Write for You: One Thing, Now Another

by Nancy Casey

Everything changes. That’s what they say.

The more things change, the more things stay the same. They say that, too.

Is that because everything—no matter what it is—used to be something else?

Today in your writing, you notice the many different aspects of your present life which used to be different. Which is to say—everything.

Begin with a sentence that goes like this:

Once…………, now ………… .

You can consider the solid objects in front of you. What was there before there was a table, your shoes, a plant, a window, a cup? What were the table, plant, shoes, window or cup before they were turned into those things?

You can think about the ideas in your mind. We often change our minds. Where we once thought one thing, now we think a different way.

Emotions change. Relationships change. Food preferences change. So does the weather and our bank account. Healing is change, so is an injury. It’s always the same story: things used to be one way, now things are different.

You can write about big things or little ones, things you can see or things that are invisible. You can write many words about one thing, or write only a few and move on to the next one. Whatever you write about, tell it in two parts: how it used to be and how it is now.

Once…………, now ………… .

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add further decoration and color to the page as needed. Here is an example of what a person could write.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories, novels, homework, etc. She will be teaching writing classes at the Recovery Center starting in May. Email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

Americorps/VISTA opening at LRCC

We are filling an AmeriCorps/VISTA position. Application is currently up.

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do;jsessionid=lZTFdf-nIfSYDjp17xNICaWngeQW1bb_xU8n6mKs8Px8Au-eXgoB!-1941309053?id=87113&fromSearch=true

Pertinent details: 12 month term, can be renewed up to 5 times. Vacation leave is 10 personal days and 10 sick per year. 40 hours per week. Living allowance of $1026/month. $12312/year gross. $6k student loan/very flexible education benefit per year served. End of service stipend of $1800. Also gives you advantage in federal hiring via noncompetitive eligibility for a year after service. Already receiving federal benefits? Get income disregard so you continue to receive them while serving.

We plan our VISTA to focus on outreach to rural and veteran populations; and marketing.

Starts May 13. Must enroll by April 22.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

This weeks announcements and calendar.
Write for You’s latest writing exercise: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/03/18/write-for-you-many-travels/
Our first Veterans Coffee and Bitch Session held on 3/13 at 5:30pm at the American Legion Cabin on Howard St. was a success. Contact us if you’d like to know when the next is scheduled.
Don’t miss Recovery Radio on KRFP Thursdays, 1pm.
Two DON’T MISS trainings are coming to Lewiston:
1. MOAB Training is Saturday from 8-5pm. MOAB® presents principles, techniques, and skills for recognizing, reducing, and managing violent and aggressive behavior. The program also provides humane and compassionate methods of dealing with aggressive people. Contact volunteer.latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com to register ASAP.
2. Peer Support Training is coming April 1-5, 8:30am to 5:30pm. We have been told this training will be free for LRCC volunteers. Details: https://secure.latest.facebook.com/events/201459060738140/
Here’s our March calendar: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/march-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.docx.pdf

Write for You: Many Travels

by Nancy Casey

We travel a lot. Across the world, across the room, across time. On foot. In memory. In empathy.

Is some part of us always traveling?

Today, write about your travels.

First, set up your page. Leave space at the top where you can put the title after you have finished writing. Mark off a space that you will use to draw or doodle while you are thinking up things to write.

Begin with a sentence that uses this form:

When ______________ , I travel______________

(You might prefer to say traveled or will travel, might travel, wish I could travel, etc.)

The part of the sentence that says when will tell something about the beginning of the travel. Was it started by a life event? A thought? The weather? Some part of your routine, such as eating or brushing your teeth?

Think about the travel in terms of who, what, where, why, how. Think about all the different kinds of traveling you can or might do.

After you have written that first sentence, add a little bit more. Make some kind of a comment on what you’ve already written.

You can fill the page by writing about one thing, one single bit of traveling. Or you can write many different travels.

Use the doodling space to let your pen and your mind travel aimlessly while you are thinking and deciding what to write.

At the very end of the page, wish yourself safe and happy travels.

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add further decoration and color to the page as needed. Here is an example of what a person could write.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories, novels, homework, etc. She will be teaching writing classes at the Recovery Center in the spring. Email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

Several Important Announcements from Latah Recovery Community Center, Inc.

