This Month at the Latah Recovery Center

Soup’s On! wrap-up: A hearty THANK YOU! to all that made the event a success! We couldn’t have done it without these generous restaurants: Bloom, The Breakfast Club, Gritman Café, La Casa Lopez, Mikey’s, Moscow Food Co-op, Nectar, and Season’s! Our business sponsors also helped a lot. Way to go PACT EMS and Gritman Medical Center.

Here’s this weeks Write for You writing prompt: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/10/29/write-for-you-put-a-pillow-under-it/

Don’t miss Recovery Radio! Thursdays, 1pm on KRFP. Catch the podcast anytime on GooglePlay and iTunes.

This months specials:
11/12, 4-5pm Eat Smart Idaho Nutrition Class
11/11, 5pm PEER Social Activity: WSU Planetarium Mayan Calendar Talk (RSVP rodsprague@nethere.com)

Here’s the full calendar: November 2018 at the Latah Recovery Center

Write for You: Put a Pillow Under It

by Nancy Casey

It’s common to sleep with a pillow under your head at night. Then your head rests on something soft and your neck is supported.

Lots of us use other nighttime pillows, too. A pillow between the knees or rolled up against the spine helps some people with back pain. People with injuries or aches often find it soothing to put a pillow under the part that hurts.

Lots of chairs have built-in pillows. Sometimes we add more: behind the low back and under the feet or wrists.

When you see images of someone healing from sickness or injury, you are likely to see pillows. Maybe you have been that person and you remember your pillows.

Pillows make life a tad easier. Bringing someone a pillow is often a gesture of kindness. In cartoon-heaven where everything is perfect, people wander around on billowy, pillowy clouds.

Today, write about the many different places you could and do put pillows.

Perhaps you will explain personal pillow discoveries and describe where you habitually put the pillows that give you comfort, either asleep or awake. Maybe you will tell about pillows that you have arranged for someone else.

You could also write about imaginary pillows. Can you think of a situation that would be a whole lot better for everyone involved if somehow a few pillows could be slipped under it?

Maybe you know someone who has something stressful and important coming up, like a job interview or a big exam. Maybe it’s someone who is having difficulties in their life. Maybe that “someone” is you, maybe not. Where could you put an imaginary pillow and how would it ease things along? If you could give the pillow special powers, what would they be?

Imagine all the different ways—big and small—you could change the world by adding pillows. Write about some of them.

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add 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. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. 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—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Soup’s On! is this Wednesday 11-2 at the 1912 Center. Tickets are $20. Buy them in advance at the LRC, or at the door! Participating restaurants:
Moscow Food Coop: Roasted Red Pepper and Coconut soup with rolls and bread.
Gritman Café: Greek Lemon Soup
Mikey’s: Vegetable Chili
Bloom: Creamy Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup w/Baguettes
Breakfast Club: Brocolli Cheddar
Nectar: Surprise!!!
La Casa Lopez: Sopa de Lentejas Mexicana and Bolillo rolls
Seasons: Pesto Lemon Chicken w/Orzo

This weeks FUN from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/10/22/write-for-you-sleep-habits/

Get a weeks worth of inspiration from Recovery Radio on KRFP Thursdays at 1pm. Or download the podcast! GooglePlay and iTunes.

This Weeks Specials:
10/23, 7am Coffee with a Cop
10/24, 4pm Organization and Task Mgmt
10/27, 10-12 Learn How to Crochet and Calm Your Mind

The ENTIRE calendar:
https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/10/01/october-at-the-latah-recovery-center-2/

Write For You: Sleep Habits

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by Nancy Casey

Many different types of habits and rituals come and go from our lives, but the one habit that we have kept since the day we were born is the habit of sleeping.

Most of us sleep for at least a quarter of the day. Maybe a third. Maybe more. Every day.

Today, write about some of the things that you do that have to do with sleeping.

How do you know it’s time to sleep? Do you sleep at the same time every day? How do you get ready? What do you wear? Do you have favorite pillows and positions? Do you dread it or look forward to it? Do you take naps?

When we are asleep we lose most of our awareness of the world around us. But not all. Sometimes we have to roll over and adjust the pillow or the covers. All sorts of discomforts can intrude—from aches and pains to having to use the bathroom. Sometimes our sleeping selves listen for sounds made by others in the household. What kinds of things are you aware of, even when you are asleep?

