Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

Haiku – Nature’s Poetic Voice

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…

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Turn Travel into Pilgrimage

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…

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How to Jumpstart Your Personal Writing

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…

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Dreams are often poetry – Poetry is often dreamlike

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…

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Dream Work Express – Online Class

Dream Work Express – Offered through the Therapeutic Writing Institute, January 18 through March 14, 2018 Online Class – Work at your own pace. In this class, we will use the spontaneity and variety of expressive arts techniques created especially for dream work. Don’t interpret or judge your dreams, but accommodate and cherish the contradictory messages…

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Tradition and Ritual for Everyone’s Holidays

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…

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The Kindred Spirit’s Mailbox-by-the-Sea

Coastal shorelines change and shift with the tides and storms, but some things manage to stay the same –  with a little help from their friends. A black mailbox staked in the dunes on the North Carolina side of Little River Inlet has withstood the assaults of Nature for over 38 years while it continued…

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Sudden Insight – a Gift for a Writer

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…

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Celebrating Our First Language – Poetry

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…

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