Keeping a journal resembles having a best friend who hears all of your thoughts and understands your emotions.  Rereading your journal entries – either silently or out loud, even many years later – can bring to light unacknowledged or unhealthy beliefs and emotions and allow healing and psychological growth. I have been writing in my…

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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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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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“If the only prayer you ever say in your lifetime is ‘Thank you,’ that’s enough.” Meister Eckhart, 13th century German theologian, philosopher and mystic “Gratitude is heaven itself” William Blake, 18th Century English poet, painter, and printmaker Thanksgiving is the perfect time to celebrate gratitude. To continue or to begin a conscious practice of noticing…

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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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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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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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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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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 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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