Memoir as Healing

One concept that I’ve been considering more lately is the healing power of writing– specifically the healing power of memoir– although all expressive types of writing apply. I held a workshop recently where I shared a bit about my own cancer story and how it led me to focus on the importance of healing through…

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Serenity’s Trifecta

coffee mug steaming beside my notebook and pen perfect trifecta while natures hums serenely sunglow dances between clouds The Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt this week is from Suzette, who asks us to do the following: Write: A) a haiku, OR: B) a tanka on the theme of “a favorite way to relax / unwind” The perfect moment of relaxation…

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Simple Days

lemonade summer sherbet sunshine overhead bare feet on cut grass The past week was chaotic as we wrapped up the semester. Between the emails, grading, meetings, late student work, extra emails from panicked students about their excessive late work, and everything else, I didn’t really have a chance to sit and just enjoy a moment…

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friendship: holding hands family we’ve built sharing our toughest stories together long-lost: miles apart friends we’ve forgotten cherish time we’re allotted distance This week’s Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt is from Sadje, who asks us to write an elfchen poem, with the added challenge of writing a second elfchen poem that opposes the first. The structure…

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Spotting pale petals, you remember, trading picturesque mountains for Midwestern fields, the willpower of finding home away from home while healing strangers. But I would call you my brother, standing among a handful of faces that comforted me when the world was ending. How a rose must look from hospital rooms, frail petals and questioning…

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Lilium lancifolium

vibrant and speckled trench lily in the wild burst forth with sweet scent seek attention and flourish confident and merciful This week’s Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt is from Brandon, who asks us to do the following: The tiger lily is my favorite flower, and the tanka is my favorite form, so here we have it!…

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