Get It Write

"I'm interested in doing your workshop but the idea of writing intimidates me..."  I've heard this often. It seems the very act of picking up a pen and relaying thoughts and feelings can become burly & threatening, like a school…

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The Games We Played

Growing up in the 70's & 8o's we always had one cupboard stuffed with board games. Piled up boxes splitting at the corners and bulging at the seams because the components had been hurriedly shoved inside at the close of…

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Next week I'm leaving my computer. It's just a trial separation.  It's something we've been considering for a while now. I've begun to notice we make each other edgy.  I'm aware of a disturbing co-dependancy. An unhealthy pull. As if…

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Strangling Stereotypes

Photograph by Chloe Green 2012 Meeting someone at a party or social occasion and revealing to them that you've trained to be a psychotherapist, usually evokes a discernible reaction. Not always a pleasant one. Scenarios I've encountered: The Escape Artist…

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Finding Fortune

My father has been dead for many years, but if I were to glance up and find him sitting on my couch, legs propped on my coffee table, swearing at a Lakers game, I would not be shocked. He might…

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Golden Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is an extraordinary woman who paints, writes and guides others in their writing practice.  When I was twenty, I discovered her book "Writing Down the Bones" and devoured it.  The experience…

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That Song

We've all been there.  A song comes on the radio and you are transported somewhere immediately.  Some other point in time.  Another place in your life directly connected to 'that song'.  The memory is visceral and vivid. You might not…

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Shifting the Balance

I have a skin condition called Vitilgo.  Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder that causes pigment to disappear.  My body is scattered with randomly shaped patches and spots that have lost all colour.  I've named them my islands of white.  Thousands…

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The Notebook

Don't get your hopes up.  This is not a prompt to write about Ryan Gosling.  But if you feel you absolutely must - knock yourself out.  I am not in the business of holding people back!  I am in the…

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Risk It

Attempting anything new is always a risk. We risk being vulnerable. Feeling exposed. We risk getting it 'wrong' and feeling uncomfortable, or at worst having to battle the dreaded, loathsome enemy - shame. Shame is a such a visceral, pervasive…

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