This week’s theme is paradise lost and found…not John Milton’s paradise, but our own.When we consider losses, we may become depressed in this tired, cold season, but by exploring other disappointments in the works of Ann Patchett (The Dutch House) and Robert Frost (“Birches”), hope emerges.
“Birches” was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in August of 1915 and appears in Frost’s third book, Mountain Interval (1916). Considering the underlined portions of the poem (window three) leads us to the ideas of reaching toward, even if we fall short.
Our inspiration window continues the theme of losses, but our ideas window proffers a way up and out. What if all we lose somehow comes back to us? What if the circle, in the words of the old gospel song, is unbroken?
JuliaGregg.com changes at least five of its seven windows weekly, exploring ideas, art, writing, and inspiration. Based on the belief that all art and mystery provide a starting place for creativity, consideration, and healing, this site invites artists and readers to come together to think and create.
About this year’s Summer Soultice and Contact Information:
A special affinity for the written word inspires me to continue to lead writing and creativity workshops, especially the annual Summer Soulstice in honor of J Zach Gregg.
Julia.Gregg3@gmail.com is the contact email for this year’s Soulstice retreat information and guidelines. Reserve one of the limited spots at this beautiful lake house retreat. Please use this same email to contact Julia with any communication for the site or offerings on it.
Located near Franklin, IN, this year’s three-day Summer Soulstice Writing Retreat is made possible through Karen and Niel Ellerbrook’s support of the arts as well as the J Zach Gregg fund. There is no charge for lodging or instruction, and there will be plenty of time to relax and create.
Once you contact Julia Gregg by email to sign up, you will receive more specific location and scheduling instructions. Dates for the Summer Soulstice Retreat are June 18, 19, and 20, and we have room for 15 participants.
We hope to see you there!
Soulstice Workshop Leaders:
Julia Hightower Gregg was a columnist for the Evansville Courier and Press for almost three decades, as well as a teacher, writer, and consultant. She is a founding member of Signature School, where she taught Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate English for 16 years. Wild Sweet Orange Ride was her first book, published by Vineyard Stories in 2014, and Threads, a children’s story, is her second book, published in 2016. She holds a BS from Auburn University, an MS from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and an MFA from Murray State University. She is currently a writer and educational consultant.
THREADS, a children’s book, and WILD SWEET ORANGE RIDE, nonfiction, can be ordered for $19.95 plus $3.05 for postage. Indiana residents include $1.40 sales tax. Mail to 13486 E. 131st St., Fishers, IN 46037.