Some people talk in their sleep. Others get out of bed and do things without waking up. Does that ever happen to you?

What is waking up like for you? Do you bolt out of bed at the first sign or wakefulness, or do you emerge in slow stages? If you use an alarm, how do you react to it? Do you have any habits or rituals about the way you transition from being asleep to being fully awake? What happens when they are disrupted?

What do you do when you go to bed and sleep doesn’t come? Some people get up and do something else until they are tired. Some people lay there and fret. Some people have restful and sleep-inducing practices that they do in their beds, such as breathing, counting, or reciting poems and prayers. Perhaps what you do when you can’t sleep depends on what you know you need to do the next day.

What do you do when your whole body wants to be asleep, but the situation says you can’t? Situations like driving, taking care of children, or being at work, for example. Are there situations that always make you want to sleep? What are you like when you don’t get enough sleep?

Even though everyone sleeps, sleeping patterns are personal and often unique. Pick one aspect of your sleeping life and describe it. Maybe you’ll fill a whole page writing about that one thing. Perhaps your page will look more like a list with many different details about your sleeping patterns. Maybe you will write about a dream you’ve had.

Whatever you end up writing, when you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add 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. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. 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—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Soup’s On! A Tasting to Benefit the Latah Recovery Center is 10/24 at the 1912 Center. These SOUPER restaurants are providing the soup and bread:
The Breakfast Club
Gritman Cafe
La Casa Lopez
Mikey’s
Moscow Food Coop
Nectar
Seasons Public House
Tickets are going fast. Get yours by calling the LRC at 208-883-1045. Or, just stop in and by them at the front desk. It’s gonna be SCRUMPTIOUS!

Here’s the latest writing prompt from Write for You! https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/10/15/write-for-you-wheres-the-fire/

Remember: Recovery Radio is on KRFP EVERY Thursday, 1:05-2pm.

In addition to our regular offerings we have some REALLY INTERESTING stuff coming up!
10/23, 7am Coffee W/A Cop
10/24 11-2 Soup’s On! A Tasting Benefitting the LRC
10/24, 4pm Organization and Task Management Workshop

Our full calendar is here: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/10/01/october-at-the-latah-recovery-center-2/

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

The latest Writing Prompt from Nancy Casey/Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/10/09/write-for-you-present-and-past/

Here are some upcoming special events:
Tues. 10/23, Coffee With a Cop
Wed. Oct 24 Soup’s On! Join the Latah Recovery Center for a soup tasting fundraiser on Wednesday, October 24. For just $20, community members can sit down and share a lunch of locally made soup and bread from Bloom, Breakfast Club, Casa Lopez, Gritman Café, Mikey’s, Nectar, or Seasons. Founding sponsor is PACT EMS. To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, call 208-883-1045.
Thursdays, 1pm on KRFP 90.3fm Recovery Radio
Thursdays 5-6:30 Recovering Parents group

Full October Calendar:
https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/10/01/october-at-the-latah-recovery-center-2/

Write for You: Ask About Your Surroundings

by Nancy Casey

Today, you are going to write questions, lots of questions. Questions you do not know the answer to. To think up questions, you will begin with your surroundings.

Look at something in front of you—whatever your glance happens to land on—and ask a question about it. Any question at all, as long as you don’t know the answer. If at first it seems like you can’t think up a question, give yourself time, a question will come to mind.

For example, if your glance happened to fall on a book, you might be able to ask a question like one of these: Where was it printed? What’s the tenth word on page 56? What is the author like? When will I get a chance to read it? Should I keep it or give it away? Who got it so dirty? How many minutes has it been sitting there?

Your question doesn’t have to be profound. It doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you. You aren’t obliged to find out the answer. Any old question will do.

You can ask a question that begins with: What if…? How many…? When…? Do…? Will…? Can…?

You can ask a question about the past, the present or the future.

Just look at something in front of you and ask a question about it. Then look at something else and ask another question. Fill up the page that way.

Sometimes when a person starts to do this, their mind begins to wander and they think up questions about things that aren’t in front of them. If that happens to you, write down those questions, too. When you run out of questions and don’t know what to ask next, look at something in front of you and ask a question about that.

When you have filled the page with questions, read them over. If there is space, and if there is time, and if you feel like it, draw the answer to one of the questions somewhere on the page.

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

Please share what you have written. Post 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. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. 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—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.