July 31, 2018: Still Lingering

It’s been a couple days since ACTIONWEEK (the annual poetry therapy intensive) ended, yet I’m still feeling its impact very strongly. I go about my day, handle work tasks, yet the emotions that swirled around me that weekend still lingers. This year, it’s Johanna’s absence that makes things particularly difficult. Johanna made it a pointContinue reading “July 31, 2018: Still Lingering”

July 30, 2018: Body of Work

I’m really getting back in touch with Maya Angelou’s work lately. She was such an amazing storyteller and poet. Her poems were raw, spoken from someone who endured painful and powerful life experiences. I find myself turning to her work during times of great stress and hardship. Maya’s poems were frequently used by Johanna andContinue reading “July 30, 2018: Body of Work”

July 29, 2018: I Rise

When I began my studies in poetry therapy, an important thing I learned was to take note of your strengths in the face of extreme challenges. Of course, this task is not easy to learn right away, as doubt and disbelief always finds its way to creep in the mind. Eventually, your strengths come toContinue reading “July 29, 2018: I Rise”

July 28, 2018: New York Weekend

Currently on my way to New York. It will be so exciting to meet and share with my poetry therapy community. It certainly won’t be the same without Johanna, but it will be good seeing the other members who could attend. The journey to NYC is pretty eventful. The large crowds and crowded surroundings areContinue reading “July 28, 2018: New York Weekend”

July 27, 2018: My Thoughts on ‘The Lovely Bones’

‘The Lovely Bones’ tells the story of Susie Salmon, a fourteen year old girl who was killed by a neighbor back in 1973. The story is told in Susie’s perspective, beginning just before the crime takes place. The book then follows the lives of Susie’s friends and family, and how they handle the loss ofContinue reading “July 27, 2018: My Thoughts on ‘The Lovely Bones’”

July 26, 2018: New York, Always

Only a couple more days until I share poetry with friends in New York. I’m glad I can come by and be with my community for the weekend. Visiting NYC on a regular basis has not worked out the way I had hoped since moving back to NJ. I miss the moments I had withContinue reading “July 26, 2018: New York, Always”

July 25, 2018: Tending to the Self

Sometimes on crazy days, I need to take a deep breath and have a moment. It can be in the beginning of the day, before work begins. You know you’re heading into unpredictable situations, so this time to meditate is needed. You can take a moment during the work day. It’s good to step outContinue reading “July 25, 2018: Tending to the Self”

July 24, 2018: Photographers

Andy and I found a wedding photographer. I wasn’t sure if we would be able to find someone close to our area, whose payment plan was reasonable. But yesterday we discovered Cherryville Photography, a studio a few miles away from where we live. After a brief phone conversation over the weekend, we met up withContinue reading “July 24, 2018: Photographers”

July 23, 2018: Rainy Days and Books

It’s pouring out there this week. All morning there were torrential downpours, and it seems like the afternoon will bring more of the same. I’m doing my best to keep the children busy. It’s likely that we’ll be indoors all week. Sparks of sunshine gives false hope, since that accompanies the rain also. I finallyContinue reading “July 23, 2018: Rainy Days and Books”

July 22, 2018: An ‘Inactive’ Kind of Day

Usually Sundays are spent admiring the scenery in the area. After church, Andy and I take some time to explore, viewing the beautiful farmland and wildlife Hunterdon County has on display. Today is a slow, ‘relax at home’ day though. Sometimes you just need afternoons like that. We don’t have lots of cash to spendContinue reading “July 22, 2018: An ‘Inactive’ Kind of Day”