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This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

National Recovery Month is September-here’s what we’ve planned:
Press Release
September marks the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month in the United States. The Latah Recovery Community Center has plans to recognize recovery in big ways!! The Idaho celebration kicks off with the Idaho Recovery Open Awareness Ride motorcyclists riding into Moscow August 31st. September 14th will be “Family and Teen Mental Health and Substance Info Day” at the Recovery Center. On September 21st, displays will be presented at City Hall showing how “The Opioid Crisis Hits Home”. The month concludes September 28th at the Fairgrounds with a big 4th birthday bash and Recovery Festival celebrating those in recovery. Further information will be released closer to each event. For more information, call the Latah Recovery Community Center at 208-883-1045, visit our website latahrecoverycenter.com, or check us out on Facebook,

We’re still looking for two rural outreach coordinators to work in the Potlatch and Deary/Kendrick areas. This is a part time and temporary one year position. It’s a great chance to make a difference for your community! Search closes on Labor Day. Contact latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for the job description.

The latest writing prompt from Write for You is here: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/08/18/1471/

New podcasts from Recovery Radio can be found on itunes and googleplay.

August Calendar:
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/august-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

Write for You

by Nancy Casey

Set up your page in the usual way by drawing a line across the top where your title will go. Then divide the remaining space on the page into four different areas of roughly equal size. Next, get some scrap paper where you can jot down a few notes.

On the scrap paper, write down the names of four objects that are familiar to you. You can choose something that is right in front of you, or something that you see (or have seen) often.

For each object, write down three descriptive details, that is, short bits of information that tell something about the object. A detail could have something to do with how the object looks or sounds or smells. You could have a detail about the history of the object. You could say something about its function. Any 3 details. A couple of words max. Make them as odd or interesting as you can.

Then begin your actual page. In each of the four spaces you have marked off, write about each of the four objects as if you were an emcee introducing the object for a fabulous performance before a live audience. No need to say what the performance will be, you only need to tell how fabulous the object is.

An emcee must create interest, suspense and excitement in the audience. One trick for doing this is to withhold the name of the object until the very end, so be sure to do that.

Here are some phrases that emcees often use. You can borrow them or think up some of your own.

  • Ladies and gentlemen, appearing next on our stage is one who…
  • Our next guest is one you would be likely to find…
  • … is never a problem for our next guest, because…
  • Tonight we welcome to the stage one who comes to us all the way from…
  • Without our next guest, the world would be…
  • You might find it hard to imagine that…

Your introduction will be short—there isn’t much space provided.  It will only rely on three details. Try to build up the object as something fantastic, marvelous, and perhaps a bit mysterious, before revealing what it is.

When you have finished all four introductions, reread your work. Make small changes if you need to.

If there is not any room for illustration in the spaces where you wrote the introductions, you can add decoration or color to the page by decorating the lines that divide the four spaces.

When you are satisfied with the page, give it a title and write the date on it, too. Here is an example of what someone could write.

You can share your work by posting it as a comment below.  You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here.  If you would like to do this exercise or others like it with a group of people, come to the Write-for-You class at the Latah Recovery Center on Thursdays at 5pm. Anyone can join. Just show up! You can attend just for fun or work to earn a writing certificate. For more information, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

August at the Latah Recovery Community Center

Hard to believe it, but August is almost here!

Your Recovery Community Center has a busy month planned-as you will see by the following calendar.
We are beginning our Veterans and Rural Community Outreach, and have a couple of part time openings. If you are interested contact latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com!
We are also nearing completion of our Crisis Services expansion. Everything is framed, with plumbing and drywall coming soon. Look for that to open in September! This service means we will have a facility for people in a behavioral health crisis to calm down, learn about resources, and receive services for up to 23 hours and 59 minutes. We are partnering with a large number of local service providers as part of the Rural Crisis Center Network to make this happen.

Have you heard of I-ROAR? It’s a statewide motorcycle ride for recovery. Its coming thru town on Aug 31! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iroar-idaho-recovery-open-awareness-ride-tickets-60308681891

Here’s the latest from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/07/30/write-for-you-looming-letters/

Here’s the August Calendar: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/august-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

August 2019 at the Latah Recovery Center

Write for You: Looming Letters

by Nancy Casey

As you set up your page today, think about some of the different things you could write.

What kinds of ideas have been rumbling around in your mind lately? Maybe you could write about them. Maybe you would rather tell a story–from this morning, or from a long time ago. It could be the story of an event you witnessed, an account you heard from someone else, something you have made up, or some blend of all of these. Maybe you would prefer to describe your surroundings right at this moment. You can decide not to write “about” anything at all and freewrite. That is, write down any old thing at all without hardly paying attention to what you are saying.

As your mind wanders over the possibilities for writing, draw a line across the top of the page where the title will go. (Don’t write the title until the very end.)

Then draw some circles on the page. You could draw 10 circles that are about the size of a quarter, or maybe only five of them if you make them larger than that. Spread the circles out so none are exactly touching each other. Arrange them in a way that’s pleasing to you.

Inside each circle, draw a letter. Any letter. All the letters in the circles can spell out a word if you like, but they don’t have to. It’s okay to repeat letters.

Then make each circle and its letter look very decorative. Doodle away inside the circles until you decide it’s time to start writing.

Write about whatever you want. The only requirement is that when you arrive at one of the circles, you have to use that letter next. It might be the first letter of a word, or it might fall in the middle of a word. However it works out, work that letter into your writing.

Keep going until the page is full.

When you have finished writing, reread your work. Make small changes if you need to. Look at each of the letters to see if you’d like to add a bit more decoration. When you are satisfied with the page, give it a title and write the date on it, too. Here is an example of what someone could write.

You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. If you would like to do this exercise or others like it with a group of people, come to the Write-for-You class at the Latah Recovery Center on Thursdays at 5pm. Anyone can join. Just show up!
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