5 BIG announcements below:

1. A BIG Thank You!
Frequent readers will know that last week was our annual fundraiser breakfast at the Best Western University Inn. We raised $38000 to support the local recovery community. Can you believe it? THANK YOU for supporting our efforts. We’d especially like to thank the 40 table captains that made it possible. We also thank Gritman Medical Center and Washington Mutual for sponsoring the breakfast, and Flowers by Roxanne for the beautiful decorations. Finally, a BIG thanks to the 265 attendees that gave so generously.

At the breakfast we announced:
2. A BIG new partnership and expansion of services: We are ramping up to provide some crisis services. This is due to our partnership with the Crisis Response Network being developed amongst the 5 hospitals in central Idaho. We expect this service will start by June.

3. A BIG name change: As part of the above partnership we have changed our name to better reflect what we do. We are now Latah Recovery Community Center, Inc. (Okay, maybe this one’s only biggish.)

4. A BIG outreach effort to vets: We are pleased to have received funding from both the Idaho Division of Veterans Services and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to develop veterans support services. The first Veterans Coffee and Bitch Session is on 3/13 at 5:30pm at the American Legion Cabin on Howard St.

5. A BIG outreach to our rural communities. The State of Idaho has funded us to do recovery outreach in a couple of Latah county communities. Look for more news later this spring. (This wasn’t announced at the breakfast. It was in the newspaper last week).

See all the BIG news you miss when you sleep in? 😉

Now, onto our regularly scheduled programming-this weeks announcements and calendar.
Write for You’s latest writing exercise: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/03/11/write-for-you-doodles-of-kindness/

New support group this week: Veterans Coffee and Bitch Session is being held on 3/13 at 5:30pm at the American Legion Cabin on Howard St.

Don’t miss Recovery Radio on KRFP Thursdays, 1pm.

Here’s our March calendar: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/march-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.docx.pdf

Write for You: Doodles of Kindness

by Nancy Casey

Today you will write down some random thoughts about kindness. How will you make sure they are random? By doodling!

Gather up some different colors of pens if you have them, and any other drawing-type materials you enjoy.

Draw a line near the top of the page to mark the space where the title will go. Then draw the letter ‘K’ in the center of the page and put a circle around it. K is for kindness.

Draw 3 lines from the K in the center out to the edge of the page so that your page will be divided into 3 sections that are more or less the same size.

Pick a section and begin doodling. You can doodle up squiggles and shapes or you can sketch whatever is in front of you. You can make a single blob and just color it in. What you draw can be “about” something—or not. Fool around and enjoy what comes out of your pen.

Drawing relaxes your mind in a way that allows your thoughts to roll around at random. When one of those random thoughts happens to be about kindness, notice that.

“Kindness” as a topic can cover a lot of things. So you will probably start to notice lots of thoughts about it. Kind actions, kind thoughts. Kindness offered, kindness received. All the different ways kindness feels. Kindness you remember. Kindness you wish for. Ways to be kind.

As you continue to draw and doodle, decide which random thought about kindness you will write down. You don’t have to write a lot. You might decide to go back and forth between the writing and drawing.

Try to have the writing part and the drawing part take up approximately the same amount of room.

When you have filled one section, fill another one the same way. Then fill the third section.

After that, look over all that you have done. Squeeze in new things if you want. As you go back through your work, a title is likely to pop into your mind. Write it down at the top. Put the date on the page somewhere as well.

Here is an example of what a person could write.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories, novels, homework, etc. She will be teaching writing classes at the Recovery Center in the spring. Email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

This Month at the Latah Recovery Center

BOY DO WE HAVE A LOT OF EXCITING STUFF GOING ON!

Tomorrow, 7am, is our annual fundraising breakfast. It’s at the Best Western. Looks like record attendance. GIANT thank you to all helping and/or attending.

Check out this great opportunity to see an internationally recognized speaker and get 6 CEs right here in the LC valley!
Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. She was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother died by suicide. She is a nationally and internationally known innovator in social change and has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and the nation’s first initiative for suicide prevention in the workplace. In this presentation, Dr. Spencer-Thomas will prepare clinicians to feel confident and capable to work with suicidal clients and guide them out of the darkness and back into the light.
Register by March 31 to receive the early bird discount!

Our friends at ATVP have their 40 hour volunteer training this March. Click here for the schedule: http://atvp.org/volunteer.shtml

Can you believe that we have now had 24000 client contacts since Sept. 2015? WOWZERS!

The latest writing prompt: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/03/05/write-for-you-when-you-dont-want-to/

Click here for our March calendar: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/march-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.docx.pdf

March 2019 at the Latah Recovery Center.docx