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LRCC is HIRING! And regular weekly announcements

HIRING
We are hiring two part-time staff as part of a rural outreach program to Potlatch and Deary/Kendrick. This is a part-time, temporary job thru June 2020. If you are knowledgable of either of these communities, and eager to see recovery efforts in our communities grow, WE WANT TO TALK TO YOU! Contact latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for a copy of the job description.

The latest from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/07/23/write-for-you-an-alphabet-of-opposites/

Moscow is fortunate to be hosting North Idaho’s Peer Support Connection Conference this year in September. Register here: https://www.empoweridaho.org/north-idaho-peer-support-connection-conference/

Here’s the July calendar:
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/july-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

Write for You: An Alphabet of Opposites

by Nancy Casey

Today you will write individual words instead of paragraphs or sentences. You will end up plucking words from interesting corners of your imagination, which is often amusing.

Begin by setting up your page:

  • Draw a line across the top where the title will go.
  • Draw a line across the bottom of the page that marks off just enough space for exactly one line of writing.
  • Draw 2 vertical lines down the remaining empty space on the page so that it is divided into 3 columns.
  • At the top of the right-hand column, write the heading “Different.” For the middle column, use the heading “Same.” The left-hand column won’t need a heading.
  • For the left-hand column write the letters of the alphabet (A-Z) down the left-hand edge of the page.

Then begin writing. For each letter of the alphabet in the left-hand column, write down a word that begins with that letter. Any word. You don’t have to think them up in alphabetical order. It’s okay to skip around.

It doesn’t really matter where the words come from. You can…

  • …write a word that is related to something you have been thinking about.
  • …look around you and write down the name of what you see.
  • …close your eyes and wait for a word to pop into your mind.
  • …go to a place where a lot of people are talking and write down words that you hear.

In the Same column, next to each word you’ve written in the alphabet column, write another word that is more or less the same as the first word.

In the Different column, write down a word that is somehow different from the other two.

You might decide to write down all the words in the alphabet column first, and then fill the other two columns. Or you can write down the words for the Same and Different columns right after you add a word to the alphabet column.

It turns out that there are also lots of different possibilities for going in order or skipping around. Mix it up however you like.

What counts as “same” and what counts as “different” are also entirely up to you. There is lots of wiggle room.

After you have filled up all three columns, in the skinny one-line space at the bottom of the page, write some kind of comment. It might be an observation about the process of filling the columns. Or a thought that passed through your mind as you were writing down words. The comment can be anything that pops into your head and fits into the tiny space allowed.

Finally, give your work a title and write the date on it, too. If you add some kind of illustration, you will be glad you did when you look back at the page later.

Here is an example of what a person could write.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. To do that, 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 leads a writing workshop at the Recovery Center on Thursday evenings at 5pm. Anyone can drop in—just show up. You can attend just for fun or work to earn a writing certificate. To sign up or get more information, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

Moscow is fortunate to be hosting North Idaho’s Peer Support Connection Conference this year in September. Register here: https://www.empoweridaho.org/north-idaho-peer-support-connection-conference/

Here’s the latest writing prompt from our Write for You group: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/07/08/write-for-you-invent-something/

Here’s some numbers for ya: since opening Sept. 2015 we have offered 2198 recovery coaching sessions! WOWZERS! Hats off to RJ and her corp of Recovery Peer Volunteers for doing this vital work for our community. Y’all are awesome!

Here’s the July calendar:
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/july-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

Of special note is the beading class by Jeanne Leffingwell on July 8 and 29, 6-7:30; our annual picnic on July 20, 1-5pm at Ghormley Park AND the Latah Co. Historical Society Ice Cream Social on uly 28, 1-4pm at McConnell Mansion. See you!

Write for You: Invent Something

by Nancy Casey

Imagine that you have been given the sudden ability to invent something new. What would it be?

There are lots of ways to invent something and many different types of inventions.

Many inventions are something like machines. You could invent a robot that behaves in a certain way. You could invent something to add to your body that gives you new abilities, such as special glasses or an extra limb.

