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You Can Write to Change Your Life

Do you believe that anyone can learn to be an author, that every life is worth the telling, and that the process of writing is a valuable, life-long spiritual activity?

Those are the stated beliefs of the International Women’s Writing Guild. For 30 years the group has sponsored a summer conference that draws some 500 women, teachers, and speakers from all over the world to speak to the importance of writing as a transformative practice. Check out the group’s lovely website. And if you’re near Saratoga Springs, New York, this June 15-22, so much the better.

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posted May 21, 2007 at 2:30 am

Daybreak at the Eastern Edge of the World Every day I drive into a Technicolor sunrise. Such is daybreak at the Eastern Edge of the world. I must cross two rivers before I reach the sea. Each river is spanned by thin web of steel and concrete. I work a stone’s throw from the ocean and I gauge the tempo of the day by the colors of the sea. A dark blue sea portends a calm day. A green sea speaks of storms to come. A slate gray sea: the storm is here.

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posted May 21, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Iwould like to compliment the comment above’s poem. Nice! Will look into the above site. Thanks for the information. Barb

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posted May 21, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Poetry is a great outlet and way of directing the mind to relax and think of things that are peaceful. If one were to have issues of stress, writing poetry is one way to help relieve some of it. Because it can take you places you’ve never been before, poetry is a romanticism that brings one into worlds where they have never been. A good imagination and a healthy attitude is a great start to writing poetry. It’s something to look forward to in the quiet part of one’s day to escape into another life, world and outlook. It can bring brighter futures to those where they are bleak looking…….

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posted May 24, 2007 at 3:12 pm

I agree with the comment made by anon. I am a writer of poetry.For me, it puts into a rhythmn and flow,all of the things that I think and feel far better that I could ever express them orally. Thanks for the insightful comment, Anon. Barb

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posted May 24, 2007 at 7:51 pm

I do think that anyone can learn to be an author but few transform into a real one, given the discipline and persistence required. However, I agree that every life is worth the telling, and that “the process of writing is a valuable, life-long spiritual activity.”And I’d agree with anon and Barb about the power of writing; it settles my mind and restores my perspective, much like yoga. It also elevates my spirit so I’m living with open hands and not clenched fists.

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