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Write for You: Take a Seat

by Nancy Casey

Sometimes we sit to rest. Sometimes we sit and work. We sit on things and under them. We sit beside people and other living things. We sit straight. We slouch. Today, write about some of the places or situations you can imagine yourself sitting.

Set up your page first. Draw a line at the top where the title will go. Set aside some space for an illustration—even if you don’t consider yourself an “artist.” Drawing or doodling will offer an opportunity for your mind to relax and make the most of the ideas that rustle around in your mind while you are writing—even the ideas you never write down.

Chances are you are sitting down to do your writing. You could begin by describing where and how you are sitting right now. Or you can imagine other places you could be sitting. Where do you like to sit?

Can you imagine yourself sitting with someone? A friend? A character from a book? A person who no longer walks the earth?

How do you like to sit? Do you curl one or both legs under you? Plant your feet on the floor? Cross your ankles? Lean back into pillows or a soft chair? Would you rather sit on the floor? Would you rather sit outside or inside?

If you could sit anywhere, real or imagined, where would that place be? What would you see from that spot—buildings, bicycles, flowers, frying pans, someone you know? What would you hear? What would you be wearing?

Where have you sat in the past? Is there a place where you used to sit often? Is there anywhere you will never sit again? What do you remember about sitting in these places?

Write anything at all about your sitting self. You can write the full truth as you remember it, or you can write something entirely made up.

Maybe your writing will come out like a list, or series of sentences that begin something like, “I would sit…” Perhaps you will have so much to say about one particular place to sit that you will fill up the whole page describing it.

However your writing comes out, add some kind of doodle or illustration to the page. Often, while you are drawing, a good title will occur to you. Make sure the date is on the page 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. 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.

Answering Questions Raised by Todays Daily News Article

I have received a number of questions about the Latah Recovery Center raised by Bill Spence’s recent Daily News article.

The article painted an accurate picture of how Idaho’s 9 Recovery Community Centers started, funding history, current funding efforts and portrayal of the difficulties of keeping the 9 centers funded. Some centers have had to move, reduce staff, furlough, etc to make their budgets work.

I concur with everything stated in the article.

It fell short in explaining what the Centers proposed for Millennium Funding this year. This note explains how the Latah Recovery Center is funded, current Millennium Fund request, and the local impact on our Center of Governor Little’s budget re-directing the Millennium Fund.

How is the Latah Recovery Center funded?
We currently budget 30% of our money to come from local individuals and businesses. This comes from our annual Fundraising Breakfast on March 6, and Soups On! in the fall. 65% of our budget comes from various government entities. We have excellent support from Latah County, and participate in a statewide contract with all 9 Recovery Community Centers from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The remaining 5% of our budget comes from generous support by Gritman, and other grants.

None of this years budget came from the Millennium Fund.

What did the Millennium Fund Proposal Request?
This years application was made by Idaho’s 9 Recovery Community Centers to provide outreach to our surrounding rural communities. Specifically, the Latah Recovery Center hopes to outreach to the White Pine, Genessee and Potlatch areas. This outreach was to include recovery coaching, meeting space, etc.

If the Millennium Fund funds our proposal, we will expand our current budget to provide these extended services.

If the Millennium Fund does not fund our request, it does not impact the Latah Recovery Center’s current operations. We will continue to look for ways to fund the desperately needed outreach to our states rural citizens that all quoted in the article agree is needed.

If you have any questions, please contact me.dnews on mill fund not being funded in 2020 budget

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

We have a new group starting: Mental and Addiction Self Help group Wednesdays, 4-5pm. Apply basic skills to mental health and addiction recovery. Open meeting so everyone is welcome.

The latest writing prompt from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/01/15/write-for-you-no-such-thing/

Our annual fundraising breakfast is March 6, 7am at the Best Western. No cost, but we hope you’ll attendees will make a donation. Please RSVP. If you’d like to be a table captain contact Darrell at this email address.

Want to learn how to couch people in recovery? We have the training for you.
We are offering our Recovery Peer Volunteer Training pts. 1 and 2 on January 23 and 30, 6-9pm. Topics include:
A. Defining Recovery?
B. Communication
C. Crisis Intervention
D. Stigma
E. Recovery Capitol
F. Emphasizing Strengths
G. Stages of Change
H. Dealing with Drama
I. Creating a Recovery Wellness Plan
Seating is limited. Please RSVP LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com.

Here’s our January calendar:
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/January-2019-at-the-Latah-Recovery-Center.pdf

Write for You: No Such Thing

by Nancy Casey

If you made a list of everything that exists, it would be pretty long. Would a list of all the things that might exist be even longer? The list of things that can’t possibly exist is probably the longest of all. Those are the things you will write about today.

The phrase that you will use to push yourself along is, “There is no such thing as…”

First, set up your page by drawing a line across the top where the title will go. Mark off some space for an illustration or doodle that you can add later. That space can be any shape that you want.

Then get started. Write the words, “There is no such thing as…” While you are writing them, an idea for finishing the sentence will probably occur to you.

What can’t possibly exist? Gazillions of things. If you have a hard time thinking them up, jiggle your mind a little bit to loosen its hold on the way things ought to be.

Look at something in front of you. Ask yourself what it isn’t. (There is no such thing as a couch that does the dishes.)

Think about the story of your life, past, present, and future. What is definitely not going to be happening to you? (There is no such thing as a person turning into a muffin.)

Think about the laws of the universe and all the things that don’t happen because of them. (There is no such thing as a human swimming to Mars wearing only a hat.)

After you have thought up an impossible thing, write another sentence that adds to it or comments on it a little bit. For instance, if a person wrote, “There is no such thing as money growing on trees.” For the added part, they could put, “Because if there were, I’d be out there harvesting right now.” Or they could add, “But it sure could be fun if I was wrong.” Or, “Even if you use lots of pennies for fertilizer.”

Continue filling up the page, first naming something that doesn’t exist, and then expounding on it a little bit.

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add an illustration or other decoration and color to the page. 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.

Latah Recovery: Need YOUR Help!

LRC Supporters:

We have two items we could use your help with:
1. Our fundraising breakfast is March 6, 7am. Last year 35 table captains brought over 250 attendees! We plan to beat that this year. We need your help to do it. Contact Darrell (latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com) if you’d like to learn about being a table captain.

2. Want to learn how to coach people in recovery? We have the training for you.
We are offering our Recovery Peer Volunteer Training pts. 1 and 2 on January 23 and 30, 6-9pm. Topics include:
A. Defining Recovery?
B. Communication
C. Crisis Intervention
D. Stigma
E. Recovery Capitol
F. Emphasizing Strengths
G. Stages of Change
H. Dealing with Drama
I. Creating a Recovery Wellness Plan
Seating is limited. Please RSVP LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com.