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Gifts from the great outdoors

By Susan Hendricks | September 15, 2019

“We need the tonic of wildness … We never have enough of nature.”Henry David Thoreau, Walden When was the last time you stepped outside and headed to the woods for a walk into open spaces?  Either a leisurely stroll through familiar territory or to strike out into the unknown?  What encouragement would you need? Getting…

Take notice and be inspired

By Susan Hendricks | August 14, 2019

I like bookstores – wandering around, opening books and turning the pages. Glancing through and seeing new ideas is much more fun than simply ordering a book online. On a recent trip to Books-a-Million, I did not find the book I went to buy, but spotted a new, perfectly wonderful little book – the only…

The gift of poetry from a friend

By Susan Hendricks | July 13, 2019

Libby Bernardin and I met in 1983 when she joined me to work on the first public fund-raising campaign for the SC State Museum having just completed her stint as the staff writer for religion for The State newspaper. Libby’s expertise and knowledge as well as her participation in community activities and her creativity and…

Kindness is the new cool

By Susan Hendricks | June 19, 2019

I recently discovered a new version of “Random Acts of Kindness” inspired by a young man whose mission seems almost too good to be true.  It began ten years after he had left a lucrative but uninspiring career to travel the world, hoping to discover his calling.   While Leon Logothetis, a young Englishman of Greek…

When “Sorry” isn’t enough

By Susan Hendricks | May 18, 2019

Today’s column is a thank you tribute to my good friend and frequent group member Mimi Montgomery Maddock, former publisher and editor of this Columbia Star Newspaper.  More than a friend, Mimi was also a talented and caring teacher, not only to her many students in classrooms in Atlanta and Columbia, but also to me. …

Invitation to the muse

By Susan Hendricks | April 10, 2019

Is poetry a part of your life?  Do you find yourself humming tunes, reciting lines from memory?  Is there a poem you learned at some point that comes to mind readily today?     As a child, I memorized one poem that I can recite now – four short, unremarkable lines from an unknown poet. Committing poetry to memory…

“Attention is the Beginning of Devotion” – Mary Oliver

By Susan Hendricks | March 12, 2019

I fell in love with the poetry of Mary Oliver over 20 years ago through her carefully chosen words, thought-provoking questions, and creative imagery brimming with possibility.  When I discovered the power in her words with its potential to transform my life and long-held opinions, I joined the growing number of Oliver’s many devoted fans.…

The Personality of Emotion and Traits

By Susan Hendricks | February 10, 2019

I just returned from a writing workshop armed with new ideas, excited by possibilities I discovered there and bubbling with enthusiasm to share my experience with you. One of the exercises I found particularly meaningful gave me a new way to paint a vivid picture of one of my own stumbling blocks – a habit…

A Poet on a Mission

By Susan Hendricks | January 14, 2019

Tracy K. SmithUS Poet Laureate I have a new poetry teacher I’ve never met although she visited South Carolina last April and her fame is spreading from coast to coast.  For years my favorite poetry instructor was “The Writer’s Almanac” broadcast daily on South Carolina Educational Radio. I looked forward to that 5-minute pause and…

Calling the Spirit Back

By Susan Hendricks | December 13, 2018

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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