Beading Class Tonight!

We have a fun workshop tonight being offered by local artist Jeanne Leffingwell. Stop by the Center tonight at 6pm for a Bead Workshop!

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Another cool offering this week: Write for You Writing Support Group is Thursday, 5pm. Click here for this weeks writing prompt:
https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/06/10/write-for-you-growth-and-growing/

Don’t miss Recovery Radio 1pm on Thursdays on KRFP! Or download the podcast.

For our full calendar of activities in June click here:
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/june-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

Write for You: Growth and Growing

by Nancy Casey

It’s early summer. The grass is growing so fast it is laughing. It’s a perfect time to celebrate that peculiar kind of change that infuses everything in the world—growth.

What does it mean for someone or something to grow? In some cases you can see it—a person, animal or thing can get larger before your very eyes. Children get taller. Our hair and nails make themselves a bit longer each day. In the evening, shadows grow.

Growth is not just a matter of size. Sometimes growing involves becoming more complex. Think of what happens to a seed underground. Or the way new leaves, whole branches, flowers and fruit add themselves to trees and bushes. Slime at the edge of a pond grows into a pollywog and then into a frog.

You can’t always see or measure growth. A person’s intelligence can grow, so can their store of knowledge or their ability to interpret and act on their emotions. Strength and competence grow somehow inside people. Grief and love grow. As does illness. Plant roots grow underground. Mold grows best in the dark. So do night-blooming flowers.

The fact that things grow is part of the larger understanding that nothing ever stays the same forever. But nothing keeps growing forever. Everything that grows eventually stops growing.

Today, as you set up your page, marking off space for a title and an illustration, think about all the different things that can grow and all the different ways they do that. Ask yourself what makes something stop growing.

Draw or doodle in the illustration space if that helps you quiet your mind and think.

Write about one thing that grows. Explain how it grows and why. Tell what makes it stop growing and what happens then. Use the word “grow.” Use the word “until.” Add any other information that comes to mind. An example, perhaps. Or a story.

If you have room on the page, write about something else that grows. Again, use the words “grow” and “until.” Explain how. Explain why. Explain whatever you want.

If you still have room on the page, choose something else and write about how it grows. Keep writing until the page is full.

When you have filled up a page, read over your work. Add whatever decoration and color the page needs. Sometimes a little doodling will help you think up a good title. Write the title at the top of the page and make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Here is an example of what a person could write.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. To do that, 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 leads a writing workshop at the Recovery Center on Thursday evenings at 5pm. Anyone can drop in—just show up. You can attend just for fun or work to earn a writing certificate. To sign up or get more information, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.
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National Mental Health Awareness Month Walk and other activities at the LRCC

Did you know it’s national Mental Health Month? Participate in our community Mental Health Awareness Walk on the 29th. It starts at the LRCC, goes to the 1912 Center and back to Friendship Square. Free food, inspirational speakers and a nice walk. The only thing we don’t guarantee is the weather! See you there.

The latest writing prompt from Write for You. See our calendar for writing group meeting times. https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/05/28/write-for-you-what-it-isnt/

We have new podcasts of Recovery Radio available on I-Tunes and GooglePlay.

Here’s our calendar: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/may-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

Write for You: What It Isn’t

by Nancy Casey


Stop by the Recovery Center at 5pm on Thursdays this summer to check out what happens in the Write For You writing class. It’s free and open to anyone. We do exercises like the one below. People can experiment with different kinds of writing and see what works best for them.


Writers often focus intently on an object or an idea so that they can describe it exactly as they perceive it. Today you will do the opposite of that. Instead of training your awareness on what something is, you will let your mind relax and consider the infinite possibilities of what something isn’t.

This is a chance to let your imagination roam all over the place. It’s also an opportunity to outlandish or silly.

Begin with something that is right in front of you. Any old object will do: a plant, a table, a smudge on the wall. Anything. Imagine that you chose the smudge. Then you would begin…

The smudge on the wall is not…

After that, you are free to add just about anything else, as long as it doesn’t describe the smudge on the wall. Perhaps the smudge on the wall is not the remnant of a chocolate chip cookie. It isn’t the Milky Way Galaxy, either. It’s also unlikely to be anybody’s great-grandfather.

After you have written that much, expand it a bit. You can add because and explain why. You could add qualifications that begin with words like unless, until or except. You can start a new phrase with if, however, although, or when.

After you have written a couple of lines, pause and reread. What you have written can be said to have two “leaps” in it. The first leap says what the thing isn’t. The second leap is in the (possibly absurd) explanation that follows. Each leap is an opportunity to take a giant step in your imagination. Did you range far from your initial idea?

Pluck one word from what you just wrote, start a new line, and write down what the new thing isn’t. Add a bit of explanation just like you did the first time. Pause. Reread. Choose a word from the last part you wrote. Begin the next section by describing what that newest word isn’t.

Work you way down the page that way. Allow your mind to let go of the obligation to write “about” anything. Just wander and discover how many places your path will go. When you have finished, reread everything. You might discover that you wrote “about” something after all. Or maybe not.

Whatever your writing seems to be “about,” add some kind of illustration or decoration to the page and give it a title. Write the date on it 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. To do that, 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. Anyone can drop in for the Thursday writing class she teaches at the Recovery Center at 5:00. For more information about other opportunities for writers, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

LRCC in the news: https://lmtribune.com/northwest/crisis-center-coming-to-moscow/article_fb627c6e-838c-5a85-bab7-d1ce2a3d2397.html

Did you know it’s national Mental Health Month? Participate in our community Mental Health Awareness Walk on the 29th. It starts at the LRCC, goes to the 1912 Center and back to Friendship Square. Free food, inspirational speakers and a nice walk. The only thing we don’t guarantee is the weather! See you there.

We have new podcasts of Recovery Radio available on I-Tunes and GooglePlay.

Here’s the latest writing prompt from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/05/20/write-for-you-no-pain/

Here’s our calendar: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/may-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

New groups at the Latah Recovery Community Center:
1. We’re starting writing classes on Thursdays! https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/05/06/write-for-you-thursday-evening-writing-classes-start-soon/
2. Veterans Coffee and Bitch Session is now meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the American Legion Cabin on Howard St.
3. There will now be an AA Big Book Study Tuesdays, 11am.

FUN WITH NUMBERS:
Since opening we have had 26347 client contacts. People have attended one of our groups or classes 22000 times! We’ve had over 2000 free recovery coaching sessions.

The full calendar can be found here:
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/may-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf