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…

Pause to reflect before the New Year

By Susan Hendricks | December 11, 2017

Every December, newspaper headlines shout, “Looking Back” – “Recapping Highlights” – “Best Stories of the Year!”  They remind me that it’s time to review my personal year too – rereading journal entries, organizing clippings and cards and thinking about some ups and downs during 2017. It’s a good time to collect our thoughts and do…

Tradition and Ritual for Everyone’s Holidays

By Susan Hendricks | November 17, 2017

The Holiday Season has arrived.  It might seem that it began months ago when the shelves in most stores around town filled with red and green decorations and gifts.  To me, Thanksgiving feels more like the official beginning of the season. Growing up, my family’s annual Thanksgiving tradition was to feast at noon on turkey…

A Writer’s Legacy Lives On in Columbia, SC

By Susan Hendricks | October 20, 2017

An email from Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac noted that October 1st was the birthday of crime fiction superstar Elmore Leonard and spelled out his 10 Rules for Good Writing. I’m curious when a list of writing tips catches my eye.  What’s more, Leonard’s name was familiar, so I set out to learn more. After a few…

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