You don’t have to limit yourself to inventions that obey the laws of gravity, biology, or time. You don’t have any restrictions at all when what you are inventing is imaginary.

Maybe you would like to invent something where you press a button. Press the button and then what happens?

Many inventions do some kind of useful work, such as building something or moving things around. Some inventions aren’t particularly useful. Instead they might do something that is interesting or beautiful.

Not all inventions are for doing things. Imaginary worlds, for instance, simply exist. You could invent one of those.

You could invent a language, or a new way of communicating. You could invent a conversation that didn’t take place and then invent a way to insert it into the past.

A person could invent plants or animals or living creatures that are neither or both.

What would you like to invent? Think about it while you set up your page. Draw a line where the title will go and set off some space for illustration if you like.

Describe your invention. Tell what it looks or tastes or feels like. Is it useful? Silent? Funny? Explain why it’s a good idea. Tell who will appreciate it and who will dislike it. Invent as many details as you can.

If you finish writing about one invention and still have room on the page, write about another one.

When you have finished writing, read over your work. Add decoration and color to the page if you would like. Sometimes a little doodling helps you think up a good title. Write the title at the top of the page and make sure the date is on it 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. To do that, 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 leads a writing workshop at the Recovery Center on Thursday evenings at 5pm. Anyone can drop in—just show up. You can attend just for fun or work to earn a writing certificate. To sign up or get more information, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

July at the Latah Recovery Community Center

Hard to believe the 4th of July is upon us! Celebrate safely. And, stop by the center if you need a safe space. We’ll be open.

Here’s the latest writing prompt from our Write for You group: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/07/01/write-for-you-so-many-coats/

Here’s some numbers for ya: since opening Sept. 2015 we have offered 2198 recovery coaching sessions! WOWZERS! Hats off to RJ and her corp of Recovery Peer Volunteers for doing this vital work for our community. Y’all are awesome!

Here’s the July calendar:
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/july-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

Of special note is the beading class by Jeanne Leffingwell on July 8 and 29, 6-7:30; our annual picnic on July 20, 1-5pm at Ghormley Park AND the Latah Co. Historical Society Ice Cream Social on uly 28, 1-4pm at McConnell Mansion. See you!

 

July 2019 at the Latah Recovery Center

Write for You: So Many Coats

by Nancy Casey

It’s summer, but most of us keep a coat handy. There are still chilly mornings and unexpected thunderstorms. It doesn’t always stay warm after the sun goes down. Before the hot days of midsummer make you forget about most of the coats you have ever owned, write about coats.

Write about a coat that you have worn, or are wearing. A coat you might wear or one you wish you could.

There is a lot to say about a coat. They have so many different features and uses. A coat pocket can have a whole world inside. Certain coats are appropriate—or not—for certain places.

Do you have a coat that you like, or dislike? Do you have a coat that helps you out a lot? A coat that annoys you? Have you ever shared a coat?

Every coat has a history. It was made and then what? Sold, bought, lost, found, borrowed, given away, ripped, mended, worn, dyed, went places…?

What if all the coats in the closet talked to each other?

If you mind travels sideways and starts thinking about a coat of paint, you can write about that. Maybe a coat of paint will remind you of coats of wax, sweat, plastic, dust, and other coats that are coatings.

Some coats are imaginary. Have you ever tried to wrap yourself in a coat of confidence? Sometimes people are burdened by heavy coats of grief. What would it feel like to wear a coat of reverence or pride? What’s it like to take off an imaginary coat?

Write about one coat or several of them. When you have finished writing, read over your work. Add decoration and color to the page if you would like. Sometimes a little doodling will help you think up a good title.

Write the title at the top, and make sure the date is on it 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. To do that, 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 leads a writing workshop at the Recovery Center on Thursday evenings at 5pm. Anyone can drop in—just show up. You can attend just for fun or work to earn a writing certificate. To sign up or get more information, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.