Doors and Shutters


Press Pound to Skip

PROMPT:  Use the repeating line of there are / there is… (what are the things that are in your life?)

Press Pound to Skip by Nathalie Vachon

There are crocuses in my back yard, a clump of purple that keeps grabbing my attention, stopping me in my tracks.  There are flowers that shouldn’t bloom yet; the one I bought two years ago whose name I have forgotten is already showing pink buds.  There are leaves that need raking.  There are thoughts in my head that need to be put to rest.

There are worries; a basement of filing cabinets with sterile walls and florescent bulbs that hum in the background of my life.

There are shoulders that have a hard time falling, releasing, resolving.  There are messages on the answering machine that I have not answered.  Press 1 to listen.  Press 7 to erase.  Press pound to skip.  I skip over so much and there are emotions piling up.  Seems I can’t feel them fully, can’t face them straight on so I press pound to skip…


Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

Another must-see TED talk about vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame


Saying Goodbye

Since July, I have been teaching English to one of the nicest Japanese guys I have ever met.  I have so enjoyed teaching him and having the opportunity in this way to re-connect with Japan.  Last week was our last lesson together and I wrote the following right after.  He will most certainly be missed…

Saying Goodbye – by Nathalie Vachon

Today was our last lesson.  Book 4, Side by Side, Tag questions.  This tea is good, isn’t it?  You like Japan, Don’t you?  This has been great, hasn’t it?  I’m going to miss you, aren’t I?
We focus on the lessons; I correct, help with pronunciation.  But on this day, this last lesson I had to stay focused.  Focus on the letters, the way the words roll off the tongue.  Laugh at the mispronunciation of puppy (not poopy).  Review present continuous.  Take note of how I explain things with my hands.  Remind him how we use ‘a’ the first time we mention something and ‘the’ the second time.  A lion escaped from the zoo.  The lion was captured.

Ignore No Vision (after Maya Angelou)

PROMPT:  Using two lines of a poem written by Maya Angelou to Oprah Winfrey for her 50th birthday (Ignore no vision… and increase your spirit), each writer was to create two lines of inspiration and encouragement to create a group poem.  We picked numbers randomly to decide the order and here is the final poem:

Ignore No Vision – by Sabrina, Catherine, Carol, Alice, Vanessa, Maryaleen and Nathalie

Ignore no vision which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit

Fearlessly, be your own champion
And tend fiercely to your sweet and tender dream shoots

Allow softness to grow your heart open
Accept tininess, accept flaw as the beginnings of power