Books I Discovered Through iaPOETRY

     My passion for writing and poetry stems from my years in training as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner in iaPOETRY, based in New York City. iaPOETRY (International Academy for Poetry Therapy) is a strong and supportive network of teachers and clinicians founded by Lila Weisberger (now headed by Jill Teague and Geraldine Campbell). I trainedContinue reading “Books I Discovered Through iaPOETRY”

August 4, 2018: Off to Boston

The weekend always brings fun adventures, and today is no exception. Right now Andy and I are on our way to Boston. The only time I’ve been to Massachusetts is on 2006. I went to a poetry therapy conference that weekend. It was an exciting 3 days with Lila, Johanna, and the other devoted membersContinue reading “August 4, 2018: Off to Boston”

August 3, 2018: More Journaling and Poetry

Ever since I returned from the poetry therapy intensive, I’ve been focused in really writing that 2nd book. In order to get that going, I need to have more material. I have the small pieces on my poetry blog, Poetic Threading, that I can expand on. I also write in a paper journal that IContinue reading “August 3, 2018: More Journaling and Poetry”

August 1, 2018: Goals in Writing

We turn the page now to August. Last month brought some truths to light. It began with me feeling very frustrated about my situation. As the month progressed, I continued to feel worried, yet I gained a clearer sense of what needs to be accomplished to achieve my goals. I still have a lot ofContinue reading “August 1, 2018: Goals in Writing”

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 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 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 19, 2018: Escape in Poetry Therapy

It’s going to get busy with poetry therapy for the next week. Saturday begins ACTIONWEEK, the yearly poetry therapy intensive. My mentor Lila Weisberger used to arrange the schedule, but she passed down the duties to Nessa a couple years ago. Both women have held amazing programs, and I used to attend every workshop, fromContinue reading “July 19, 2018: Escape in Poetry Therapy”

July 5, 2018: Memorable Moments

Today Andy and I made a decision on the venue where we would have the reception hall. An email was sent to the representative this afternoon. We are hopeful that a response will arrive to us tomorrow, since I would love to contact the church about the wedding date right away. I guess it’s fittingContinue reading “July 5, 2018: Memorable Moments”