Archive for March 2017

How a writing workshop at Gilda’s Club has helped me find a place of refuge

I have been organizing and facilitating an expressive writing workshop for Gilda’s Club in downtown Chicago. The first six-week session was last fall, and the second is wrapping up next week. Research by James Pennebaker and others shows that expressive writing can help us cope with difficult experiences. From pain and fear to loss and... Read more »

Why I got a tattoo: this raven stands watch

I was born before the generation for whom tattoos are a part of everyday life. As a college English teacher, though, I’ve been exposed to many, many students with tattoos, piercings, and creative haircuts, including the young woman who used three Bic pens (red, blue and black) to “tattoo” her own arm, from wrist to... Read more »