THE GOOD NEWS by Thich Nhat Hanh

Today for our Tuesday lunch poem we read the THE GOOD NEWS by Thich Nhat Hanh.  After discussion we wrote our own list of good news that we want to share.  Here is our version of the poem:  The good news they do not print. The good news we do print. We have a special

Favorite Poems

Amanda (l) with Companions Pat and Sarah, and volunteer Diana. Here is a list of our favorite poems from this year’s Tuesday Poetry Lunch.  Amanda Solche comes each week with a poem.  Yesterday was her last day for this school year.  She will be back in the fall.  Thank you Amanda for sharing these words

I’m Alive! I Believe In…

Ed note:  Every Tuesday Amanda Solch, a Bates student who volunteers at the center, brings a poem for lunch. This week we read and discussed “I’m Alive, I Believe in Everything” by Lesley Choyce.  We then wrote a group poem in the same style. I’m alive!  I believe in… You, music, friendship, myself, comedy, tomorrow,

The Center

Women’s faces, Seeking….. Peace Acceptance Embraces? Women’s eyes Searching….. Fearful, Courageous, Wise. A step through the door Means a step to new life; Breathing freely Finding others Learning new ways Beginning new days Seeing oneself in a different light. Who are these women? They are you and me Waiting for someone To say we belong

For Women

For women abused, and women used, For women in tears and women with fears, For women neglected and women not respected, For women despised and women patronized, For women here and women everywhere, May they know Your loving presence among them, through us.    Amen. -by Sr. Maureen Hurley, DW

I’m Not Your Puppet on a String

Not Your Puppet on a String… – Judy Smith I am me… That is all I can be… All that you see… Is all I can be… So you tool… I am not your fool… I have no strings for you to pull… No strings to make me sing and dance… I am not here


Sisters – by Bonnie My sister Sue – she died of cancer. My sister Darlene – she’s loving life. My sister Joyce – she makes me laugh. My sister Kathy – is my friend. My sister Keri – is my friend too. My sister Sue – I’ve known four years. My sister Lore – she

My Recipe for a Good Day

My Recipe For How To Have a Good Day -by Laura Starbird A heart full of hope, a soul full of joy, A sky full of sunshine for all to enjoy. A house filled with warmth from family and friends Where peace always rules and love never ends. A mind full of goals to reach

What I see at the women’s center

I come in weak and leave here strong. Come in crawling, leave with my head up high. What I see at the Center… education listening Not talking relax friendship love caring support prayers dancing safe place crying happiness prayers sadness quiet place peaceful loving woman only no men self esteem guidance spirituality fellowship get healthy



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