Thankful Thursday

Hello, it's Thankful Thursday! Please join me in a pause to express appreciation for people, places, things and more. 

What are you thankful for today? 



Love that line!


Is this what it comes down to? 

Does the confidence to walk freely

under the sun grow out of knowing

you have a place to sleep

when night returns?


Lessons from the Borderlands by Bette Lynch Husted
a collection of memoir-essays on poverty and class 

Read an interview and excerpt here




Things that make me

reminder no. 8 • a series by drew myron


This is one in a series of reminders that serve as notes to myself (and now you). Consider this a public service announcement, or just one more thing to disregard.

Reminder, a series by Drew Myron: 

No. 1 - Note to Forgetful Self

No. 2 - What's Your Trick?

No. 3 - Secrets of the Slim

No. 4 - What I Don't Know

No. 5 - The Myth of Patience

No. 6 - If I Am

No. 7 - To Do



On Resilience

So many people whose lives are flourishing around us proceed from a resilience born from tragedy, trauma, and deep loss. . . In speaking with survivors about sexual violence and its aftermath, I’ve come to appreciate the word resilience

Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery, talks about resilience and suggests 3 Good Books on the theme. 

See 3 Good Books at Push Pull Books



Hey Neighbor, Got a Poem?  


It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,

A beautiful day for a neighbor . . .

Since we're together we might as well say:

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?

Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,

Won't you please?

Please won't you be my neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor 
by Fred M. Rogers


With over 80 designated neighborhoods, Denver is flush with friendly corners, hidden gems, and sketchy stretches. Tell us about yours!

The Denver County Fair Poetry Contest, in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Tattered Cover Book Store, is looking for poems on the theme of Neighborhood. 

Poems may be any style and length — but must relate to the Neigborhood theme. Contest is open to any adult with a Colorado address. Poems must be previously unpublished and have not received awards in other competitions. One poem per entry fee. Multiple entries accepted. All judging is blind.

Poems are read by a panel of literary professionals, including Vicki Hellmer, Dee McDonald and Joseph Hutchison - Colorado’s Poet Laureate!

Deadline:  July 15, 2016.

First Place: Blue Ribbon + Lighthouse Writers Workshop Gift Certificate + Tattered Cover Gift Token + $20 + featured in Poetry Performance

Second Place: Red Ribbon + Tattered Cover Gift Token + featured in Poetry Performance

Third Place: White Ribbon + Tattered Cover Gift Token + featured in Poetry Performance

Finalists: Tattered Cover Gift Token + Featured in Poetry Performance  

BONUS! Winning poems will be displayed as public art installations as part of Write Denver, a cool new project of Lighthouse Writers. 

How to Enter: 

1. Get Competition Info here:!enter/c1ila

2. Use the online entry form to pay your $5 fee:
This provides you with FREE ADMISSION to the Fair.

3. Submit your poem by July 15 via email to:

Include your name, address, telephone number and confirmation code (proof of payment).

Attach the poem in a Word Document or paste in the body of your email.

Winning poems will be on display at the Denver County Fair, July 29 - 31 2016, and winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at the Denver County Fair Poetry Performance on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Poem Entry Deadline: July 15, 2016

Finalists Announced: July 28, 2016 by email

Winners Announced: Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Denver County Fair

Winning Poems Displayed at the Denver County Fair, July 29 - 31, 2016

Winners & Finalists Poetry Performance: 12pm on Sunday, July 31, 2016


For more info: Drew Myron, Director of Poetry,