoon OR from 6 to 8 in the evening.  Tuition is $175.  To register, email [email protected] with “November Writing” in the subject line.  Credit Cards are accepted online. These groups are often…

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Universal and timeless stories that teach

A friend recently told me that her coworkers gave her the nickname “The Little Red Hen” because she often took on everyone else’s task when others were not willing to get their jobs done.  This old folktale has all of the characteristics of a Fable with animal characters who teach the value of hard work and…

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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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Dreams are often poetry – Poetry is often dreamlike

Dreams and poetry have a lot in common – a belief I have held for over 20 years.  In 1995, during a retreat I attended in Mexico, a noted American poet was also there and graciously shared from his life’s work. He read and recited his poems and led an afternoon workshop each day for a small…

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Take time to catch your breath

One of my new year’s resolutions is to pay more attention to my breathing. I’ll have plenty of chances to do this, but it’s going to require determination too. We take about 20,000 breaths daily and approximately 100 million breaths in a lifetime.  Although we can go without food for several weeks and without liquid…

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Dream Work Express – Online Class

Dream Work Express – Offered through the Therapeutic Writing Institute, January 18 through March 14, 2018 Online Class – Work at your own pace. In this class, we will use the spontaneity and variety of expressive arts techniques created especially for dream work. Don’t interpret or judge your dreams, but accommodate and cherish the contradictory messages…

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