Hear myself out

This is one poem in a series from the “Write to Recover” group I facilitate. I put them together from phrases that resonate with me while participants read, adding nothing but punctuation and the occasional conjunction. This one is comprised of the words of four participants who were writing on the theme, "Your own voice." … Continue reading Hear myself out

A is for Anger

The Authentic Voice Project: Week 1 AUTHENTIC VOICE As we are beginning with A, I will take a moment to define Authentic Voice as I understand it. I believe we all have an Authentic Voice. It is the one that comes to us from various sources: intuitive insights dreams emotion-body reactions (such as butterflies in … Continue reading A is for Anger

More than you know: Why and how to start journaling

This is an edited version of my "All Write!" column in the Rutland Herald, published January 29, 2016 The most compelling reason to write as far I'm concerned is the ability to access a great wealth of knowledge about yourself. Dr. Ira Progoff, who is considered the grandfather of personal journaling due to his development … Continue reading More than you know: Why and how to start journaling

It’s spontaneous, baby!: Writing that changes you

When someone asks me what I do I often have a hard time saying what that is. Well, that's not exactly true -- I can tell you aaaall about it if you're ready to settle in for a chat. My work, the type of writing workshops I facilitate, as I've written about before, cannot be … Continue reading It’s spontaneous, baby!: Writing that changes you

Yes! I Will Speak

I stumbled across this poem today that I wrote two years ago during grad school. I don't remember writing it and it's far from the best poetry ever written. But it's fierce, and I like it. Yes, I will speak my truth although you tell me it's not true Yes, I will cry even though … Continue reading Yes! I Will Speak

Trust the Process (pt 13): Seeing the End of the Road

On August 16th, 2010 I wrote my first Trust the Process post. It was the beginning of my graduate school journey. Tomorrow I begin the end. My last semester. The one when I pull together everything I have learned over the past three semesters into one piece of writing (well, two, actually) so it can … Continue reading Trust the Process (pt 13): Seeing the End of the Road

Authentic Voice Project: Y is for Yes!

For redefinition, I was thrown back to myself, to my inner knowing… Marilyn Sewell, Cries of the Spirit The Authentic Voice Project: Week 26 (Full Moon) Y is for Yes! This is the last post of the year-long Authentic Voice Project. I didn't always stay on schedule but I did make it through the whole … Continue reading Authentic Voice Project: Y is for Yes!

Authentic Voice Project: V is for Voice

For redefinition, I was thrown back to myself, to my inner knowing… Marilyn Sewell, Cries of the Spirit The Authentic Voice Project: Week 23 (Full Moon) V is for Voice Having a voice is embracing all questions and possibilities, accepting them all as part of the whole truth. It is feeling everything – pain and … Continue reading Authentic Voice Project: V is for Voice

Authentic Voice Project: D is for Drive

The Authentic Voice Project: Week 4 (New Moon) D is for Drive Society says: Drive is good. Drive is what allows one to come from nothing and go to something. Drive makes the downtrodden get up, turns the girl next door into the celebrity on the hill, and gives the death-diagnosis a bill of good … Continue reading Authentic Voice Project: D is for Drive

Authentic Voice Project: C is for Christ

I realized with discomfort that my last Authentic Voice Project post was in itself Inauthentic. I chose a safe word to explore. I shied away from tackling a true "trigger" word. I again silenced my voice out of fear of rocking the boat. I realized the hypocrisy of this and now I must fix it … Continue reading Authentic Voice Project: C is for Christ