De-Clutter Your Mind!
I’ll be teaching a journaling workshop in Baltimore on May 19 through Inner Harbor Wellness. Click here to check out their course offerings in “nurturing personal and community well-being” and sign up today!
Journal to the Self
Between preparing for the holidays and end-of-year work assignments, this time of year can get really hectic. But don’t forget to think about yourself! Register at the link below for the “Journal to the Self” series of workshops I’ll be offering at the Rehoboth Art League in January. The start of the new year is the perfect time to begin a new practice or learn new techniques that can deepen your self-understanding and creativity!
Click here to learn more about journaling
and to register!
Journaling Workshop in Rehoboth Beach!
Sign up now for my next journaling workshop at the Rehoboth Art League!
Journaling to Clear What Clutters Your Mind
Location: The Rehoboth Art League
Room: Children’s Studio
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Level: Ages 18 & Up Beginner
* Reduce tension, frustration, anger, and other strong emotions.
* Improve your time management and your organizational skills.
* Track cycles, patterns, and trends in your life.
* Unlock the mysteries of your dreams.
* Experiment with creative writing.
* Write your autobiography.
* Clarify your goals.
And, have a lot of fun!
I’m honored that judge Marge Piercy selected my poem “The Shape of Shadow” for an honorable mention in the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest.
Poetry at The Granary
If you can’t make it to Rehoboth in February, I’m teaching the same workshop on January 7 at The Granary in Berkeley Springs, WV. Be sure to let me know if you’d like to attend, so I can contact you if the date changes (i.e. snow!)
I’m excited to have the opportunity to teach a poetry workshop at the Rehoboth Art League in February. For more information, and to register, click here.
Something New for Me
Today’s post is a plug for my favorite duo, Straight BS (https://www.facebook.com/Straight.BS.Duo.Different/), and for a new writing skill I was able to practice, thanks to them!
West Virginia Eastern Panhandle musicians Bruce (B) Reich and Steve (S) Van Order blend vocals with mandolin and mandola, melodica, fiddle, dobro, guitar, cello and electric and piccolo basses to deliver a uniquely creative and energetic performance. They feature Bruce’s melodic originals as well as creative arrangements of fiddle music, American standards, bluegrass, country, and rock tunes.
Bruce recently asked me to write lyrics for what was then one of his unnamed compositions. Though I’ve written my own songs before, it was challenging to find the words that not only fit the melody but matched its mood. Here’s a video of “Somehow,” the end result:
It was really a fun experience collaborating with the two of them to come up with the finished product!
For more videos of their different take on some old favorites as well as some of their originals, check out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTg3jYTF1J8QMlG5_s5WOJw
Straight BS will be performing at the Berkeley Springs Brewing Company from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.
First, I have to thank my dear friend Rev. Sarah Anders for turning me on to “A Year of Being Here, ” a daily email subscription curated by Phyllis Cole-Dai. Each day, Phyllis sends an email with a poem dedicated to mindfulness, and I find it to be a nice way to start my morning. I sent her a few of my own poems for consideration, and Saturday morning my inbox had my own poem coming back to me. So a second thank you to Phyllis. Here’s the link to her web site and my poem “Another Moment.”
More About Writing (and changing) our Life Narratives
An article in today’s Washington Post explains how writing down our “life narratives” can be the first step in changing the parts of those narratives we wish were different. For example, if you’re always telling yourself that you can’t see a project to completion, try creating a story about yourself where that isn’t the outcome. Quoting from ‘Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By,’ written by University of Virginia psychology professor Timothy D. Wilson, the article’s author writes:
In the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, “small edits can lead to lasting change.”
There are some interesting exercises at the end of the article to help get you started. Check it out!