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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…

New holiday rituals add meaning and ease stress

By Susan Hendricks | November 18, 2016

Whether it’s cooking the turkey, tuning into football, spending time outdoors, or unpacking and displaying festive decorations, these holiday rituals remind us of cherished memories, loved ones, and why we celebrate. Rituals connect us to the past and carry our values into the future. As we gather with family and friends Thanksgiving we’re just beginning…

Dream work – eternally useful

By Susan Hendricks | October 21, 2016

Dreaming during sleep – experiencing realistic, fanciful or frightening images and emotions – has held our attention over millennia. Sometime between 750 BCE and 1250 BCE, Greek poet Homer, credited with writing The Iliad and The Odyssey, differentiated dreams as either false – “glimmering illusion, fantasies” – or true – “those that may be borne…

Journal to journey: poetry, dreams, expressive writing

By Susan Hendricks | September 16, 2016

Two acclaimed South Carolina poets and writers will lead a day-long workshop Saturday, October 1st near downtown Columbia.  Former Columbians Libby Bernardin and her teaching partner and friend Susan Finch Stevens will conduct Journal to Journey, diving into poetry, dreams and expressive writing with a small group of participants on the banks of the Broad…