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Calming Our Inner Storms

By Susan Hendricks | September 10, 2017

As I sit at my computer writing this article, Hurricane Irma is barreling our way.  Fear and confusion keep interrupting my train of thought and need to concentrate. Less than three weeks ago with the Solar Eclipse directly overhead, I felt entirely different.  The spirit of that day was awe and amazement.  I was totally…

The Kindred Spirit’s Mailbox-by-the-Sea

By Susan Hendricks | August 18, 2017

Coastal shorelines change and shift with the tides and storms, but some things manage to stay the same –  with a little help from their friends. A black mailbox staked in the dunes on the North Carolina side of Little River Inlet has withstood the assaults of Nature for over 38 years while it continued…

A Writing Program for Veterans with Long-term PTSD

By Susan Hendricks | July 20, 2017

It may seem like a long-shot to think that creating characters, poetry and narrative writing would heal persistent PTSD, but Recon Mission, an innovative program for Viet Nam War era veterans, succeeded. Recon Mission’s guiding principles were to provide containment and recognition, both crucial to helping defuse PTSD.  The use of familiar military language also…

Exploring the Meandering Threads in Our Lives

By Susan Hendricks | June 16, 2017

Something is very gently, invisibly, silently, pulling at me – a thread or net of threads finer than cobweb …. … not fear but a stirring of wonder makes me catch my breath when I feel the tug of it when I thought it had loosened itself and gone. The Thread by Denise Levertov All…

Sudden Insight – a Gift for a Writer

By Susan Hendricks | May 19, 2017

You can’t always plan for it.  While struggling to find the right words, some writers hope a stroke of genius will arrive in the nick of time – a flash of insight to save the day.   When it comes, you slap your forehead and say, “why didn’t I think of this before?” at the same…

Celebrating Our First Language – Poetry

By Susan Hendricks | April 21, 2017

Lullabies and rhymes heard in childhood provided our first experiences of poetry.  Think back.  Can you recall a song, a book or poem you heard countless times, or a favorite bedtime story?  “The mother speaking to the child is also a poem,”  according to poet Naomi Shihab Ney.” My good friend Jane Dorn has kept…

Personal Journal Writing as Living History

By Susan Hendricks | March 17, 2017

Writing in a personal journal isn’t new or unusual.  Keeping a journal may be one of the oldest forms of writing in the world.  In early America, most journals or diaries were kept by men, many as almanacs or logs of their experience in public life.  However, far fewer women in the past had the…

Share Your Blessings Generously

By Susan Hendricks | February 16, 2017

Blessing one another comes naturally to all of us here in the South.  Who hasn’t heard, “Well, bless your heart” spoken to another person or “Bless you” when someone sneezes? Offering blessings to another is also a powerful way to share your hard-earned wisdom, truest values and best wishes with others – family, friends, acquaintances,…

Pare Down Your words and Write Often

By Susan Hendricks | January 20, 2017

At the beginning of each new year we have the proverbial clean slate – a blank page to continue our story or to revise it –  another chance to “get it right” – to live up to our evolving resolutions once again. It’s not too late to begin 2017 with pen in hand or fingers…

What’s past and what’s to come

By Susan Hendricks | December 15, 2016

It’s that time of year when we transition from the Old to the New Year, a tradition that transcends time itself.  Many take this opportunity to access where we’ve been and where we’re headed. An ancient reminder of this two-directional point-of-view is Janus, the Roman god of the door.  The image engraved on copper coins…