Sunday Solace: Week 7

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Poetry Friday: #10FoundWords


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 

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SOL17: Playing the Card?

IMG_0785Two Writing Teachers provide a place for writers to share a slice of life each Tuesday.  For that I am grateful.

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

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Wordless Wednesday


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SOL: Distractions


Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for holding space for us to sharing our writing every Tuesday.

One thing I have been excited about is Laura Shovan’s 5th Annual February Writing Challenge.  This year it’s #10FoundWords.  Each day there are 10 new words to use in a poem.  They come from a variety of news outlets.  

Since November, I have found solace in writing almost every day. A lot has been way to channel my extreme disappointment of our political state.  It is also a huge distraction.

I realize this over the weekend with my writing group meeting on the calendar for last night.  I have a novel (my only one thus far) that is in the middle of revision (like in major).  I haven’t been able to focus on it as I have allowed myself to be like a squirrel with every writing opportunity that has surfaced as evidenced below.

Submit to POEMING PIGEON, garden poems. Check.
Participate in #haikuforhealing in December. Check.
Organize a New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange. Check.
Participate #10FoundWords.  Check.  But…
Oh, you didn’t make it into the garden edition of POEMING PIGEON and they are opening up the love poems submissions in May…time to work on them? Almost BUT  I need to focus on my novel and quit being distracted. (And yet this morning, I thought about some old poems that I may just go ahead and submit and why am I circling back to this idea?)

I am torn.  I thought perhaps I could use #10FoundWords as a writing opener to prime the pump and I may.  Perhaps it’s that there is so much chatter in my head these days about the world events that I want to hide and read about the hidden life of trees and concentrate on my revisions.



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