18 March 2020
Nourish the body. Feed the soul.
Thinking on all the things that fed me these last few days. Yes, the meals shared with my son, but also my brother-man Eric in West Virginia, with his guitar, serenading the world with an Irish song, the silly memes my sister Adaire and I sent back and forth to each other, my young alum Katlyn and her friend selflessly working to collect donations for families and kids in need in quarantine, my current students excitedly discussing their short stories and poems in our online class, my friend Brigid writing a new comic who shared the pages with me, the sound of my friend Lynne’s laughter through the phone, my old dog sleeping on his purple pillow, my silly cat Moco biting my elbow because I was ignoring him, the humming of the bees across the burgeoning green in my yard, the multitude of good people out there doing good work teaching, sharing, cooking, donating–coping, all of them, in beautiful, humane, and community-minded ways.
So much, in the midst of this fear, to feed the soul.
Make art about one thing recently that fed your soul.
21 July 2019
For Mercy has a human heart,/Pity, a human face:/ And Love, the human form divine,/And Peace, the human dress.–William Blake
Make art about mercy, about showing mercy, about receiving mercy, about the power of mercy.
6 February 2018
Thinking a lot today about how the new emerges from the old.
Go back to an old piece of writing, and use the last line of that as the first line of something new.
31 January 2018
Make art about daily actions that show respect for others, about tolerance, about countering divisiveness.
Writing (Extra)Ordinary Grace
August 10-12, 2018
at the fabulous Porches Writers Retreat
Poetry, for me, is one of the ways I pray. But cooking, sewing, gardening, walking my dogs, teaching–these too are all, for me, ways of praying. I learned to recognize and honor Grace in the Everyday from my mama, and this workshop would focus on writing into the Grace in those beautiful, too-often-unrecognized, ordinary moments filling all of our days. Prompts will explore observation & recognition of those personal moments of Grace, using imagery and sensory work to surround & articulate them, capturing the awe & emotional veracity, the role of specificity, subtext and surface narrative,as means to create universality, all in celebration of Ordinary Grace.
$275 for the weekend, includes full weekend’s workshop, tons of prompts and exercises to energize your writing in exciting new ways, take-home printed materials, supper Friday night, light breakfast food for Sat and Sun, and private room lodging.
Please be mindful that last minute cancellations result in empty rooms and lost opportunity for our gracious hostess, herself a writer making her creative and fiscal way through the world. Any cancellation twenty-one days or less before the workshop will require payment in full.
Contact me via email at carrollhackettma (at) gmail (dot) com
Check out the beautiful Porches Writers Retreat HERE
27 January 2018
When I was a child, my parents, who very much lived lives of service, took us little kids with them when they volunteered, at migrant farm camps, at the soup kitchen, while working with refugee families or others, wherever their volunteerism took them. Today, I was blessed to work with amazing parents who are teaching their children by setting the same examples, modeling for them lives of service. The children worked with us, learning what I learned as a kid—that we are, in fact, our brothers’ keepers, and that, yes, a single act of kindness, of service, can make the world a better place.
Make art about what we teach children by our actions.
28 January 2018
Make art about feeling unsafe, about steps you take to make yourself feel safe again, about taking down your own dragons.
26 January 2018
Make art about not being heard.
25 January 2018
Some people’s need runs so deeply that, no matter how you might want to, you can’t fill it, can’t help them.
Make art about deep need.