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Finding Your Balance

February 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Finding Your Balance
A series of workshops to restore and explore balance

Finding balance in university and in life is like finding balance on a bicycle. It’s not something you do with your mind; nor is it something you do once. It’s something you keep finding and correcting as the terrain changes. This is true of any activity: being on a boat, in a car, on your feet, in your life. Everything changes. How do you go forward?

Use writing to look at the geography of your terrain: where you are, when you need to shift gears, where you’re stuck, when you fall, and what it’s like when you’re on the ride.

February 27: Rocking the Boat and Other Reasons We Don’t Ask For What We Want
March 6: Taking Your Whole Self To School
March 13: Writing Your Way Out of A Paper Bag

No special writing experience necessary.

When: Thursdays, February 27th, March 6th and 13th | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Hart House

http://uoft.me/PIC

 

Finding Your Balance:PiC

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A Place to Be

January 31, 2014 · No Comments

If you’d like a place for writing, mindfulness, and quiet, this might be it. An hour and a half with a few poems, a few muffins, a meditation, and no expectation. Led by Cheryl Champagne, who offers Mindful Mondays at CAPS, and Ronna Bloom, Poet in Community, this one-off event is for anyone who needs it.

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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
—-Rumi

Tuesday February 4, 2014
11AM-12:30PM
Career Centre Seminar Room

Register here.

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Emotions, Emoticons….A brand new series starts in January

December 16, 2013 · No Comments

Emotions, Emoticons and Feeling Your Way Through University

We take in new learning through what we hear, study and experience, and things shift: we’re ‘moved’. But what do you do with feelings that arise? Do you send them in a text or write them into an essay? In this series, through writing and investigative mapmaking, explore how feelings shape and bring life to learning.

Wednesdays January 29, February 5, 12, 2014

Noon-1PM

Seminar Room, Career Centre

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In Memory of Nelson Mandela

December 6, 2013 · No Comments

Truth and Reconciliation

Our country chose a middle way

                        of individual amnesty for truth.

–– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

This man knows something
about healing. That the heart
must be torn open again
in front of compassionate witnesses.
That the accused must also step up
and reveal themself.
That no matter how high-pitched
the shrieks, how barren
the voice, everything must be
heard, everything must be
held, in the same room.

©Ronna Bloom
Personal Effects
Pedlar Press, 2000

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Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are

November 4, 2013 · No Comments

The last of the three sessions from the series – ”Am I? — A Writing Series about Identity and Change” happens Tuesday November 5th.

Here’s the description of the series:

Do you ever feel you don’t know who you are? Or who you thought you were no longer fits? We have many identities: one you might have in your family, or others give you, one in your studies, or in the music you love. But we aren’t static, and nothing’s locked down. Like staring into a kaleidoscope, it can be disorienting, but also, maybe, freeing. In these three writing sessions, begin to trace the threads of who you might be. Ask yourself: who am I in this in moment of transition; who am I becoming?Session 1. What They Said About You (or, Whose Autobiography is this Anyway?)
Session 2. I’m Not the Kind of Person Who…
Session 3. Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are

Tuesdays Noon-1PM
October 22, 29, November 5, 2013Open to all U of T students.
Register here: http://uoft.me/poetOr just show up!

 

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Blogged!

October 15, 2013 · No Comments

Tasnim Noman talked to me on the phone from a coffee shop and somehow it worked! She writes about it in

LIVING LEADERSHIP

EVERYDAY LEADERSHIP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO | A STUDENT LIFE BLOG

http://blogs.studentlife.utoronto.ca/livingleadership/2013/10/10/poet-in-community-exploring-self/

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Today: What do you love?

October 10, 2013 · No Comments

Tracking the Threads of What You Love
(Or, where heart meets school, life, and career all in one workshop)
In this workshop, begin to track your passions, hobbies and curiosities; the music, relationships, and even foods that attract and sustain you. Could these experiences provide grounding for your academic work, your life balance, and your career paths? Using poems and questions to spark short writing exercises, illuminate the resources you carry that may also carry you forward into the future.

October 10, 2013
Noon-1:30PM
All current U of T students welcome.

Register here: http://uoft.me/poet

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A Blessing for a (Future) Nurse’s Hands

October 4, 2013 · No Comments

A Blessing for a (Future) Nurse’s Hands

May your hands first and foremost always be clean.
May they be steady enough to landmark an injection.
May they be strong enough to hold someone up.
May they be gentle enough to comfort and heal.

Maria-Rosa Laneve

Maria-Rosa Laneve is a first year nursing student. This poem was written in the first workshop of the season held in September in the department of nursing.

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Tracking the Threads of What You Love

September 16, 2013 · No Comments

Tracking the Threads of What You Love

(Or, where heart meets school, life, and career all in one workshop)

In this workshop, begin to track your passions, hobbies and curiosities; the music, relationships, and even foods that attract and sustain you. Could these experiences provide grounding for your academic work, your life balance, and your career paths? Using poems and questions to spark short writing exercises, illuminate the resources you carry that may also carry you forward into the future.

No special writing experience necessary.

Thursday, October 10th | Noon – 1:30 pm

Open to all current students at the University of Toronto

Register : http://uoft.me/poet

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Meet The Presses

June 9, 2013 · No Comments

Meet The Presses

Monday June 10th
7PM-10PM
The Supermarket
268 Augusta
Kensington Market

Small Press Variety Show!
FREE

Each publishing house gets five minutes to strut their stuff in song, dance or whatever form they like. On behalf of Pedlar Press, I will bring the Spontaneous Poetry Booth to the stage.One volunteer. One poem.

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