Canine Couch Cuddles

It’s the simple priceless pleasures in life which are the ones we can least afford to do without.
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MNP – 11/14/22 – The Persistence of Memory/ Sense Memory Writing Workshop

Adam Grant @AdamMGrant

“Writing is more than a vehicle for communicating ideas. It’s a tool for crystallizing ideas.

Writing exposes gaps in your knowledge and logic. It pushes you to articulate assumptions and consider counterarguments.

One of the best paths to sharper thinking is frequent writing.”

Sense Memory Writing Workshop: MNP 11/14/22

Think back to a time, very early on in your life,

in which people gathered for a meal. It doesn’t have to be for a holiday. It only matters that the meal is special or distinct somehow in your memory.

1. What sounds do you remember? Things said? Ambient noise? Entertainment in the background?

2. What sights do you remember? Individual dishes? People’s faces? Decorations? Table settings? Weather patterns?

3. What touches do you remember? The way things felt in your hand in their use? Embraces with loved ones? Eating with hands? Temperatures? Proximity to one another?

4. What tastes do you remember? (Challenge: Try to describe the tastes without naming the dish and with only minimal use of listing ingredients)

5. What smells do you remember? The food itself? The scented candles? Someone’s dog passing gas or a distinctive city smell? Someone’s perfume or the froth on a beverage?

6. What spiritual purposes were served by the meal? What inner movements did you personally experience? What core memories were stamped upon your being from this instance? What was being celebrated or mourned if anything?

Using your personal responses to the field of questions surrounding your six senses, formulate a short poem (approx. 25 lines or less) which best encapsulates the overall experience of the meal at a young age.

Be sure to include a conclusion or summary of some sort which allows your audience to know your personal take away message or point of growth given the years of retrospect since the memorable event.

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The Persistence of Memory (Catalan: La persistència de la memòria) is a 1931 painting by artist Salvador Dalí and one of the most recognizable works of Surrealism. First shown at the Julien Levy Gallery in 1932, since 1934 the painting has been in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, which received it from an anonymous donor. It is widely recognized and frequently referred to in popular culture,[1] and sometimes referred to by more descriptive titles, such as “Melting Clocks”, “The Soft Watches” or “The Melting Watches”.

— Source: Wikipedia

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The Persistence of Memory

For further personal reading:

https://artincontext.org/the-persistence-of-memory/

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/62725/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-persistence-memory

https://news.artnet.com/market/salvador-dali-quotes-on-surrealism-491537/amp-page

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“You welcome your children into the world knowing that if all goes the way you plan, you won’t get to see the end of their story. It seems a sad notion until you realize that’s what gives you hope for the future.”

— David Mack, The Persistence of Memory (Star Trek TNG: Cold Equations, #1)

“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.”

Bob Dylan

“One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.”

Gretchen Rubin

“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.”

Alek Wek

“You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.”

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind – in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory. I like the atmospheres that result if episodes are narrated through the haze of memory.”

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Bohemia Night Open Mic for Season 30 Illuminate

I simply love the #newworksfestival hosted annually by #brukatheatre to help promote Season 30 #illuminate
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Thank you to everyone involved with the open mic for #bohemianight
It was lovely to hear poetry, music and bear witness to improv comedy.
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I’m looking forward to returning to the theatre today with @amandabrittney for the remainder of the festival!
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#theatre #poetry #music #poet #poets #poem #poems #spokenword #spokenwordpoetry #spokenwordartist #nevada #openmic #livetheatre #poetrycommunity #bruka30 #biggestlittlecity #biggestlittlecityintheworld #reno #tickets #festival #newworks
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Monday Night Poetry / Poetry Book Club 11/7/22

Butterfly / Andrea Gibson

“Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.”
Kendrick Lamar

“When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and you cannot find your way out of darkness…
Remember, this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.”
-Necole Stephens

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”
-R. Buckminster Fuller

“I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?”
-Chuang Tzu

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
-Maya Angelou

“Everybody loves butterflies. But I trust the caterpillars more. I trust the ones who know they aren’t done.”
— Andrea Gibson

“Once I found a butterfly’s wing on the sidewalk. I wanted to keep it but I didn’t. I knew there were things I should never find beautiful. Like death. And girls.”
— Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson – A Plea for our Planet
https://youtu.be/JsmKDa2qQ-w

Andrea Gibson – Love Me to Life
Andrea Gibson – Love Me To Life

Andrea Gibson – Angels of the Get Through
Andrea Gibson – Angels of the Get-Through (Lord of the Butterflies Tour, Vancouver)

Andrea Gibson – Undoing our codependency, one butterfly at a time
https://youtu.be/MA51OsllJaM

More by Andrea Gibson…
http://dianapressey.com/incredible-andrea-gibson-poems/amp/
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Collective Breath – Poetry Book Club – 1st in person Gathering

