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Write for You: The First Chapter…

by Nancy Casey

I stopped by the Latah Recovery Community Center the other day, to ask around about what people might be looking for in a writing class. Someone told me that the best writing class they took that had fun assignments like, “Write the first chapter of a story using only words that are one syllable long.”

“How totally cool.” I thought. “I should try that.”

And so should you!

You don’t necessarily have to write the first chapter of a story, but you can. You might decide instead to write about an event or an experience, something you remember, or something that you invent.

Write a page about anything at all, as long as you only use one-syllable words.

If you have trouble deciding what to write about, just begin in the immediate present and describe what’s in front of you. Then go where your imagination carries you—around the room or all over the universe.

This can seem impossible at first. How are you supposed to write about what’s in front of you if you look out the window and see a shovel in the garden? You can’t write window, shovel, or garden! But you can write the clear glass in the wall. You can write the thing I dig with. You can write the place where the plants grow.

You get the idea (or rather, the thought.)

When you have filled a page, 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. There, you can also see an example of a page written with only two-syllable words.

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 Nancy or the Recovery Center for more information or to make a suggestion about the type of class to offer.

April at the Latah Recovery Community Center

We had a little excitement last week at the legislature. THe Joint Finance Committee approved a plan to fund the states 9 Recovery Community Centers to do some rural outreach. Governor still needs to sign, before official. In our case, this funding will be used to outreach our recovery programs to either the Potlatch or Troy areas. If you’d like to know more, contact Darrell at latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com.

The latest writing prompt from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/04/01/write-for-you-one-thing-now-another/

Check out Recovery Radio! Thursdays at 1pm on KRFP, or get the podcast!!!

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.

Here’s our April calendar.

April 2019 at the Latah Recovery Center

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