Category Archives: expressive writing

For the Week of October 16, 2017: When Life Hurts, What Sustains You?

It’s difficult to imagine the many lives that have been lost or devastated in the past few weeks by fire, hurricanes, shootings or bombings.  Each day seems to only bring more reports of tragedy–loss and destruction.  Last week I wrote … Continue reading

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For the Week of October 2, 2017: Living Your Questions

I don’t write about what I know: I write in order to find out what I know.― Patricia Hampl For several years, I’ve taught  transformational writing (writing to heal) for the UCLA extension Writers’ Program. At the beginning of each new … Continue reading

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For the Week of September 25, 2017: The Power of Gratitude

If the only prayer we say in our lifetime is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”                     German philosopher, Meister Eckhart In a time when we are constantly confronted with world crises–the devastation … Continue reading

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For the Week of September 3, 2017: Navigating the Process of Recovery

Pick yourself up… Take a deep breath… Dust yourself off                       And start all over again. Pick yourself up… (From “Pick Yourself Up,” lyrics by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields) These are the words from a song often played by my … Continue reading

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For the Week of August 27, 2017: Where Hope Resides

“My house sits on about 10-feet elevation so if the storm surge gets up to 12 feet it’s going to be a bit of a problem. If it’s 15 feet I’ll sit on the roof and surf my way into … Continue reading

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For the Week of August 20, 2017: Learning from Life’s Hard Knocks

There are many good reasons for writing that have nothing to do with being published.  Writing is a powerful search mechanism, and one of its satisfactions is that it allows you to come to terms with your life narrative.  It … Continue reading

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For the Week of August 13, 2014: The Sometimes Difficult Friendship With Our Bodies

…Use to be I just had arthritis and rheumatism, now—it’s a pain in the neck—I got a convulsive heart. I come from Twenty-second and Eighth, where I’m helping my brother. For me that’s a long walk. So I wait. I … Continue reading

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