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The Shapes

by Nancy Casey

Get yourself situated in a place where there is something to look at. It can be indoors or outdoors. What shapes do you see in front of you?

Instead of taking note of the names of objects you see in front of you, take note of their shapes.

Rather than saying to yourself, “book…tree…pile of laundry,” you could say, “rectangle…triangle…blob.” Or something like that.

Look for rectangles and squares, circles and ovals, triangles and, of course, blobs. Study the blobs. Sometimes they are combination shapes, such as a square glued to an oval. Or a circle with a triangle cut out of it.

Try not to look at things. Look at shapes instead. Don’t say bicycle, ask yourself what shapes that thing is made of.

Set up your page. You can rotate the paper so the page is either wide or long. Draw a line at the top where the title will go.

Draw the shapes you have been looking at. Spread them out across the page more or less the same way they are spread out in front of you. Just the shapes. A circle here, a square there, and so forth.

Don’t try to make the drawing “look like” anything other than a bunch of shapes.

After you have drawn shapes for a while, write something somewhere on the page. You can write something about the drawing or the scene in front of you. You can write about what has drifted into your mind.

After writing a bit, go back to the shapes. Can you add details and more shapes? Some shapes have shadows that are also shapes. Sometimes you can see shapes inside of shapes. Different shapes might be different colors.

When you feel done with shapes, go back to writing. Alternate between writing words and working on the shapes until there is nowhere left to write or draw on the page.

Look over the whole page carefully. Make small changes if you want to. Wait for a title to pop into your mind, and then write it at the top of the page. Write the date on the page, too.

Here is an example of what someone’s page could look like.

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. She taught the Write-For-You writing class at the Recovery Center last summer and will return again in the spring. For more information about classes and writing certificates, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Life has been exciting at the LRC!
Last week our new behavioral health crisis center opened.  We’ve already had several clients come in and that needed to use this safe and secure facility .as a place to calm down, regroup, and start planning how to move forward.
Our rural outreach efforts in Deary/Kendrick and Potlatch are starting to gain some steam-expect All Recovery meetings in each town by the end of the month.
Here are some new or one time offerings coming up in Moscow::1. We have a monthlong series on Time Management and Organization kicking off on Tuesday November 5, from 7-8pm.2. We’re also starting a new monthly “give back” event-this is the recovery community’s chance to give back to our town.  We kick it off with Pay It Back: Leaf Pick-Up Downtown. Wednesday 11/6, 2-4:30.  B.Y.O. rakes and tools!3. Thanksgiving Dinner is 11/21 6-8pm
Our full calendar is here: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/november-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

A Tale of a Table

by Nancy Casey

Tables are everywhere—in homes, workplaces, on downtown sidewalks. Today, choose a table in your life and write about it.

There are many ways you can write about a table. You can tell its history or you can explain the various useful things that it does. Your table doesn’t have to appear “normal.” Some tables get overturned, walked on, or folded up.

Some tables have been sold, lost, or destroyed, but they are remembered.

You can write from the perspective of the table if you like. What does the table think about the faces that hover over it or the things people put on it? Are there things that make it angry, tired or happy? Does it think about the future? Can a tablecloth change its attitude? What does it remember?

While you are thinking about what to write, set up your page. Draw a line where you can put a title after you have finished writing.

Set off an area for an illustration. You can draw a table, of course, but you can also draw anything you want. You can just doodle, or even color the whole illustration space one solid color. When you run your pen or pencil around on the page without any words involved, it relaxes your mind and helps you understand your writing better.

When you look back at your pages, the ones with the drawings look the best—no matter what you drew.

When you have filled the page, reread your work. Make small changes to the writing or the drawing if you need to. 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. She taught the Write-For-You writing class at the Recovery Center last summer and will return again in the spring. For more information about classes and writing certificates, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

November at the Latah Recovery Center

We have a great month planned!
Here are some new or one time offerings planned:

1. We have a monthlong series on Time Management and Organization kicking off on Tuesday November 5, from 7-8pm.

2. We’re also starting a new monthly “give back” event-this is the recovery community’s chance to give back to our town.  We kick it off with Pay It Back: Leaf Pick-Up Downtown. Wednesday 11/6, 2-4:30.  B.Y.O. rakes and tools!

3. Thanksgiving Dinner is 11/21 6-8pm
Our full calendar is here: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/november-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf
Some additional exciting news:  Our new behavioral health crisis center opens 11/1/19.  Look for a grand opening at a later date.
Here is the latest writing prompt from our Write for You group: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/10/28/wondering-where/
A HUGE Thank You to the many businesses that helped us with a very successful Soup’s On! https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/10/29/thank-you-to-our-soups-on-sponsors/

Wondering Where

by Nancy Casey

When you write about what you don’t know, you have an infinity of possibilities to choose from. So infinite, in fact, that it helps to narrow it down. Today, write about what you don’t know by writing sentences or paragraphs that begin, “I wonder where…”

Sometimes we wonder things like where the other brown sock went. We wonder about where a lot of lost things are, even when we don’t expect to find them. Sometimes we wonder where a person is.

You can “wonder where” about the future. Think about planning a trip or moving to a new place. Think about your daily activities. Do you wonder where they will take place in the future?

You can “wonder where” someone or something comes from. Maybe you wonder where a certain idea comes from.

Draw a line at the top of the page where your title will go. Mark off some space on the page for doodling or illustration. Then begin to write.

Write the words “I wonder where…” on the first line of the page and see if you get an idea for what to put next. If you do, keep on writing. If an idea doesn’t come to you immediately, start to doodle or draw and occasionally repeat the phrase, “I wonder where…” An idea for what to write will come to mind.

“Wondering where” always involves thinking about a place. That place can be in the past or the future. It can be a place in your mind, or a place in history. The possibilities are infinite.

Maybe you will write many details about what you are wondering about. Maybe you will move on quickly and wonder about something or someone else. If you feel stuck about what to write, go back to doodling.

When you have filled the page, look it over. Make small changes to the writing or the drawing if you need to. 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. She taught the Write-For-You writing class at the Recovery Center last summer and will return again in the spring. For more information about classes and writing certificates, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.