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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/

Write for You: Where’s the Fire?

by Nancy Casey

Fire is warm. It burns. It glows. It can smolder, or explode.

Write a page that describes some of the fires in your life.

What kind of fire keeps you warm as the season gets colder? Many different kinds of things can keep such fires going—wood, electricity, fossil fuels. Do different fires warm you in different ways throughout the day?

Where are the fires that cook your food?

Think about all the things that you see during the day that give off light. What is burning to make that light?

You burn energy inside your body, too. And people talk about neurons that “fire” when we think and act. Do you have a sense of those kinds of fires burning inside you?

Sometimes the word “fire” is used in a descriptive way. What burns inside a person who has a “firey personality?” What happens inside a conversation when it turns into a “firey exchange?”

Where are the flames when you feel a burning desire for something? What kind of spark causes a person to burn with rage? What catches fire when somebody or something “crashes and burns?”

What glows? What shines? Every time you aren’t engulfed in total frozen darkness, there has to be some kind of fire somewhere.

Write about some of the different fires that burn or have burned in your life. From the tiny fires that keep the inner and outer world going. To the big conflagrations that change everything at once. And all the medium-sized fires in between.

When you have filled a page, 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.

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.

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: Present and Past

by Nancy Casey

We often talk about the past and the present as if there is a clear dividing line between the two. Yet the past adds richness and depth to our present moments, so it’s never completely gone.

Today you will write a page that plays with the way the present and the past are braided up together.

Begin with the present. Take in your immediate surroundings. What objects are you aware of? What sounds do you hear? Can you detect any movement? What’s on your mind?

As soon as your awareness lands on something present in your world, write down what it is. It’s best to write whatever comes to mind first, rather than trying to come up with a “good idea.” Any idea will work. Write a line or two.

Then look up, look around, and let your awareness fall on something else that’s in the present tense for you. Drop down about 3 lines on the page and describe what you noticed.

Look up, notice something new, leave about 3 lines of space, and write that down. Fill the page this way—although the page won’t really be “full” because there is a lot of white space in it.

Change to a different color of pen.

Go back to the first thing you have written. In the blank space that follows add some information that has to do with the past.

Read the second thing you have written about the present. Add an idea that has something to do with the past.

Continue that way down the page, adding a thought about the past in the blank space after each thought from the present.

You will end up with a description of a series of present moments, along with some information about how each moment is woven into the past.

When you have finished, read over what you have written and 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.

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.