Finding Your Words

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Words have power.  What makes them powerful is that they express our thoughts and connect us to others.  From an energetic stance, it is a form of manifestation.  Taking the energy from the etheric and bringing it down to the earth plane is creation at its purist.  When we speak, we are casting a spell of sort as we state our intention to the universe. This works for us when we are speaking about things we want to experience, and against us when we are saying things we never hope to live. 

No Rules to Journaling

These days my journaling has no rhyme or reason, but it doesn’t really matter because everytime I sit down in the quiet, open my journal and write, I feel better. The fact that my strategy and topics are all over the place is irrelevant. 

Grateful for tribes

Everyone needs a tribe, and sometimes we need more than one. 

Fred Chappell releases new poetry collection

The purpose of a writer is to take observations on life and distill those sights and sounds into words and sentiments reflecting the way the wind is blowing at a particular juncture in time. 

It’s also a purpose as to show the reader just how common and repetitive the themes of human nature are throughout the centuries and millennia. For we as a species tend to not stray far from our usual thoughts and actions: love and hate, fear and compassion, war and peace. 

The art of writing can certainly be learned

“What we have here is failure to communicate.”

So says The Captain, the warden of a prison, in the movie “Cool Hand Luke” after he knocks Luke down a hill for smart-mouthing him.

A writer’s retreat: GSMA offers writing residency in the Smokies

Steve Kemp moved to the Great Smoky Mountains in 1987 for what would become a 30-year career with the Great Smoky Mountains Association, and following his 2017 retirement GSMA is looking to honor his contributions to the organization through a new writer’s residency. 

“There is a specific skill in writing in a way that engages the reader and inspires curiosity and passion in the reader, and that’s what we want to be able to cultivate,” said Laurel Rematore, executive director of GSMA, “because we’re in the business of helping people to connect with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, connect on an emotional level so they will take care of it.”

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