COMING SOON – 11/7/22
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FIRST IN PERSON GATHERING
@poetrybookclub.blc
November’s Poet of the Month
@andrewgibby
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Writing Prompt(s):
Write in response to the singular word
“BUTTERFLY”
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Event:
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Weekly Open Mic (every Monday)
@mondaynightpoetrynv
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Source:
Produced, directed, and hosted by active members of Spoken Views Collective
@spoken_views_reno
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Venue:
Shim’s Surplus Supplies Co.
125 W 3rd, Reno, NV
@shimssurplus
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Manager:
Jesse James Ziegler – Poet
@sidewayseightprojects
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Rundown:
(45th Session – November 7th, 2022)
5:00PM – Doors Open
5:30PM – Sign-Ups Open
6:00PM – Prompt Open
6:30PM – Mic Open
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After MNP
1st in person gathering of
Collective Breath – Poetry Book Club
@poetrybookclub.blc
Focusing on Poet Andrea Gibson
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NOTE:
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No hate speech, violence, racism, misogyny, or disrespectful disruptive behavior will be tolerated. No predatory behavior will be tolerated. As an ongoing regular event for Spoken Views Collective, MONDAY NIGHT POETRY has a zero tolerance policy for the fore mentioned behaviors. Spoken Views Collective additionally designates the evening’s HOST as reserving the right to have any and all individuals breaking these expected codes of conduct (which honor the humanity in each other) removed and denied service. If patterns of behavior are either singularly egregious enough or show a pattern of behavior across multiple venues or events then individuals may be denied access to the Collective altogether in order to maintain our vision as a community entity.
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#poetry #poet #poets #poetrycommunity #spokenword #spokenwordartist #openmic #poetryshow #poetryevent #brukapoetry #sidewayseightprojects #reno #nevada #spokenviewscollective #biggestlittlecity #mondaynightpoetry #poetryisnotdead #goldenageofpoetry #shimssurplussupplies #poem #poems #stage #performancepoetry #performancepoet #collective #renoartscene #renoarts #art #artist
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Monday Night Poetry w/ Collective Breath Poetry Book Club

11/7/22
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Writing Prompt(s):
Write in response to the singular word
“BUTTERFLY”
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Event:
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Weekly Open Mic (every Monday)
@mondaynightpoetrynv
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Source:
Produced, directed, and hosted by active members of Spoken Views Collective
@spoken_views_reno
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Venue:
Shim’s Surplus Supplies Co.
125 W 3rd, Reno, NV
@shimssurplus
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Manager:
Jesse James Ziegler – Poet
@sidewayseightprojects
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Rundown:
(45th Session – November 7th, 2022)
5:00PM – Doors Open
5:30PM – Sign-Ups Open
6:00PM – Prompt Open
6:30PM – Mic Open
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After MNP
1st in person gathering of
Collective Breath – Poetry Book Club
@poetrybookclub.blc
Focusing on Poet Andrea Gibson
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NOTE:
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No hate speech, violence, racism, misogyny, or disrespectful disruptive behavior will be tolerated. No predatory behavior will be tolerated. As an ongoing regular event for Spoken Views Collective, MONDAY NIGHT POETRY has a zero tolerance policy for the fore mentioned behaviors. Spoken Views Collective additionally designates the evening’s HOST as reserving the right to have any and all individuals breaking these expected codes of conduct (which honor the humanity in each other) removed and denied service. If patterns of behavior are either singularly egregious enough or show a pattern of behavior across multiple venues or events then individuals may be denied access to the Collective altogether in order to maintain our vision as a community entity.
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#poetry #poet #poets #poetrycommunity #spokenword #spokenwordartist #openmic #poetryshow #poetryevent #brukapoetry #sidewayseightprojects #reno #nevada #spokenviewscollective #biggestlittlecity #mondaynightpoetry #poetryisnotdead #goldenageofpoetry #shimssurplussupplies #poem #poems #stage #performancepoetry #performancepoet #collective #renoartscene #renoarts #art #artist
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Poetry Therapy Workshop

Poetry Therapy Workshop

“Poetry provides us with the history of the human heart.”

— BILLY COLLINS

The goals of poetry therapy are:

• To develop accuracy and understanding in perceiving self and others;

• To develop creativity, self-expression, and greater self-esteem;

• To strengthen interpersonal skills and communication skills;

• To ventilate overpowering emotions and release tension;

• To find new meaning through new ideas, insights, and information; and

• To promote change and increase coping skills and adaptive functions.

 “The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation. I don’t think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.”

— Margaret Atwood

“Poetry therapy helps patients to become more spontaneous and creative… Poetry is one of man’s deepest expressions, and emotions are thereby released. A poem has been described as the shortest emotional distance between two points, the points representing the writer and reader.”

