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Write your own Reverse Poem

By Susan Hendricks | October 17, 2018

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…

Universal and timeless stories that teach

By Susan Hendricks | September 13, 2018

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…

The Enneagram: It has your number!

By Susan Hendricks | August 12, 2018

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…

Capture tomorrows’ memories today

By Susan Hendricks | July 20, 2018

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…

Haiku – Nature’s Poetic Voice

By Susan Hendricks | June 15, 2018

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…

Turn Travel into Pilgrimage

By Susan Hendricks | May 13, 2018

I love to walk. It’s always been my number one choice for exercise. As a child my friends and I walked to school every day, explored the woods nearby and sometimes walked the couple of miles to and from downtown to shop or visit the library.  We could walk wherever we wanted to go. Years…

How to Jumpstart Your Personal Writing

By Susan Hendricks | April 19, 2018

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…

Nature has Superpowers for Us

By Susan Hendricks | March 16, 2018

Florence Williams, journalist, best-selling author, and contributor to numerous publications including Outside magazine, the New York Times, National Geographic and others will be in Columbia to discuss her newest book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, sponsored by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. Williams makes the…

Dreams are often poetry – Poetry is often dreamlike

By Susan Hendricks | February 11, 2018

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…

Take time to catch your breath

By Susan Hendricks | January 11, 2018

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…