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A Prompt Response
[5 Aug 2015 | No Comment | 301 views]

Mary is a survivor of three cancer operations and chemotherapy. She and and her husband had booked a trip to South Africa for next winter, but were considering backing out before it was too late.  The trip would be expensive, strenuous and scary, especially in light of mandated six month CT scans and a problematic mammogram.
Then Mary received the Home Prompt for our next meeting. It asked members to read an excerpt from Judy Rohm’s poem, “A Lesson”,  then comment on it.

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Changing Priorities, Choosing Happiness, Class Reports, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience

The Pain of Adoption
[4 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 614 views]

There are so many sources of pain, so many reasons that justify the need for our Writing for Wellness program. Here’s Dana’s story:
I was adopted at five days old. When I was three, my mother read me a book that told me I was special. Being adopted meant that I was chosen, and this was better. I would walk around telling everyone I was adopted because I believed it was this wonderful thing.
When I turned twelve, I realized that being [ … ]

Family Matters, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience, Private Anguish, Your Story/Your Legacy

Generational Gap? Not Here!
[28 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 749 views]

“Adorable bambino, cuddling divinely, ever filling Gigi’s heart in joy.  Kassidy love, my nectar, outing passion quite rapturous.  Sunny toddler, unabashedly vivacious, wholly xanthochroid*, yattering zephyr.”

The above response, “Musings on my great granddaughter”, written by our Gigi, perfectly fits our latest home prompt- write a 26 word passage using successive starting  letters in the alphabet, A to Z. But, it doesn’t just do that! It also points out yet another change in our membership. Not only have we integrated horizontally, expanding [ … ]

Class Reports, Lessons Learned, Most Inspirational

Tis a Puzzlement
[19 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 1,656 views]

A Beautiful Christmas, Decorations Everywhere, Festive Garlands Hanging, Inspiring Joyous Kinder Laughter, Moving Non-believers On-toward Peace, Quieting Restive Souls, Tempering Unrest.
                                                                          Very Worry-free Xmas, 
                                                                                             Your Zitherists  
What makes “The Big C- Christmas Spirit”, posted a year ago today, so popular? I can’t figure it out, but I’d love to know:
    Is it Irish poet Pat Borat’s clever writing exercise?
    Is it our “Christmas Wish” answer to his writing exercise?
    Is it the proposed WFW follow-up exercise, finishing the sentence, [ … ]

Giving Back, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience

Polyps and the Pellopenesian War
[10 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 1,485 views]

 
Today’s prompt was to pick one grouping of people in Seurat’s painting, ” Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte” and describe their fictional conversation regarding a discussion of Cancer. This was one of the stories:
The two women were together at the water’s edge of La Grande Jatte. one standing and one sitting. Marie, sitting on the grass, said, “I don’t know what to do, I can’t get Jacques to get a colonoscopy. He complains about rectal pain, but he does [ … ]

Class Reports, Family Matters, Heroes and Helpers, Lessons Learned, Thank You