Documentary by James Cremin

My documentary about the writing class at the City of Hope in Duarte, California based off Julie Davey’s book Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing.
The Pain of Adoption
[4 Jan 2015 | No Comments | 116 views]

There are so many sources of pain, so many reasons that justify the need for our Writing for Wellness program. Here’s Dana’s story:
I was adopted at five days old. When I was three, my mother read me a book that told me I was special. Being adopted meant that I was chosen, and this was better. I would walk around telling everyone I was adopted because I believed it was this wonderful thing.
When I turned twelve, I realized that being [ … ]

Family Matters, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience, Private Anguish, Your Story/Your Legacy

Generational Gap? Not Here!
[28 Nov 2014 | No Comments | 193 views]

“Adorable bambino, cuddling divinely, ever filling Gigi’s heart in joy.  Kassidy love, my nectar, outing passion quite rapturous.  Sunny toddler, unabashedly vivacious, wholly xanthochroid*, yattering zephyr.”

The above response, “Musings on my great granddaughter”, written by our Gigi, perfectly fits our latest home prompt- write a 26 word passage using successive starting  letters in the alphabet, A to Z. But, it doesn’t just do that! It also points out yet another change in our membership. Not only have we integrated horizontally, expanding [ … ]

Class Reports, Lessons Learned, Most Inspirational

Recap of a Writing for Wellness meeting, Ocean Pines, Maryland, 11-10-14
[13 Nov 2014 | No Comments | 621 views]

Home Prompt for 11-10-14. Describe a time when you felt powerful.
Responses included:
– I was asked to speak up on behalf of school parents, and I did it!…
– Just learning to shoot a gun gave me confidence in defending myself against abuse…
– Driving alone to Baltimore, and making it, was transformational…
– He left, but now, finally, I’m in control…
– Finally, women at work could wear pants…
Prompt 1. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. How [ … ]

Class Reports

A Signature Day
[2 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 687 views]

Hand in hand we walk briskly up the curving stone steps, open the heavy wood doors studded with dark metal hinges, and enter.
Far to the left is a large window, curved at the top, and protected at the bottom with a pierced wrought iron frame. Two wood rocking chairs flank the window, just waiting for me. I do not know what these rooms are for exactly, but it seems like a magic place.
My mother walks me straight up to the [ … ]

Class Reports

[15 Aug 2013 | No Comments | 633 views]

One of our members has a story to tell that inspired our group, and should inspire anyone that is struggling in their lives. Although she thinks that any young Mother would do the same to defend her children I think her experience was much more than that. I also think you’ll agree with me.
It was the first Friday in April, I’ll never forget it. I left my home, with my two small children, and went into hiding. I expected [ … ]

Class Reports, Getting On with Your Life, Most Inspirational, Personal Experience, Rediscovering You