Documentary by James Cremin

My documentary about the writing class at the City of Hope in Duarte, California based off Julie Davey’s book Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing.
A Signature Day
[2 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 361 views]

Hand in hand we walk briskly up the curving stone steps, open the heavy wood doors studded with dark metal hinges, and enter.
Far to the left is a large window, curved at the top, and protected at the bottom with a pierced wrought iron frame. Two wood rocking chairs flank the window, just waiting for me. I do not know what these rooms are for exactly, but it seems like a magic place.
My mother walks me straight up to the [ ... ]

Class Reports

[15 Aug 2013 | No Comments | 424 views]

One of our members has a story to tell that inspired our group, and should inspire anyone that is struggling in their lives. Although she thinks that any young Mother would do the same to defend her children I think her experience was much more than that. I also think you’ll agree with me.
It was the first Friday in April, I’ll never forget it. I left my home, with my two small children, and went into hiding. I expected [ ... ]

Class Reports, Getting On with Your Life, Most Inspirational, Personal Experience, Rediscovering You

[20 Jul 2013 | No Comments | 805 views]

Ten years ago I was being treated for Prostate Cancer. I had external radiation therapy for five weeks, followed by a radioactive seed implant operation. My anger at one of my physicians led to my blowing off steam with the following poem:
Compassion 101
Do Doctors take Compassion 101?
Are they taught how to treat us with kindness?
Can Considerate Cancer Care be instilled from without?
Compassion must come from somewhere, but where?
If Doctors do take Compassion 101
Do they get marks from the teacher?
Are there [ ... ]

Class Reports, Compassionate Outcomes, Expelling Anger, Personal Experience

Recap of a Writing for Wellness Meeting, Ocean Pines, Maryland, 7-8-13
[12 Jul 2013 | No Comments | 452 views]

Home Prompt- Dealers Choice, you pick the subject. 
Responses included:
– I felt pure joy when I remember the first smile of the baby…..
– I learned the hard way that loving others is really loving myself…
– (On the death of a friend) I weep through the day, my friend’s soul broke free…
– Savor life, don’t give in to “something bad is going to happen”…
– The excitement of moving here is past, we’re getting older, did we make the right move?….
– Requiem for [ ... ]

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Recap of a Writing for Wellness meeting, Ocean Pines, Maryland, 6-24-13
[1 Jul 2013 | No Comments | 587 views]

Home Prompt- Write about someone in your life who held out a rope when you were in a deep, deep hole.
Responses included:
-My partner held out that rope for me when I had Cancer…
-My 24 year old grandson needed a rope, and a rehab facility is providing it…
Prompt 1- In a recent Washington Post Sports section photo, fans are shown reacting to a foul ball landing near them. Two young women are sitting together- one is smiling,unconcerned, while the other woman [ ... ]

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