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, co-workers,…

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

In my experience, when we give our dreams enough attention, they highlight our questions, emotions, memories and wishes and point to new ways of thinking and acting. While this sounds simple enough, it’s not easy to see ourselves through the blind spots we have created to protect our self-concept.  Sharing with trusted and caring people…

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…

A pen and ink prescription for healing

By Susan Hendricks | August 19, 2016

Do your thoughts sometimes swirl endlessly, repeating over and over, never going anywhere but staying stuck on the same old issues.  We used to say this is “like a broken record.”  That old metaphor is out of date, but spinning repeatedly over well-worn tracks describes this phenomenon perfectly. If your journal writing is like a…

A travel journal for your inner child

By Susan Hendricks | July 15, 2016

Our busy lives leave so little time for meandering and exploring. Ask yourself if other priorities have kept you from inviting your “inner child” to come out and play.  If you’ve forgotten to befriend yourself with some interesting time alone, here’s a remedy. Author Julia Cameron invented The Artists Date, an idea for a fun…

Big benefits come from unsent letters

By Susan Hendricks | June 17, 2016

Right now I’m struggling to compose a letter to someone dear to me. Although I expect to mail something eventually, I know my first drafts are just practice and exploration. I will discard them after I find the right words. Each of my drafts is an “Unsent Letter” to help me compose my thoughts. In…

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