Wordless Wednesday: Week 8

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SOL17: Day 21 #10FoundWords

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Each Tuesday, Two Writing Teachers provide space to share our slices of life.  Thank you.

Each February, Laura Shovan presents a daily poetry challenge.  This year is ten found words from a variety of news articles.  Today the words come from Thich Nhat Hanh’sarticle, “Zen and the Art of Activism.

#10FoundWords:  
activism
non-active
mindfulness
peace
engaged
compassion
love
re-awaken
understanding
resistance

Here’s my poem, based on the “What If” poem from HERE WE GO by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. (I’m sort of into them right now, wrote first one on Friday).

What if
mindfulness birthed activism
instead of monkey mind chatter?

What if
we engaged in love and compassion
instead of hurtful, hateful barbs?

What if
resistance re-awakened understanding
instead of non-active complacency?

Will the fog of despair will lift?

© 2017, Jone Rush MacCulloch

 

 

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Sunday Solace: Week 7

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Poetry Friday: #10FoundWords

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I am hosting Poetry Friday at Check It Out.  As part of Laura Shovan’s Fifth Annual February Poetry Challenge, I am providing #10 words from a recent news article.  I have been following the Department of Education and the new leader, Betsy DeVos.  I am not happy that she was selected.  I used The Hill as my resource for the ten words.  The ten words:

  • advocate
  • equity
  • issues
  • believe
  • proponent
  • vouchers
  • consequences
  • access
  • underserved
  • public education

Bonus word: students of color

My poem is based on the “What If” mentor text from Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell’s newest book, HERE WE GO.  To enter into a drawing for your own copy, visit Poetry Friday at Check It Out.

Advocating for Public Education

What if
the issues of equity
disappeared like the fog?

What if
the proponents of vouchers
understood the underserved?

What if
students of color
had access instead consequences?

What if
everyone believed
in advocating for public education?

©Jone Rush MacCulloch

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Week 7

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SOL17: Playing the Card?

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I recently had a conversation with someone about Husband who is bi-polar. I wrote about it HERE last year.  They were feeling frustrated with some of Husband’s lack of social cues and commented, “He gets to play the mental illness card.”

It took me aback. Card, playing a card?  I responded by telling the person that mental illness wasn’t a card like having cancer isn’t a card.

It reminded me how much we need to bring mental illness out of the shadows.  It reminded me that many people don’t get what having mental illness means.

I used to be quiet about sharing about Husband’s illness.  Now however, I know that when given the appropriate opportunity, it’s important to speak up.

Last year, I read Sheila Hamilton’s ALL the THINGS WE NEVER KNEW.  This is a powerful and insightful book about the impact of  mental illness. Hamilton is a strong advocate for bringing mental illness out from the shadows.

Education and talking about mental illness are key to getting more to understand.

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Sunday Solace: Week 6

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