– Jack J Leedy, MD, Poetry Therapy: The Use of Poetry Therapy in the Treatment of Emotional Disorders (New York: Lippincott; 1969)

“Poetry empowers the simplest of lives to confront the most extreme sorrows with courage and motivates the mightiest of offices to humbly heed lessons in compassion.”

― Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

Source: https://pickmeuppoetry.org/poetry-therapy-healing-your-creativity/

Where am I right now?

Mentally, Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually

Besides what is obvious to the host of the workshop (you’re all in Shim’s Speakeasy)

Try an eight sentence response dedicating two sentences to each of the four fore-mentioned qualifiers.

Acrostic poem:

H-

E-

A-

L-

I-

N-

G-

If you were your own care provider, what would you love to hear?

Blackout Poem:

Using your paragraph answers to the opening question ‘Where am I right now?’

Write a poem entitled HEALING (use provided markers)

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Monday Night Poetry – September

COMING SOON
MONDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
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Writing Prompt(s):
TO BE DETERMINED EACH WEEK
(Follow for ongoing details)
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Event:
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Weekly Open Mic (every Monday)
@mondaynightpoetrynv
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Source:
Produced, directed, and hosted by active members of Spoken Views Collective
@spoken_views_reno
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Venue:
Shim’s Surplus Supplies Co.
125 W 3rd, Reno, NV
@shimssurplus
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Manager:
Jesse James Ziegler – Poet
@sidewayseightprojects
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Rundown:
5:00PM – Doors Open
5:30PM – Sign-Ups Open
6:00PM – Prompt Open
6:30PM – Mic Open
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NOTE:
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No hate speech, violence, racism, misogyny, or disrespectful disruptive behavior will be tolerated. No predatory behavior will be tolerated. As an ongoing regular event for Spoken Views Collective, MONDAY NIGHT POETRY has a zero tolerance policy for the fore mentioned behaviors. Spoken Views Collective additionally designates the evening’s HOST as reserving the right to have any and all individuals breaking these expected codes of conduct (which honor the humanity in each other) removed and denied service. If patterns of behavior are either singularly egregious enough or show a pattern of behavior across multiple venues or events then individuals may be denied access to the Collective altogether in order to maintain our vision as a community entity.
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#poetry #poet #poets #poetrycommunity #spokenword #spokenwordartist #openmic #poetryshow #poetryevent #brukapoetry #sidewayseightprojects #reno #nevada #spokenviewscollective #biggestlittlecity #mondaynightpoetry #poetryisnotdead #goldenageofpoetry #shimssurplussupplies #poem #poems #stage #performancepoetry #performancepoet #collective #renoartscene #renoarts #art #artist
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Monday Night Poetry

COMING SOON
MONDAY – August 29th, 2022
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Writing Prompt(s):
Write in response to the expression “THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER”
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Event:
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Weekly Open Mic (every Monday)
@mondaynightpoetrynv
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Source:
Produced, directed, and hosted by active members of Spoken Views Collective
@spoken_views_reno
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Venue:
Shim’s Surplus Supplies Co.
125 W 3rd, Reno, NV
@shimssurplus
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Manager:
Jesse James Ziegler – Poet
@sidewayseightprojects
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Rundown:
(35th Session – August 29th, 2022)
5:00PM – Doors Open
5:30PM – Sign-Ups Open
6:00PM – Prompt Open
6:30PM – Mic Open
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NOTE:
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No hate speech, violence, racism, misogyny, or disrespectful disruptive behavior will be tolerated. No predatory behavior will be tolerated. As an ongoing regular event for Spoken Views Collective, MONDAY NIGHT POETRY has a zero tolerance policy for the fore mentioned behaviors. Spoken Views Collective additionally designates the evening’s HOST as reserving the right to have any and all individuals breaking these expected codes of conduct (which honor the humanity in each other) removed and denied service. If patterns of behavior are either singularly egregious enough or show a pattern of behavior across multiple venues or events then individuals may be denied access to the Collective altogether in order to maintain our vision as a community entity.
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#poetry #poet #poets #poetrycommunity #spokenword #spokenwordartist #openmic #poetryshow #poetryevent #brukapoetry #sidewayseightprojects #reno #nevada #spokenviewscollective #biggestlittlecity #mondaynightpoetry #poetryisnotdead #goldenageofpoetry #shimssurplussupplies #poem #poems #stage #performancepoetry #performancepoet #collective #renoartscene #renoarts #art #artist
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Savannah Bananas

I’m getting on this band wagon early. This game, this vision, is going to change the world in which great sports and great theatre collide. Dream job.
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#baseball #bananaball #savannah #georgia #savannahgeorgia #ga #coastalplainleague #graysonstadium #fansfirst #entertainmentalways #zigmac #savannahbananas #espn #bananaland #espnplus #fieldofdreams #ifyoubuildittheywillcome #fun #crazy #celebration #dancing #poetry #poet #poets #poem #poems #poetrycommunity #jessejameszpoet #bananapoetry #bananapoet
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