Topic 33: parkinson's & therapeutic writing links
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One thing I discovered very early in my life as a Parkinsonian... People living with Parkinson's are a very creative lot! Over the years I've noted a seemingly greater than "normal" percentage of us are "writers".
My first recollection in this regard was a book of Essays I was given shortly after diagnosis. That book was Patient Perspectives on Parkinson's - A Series of Essays By Sid and Donna Dorros. I still have it!
I also became a subscriber to the e-mail PARKINSN List. There I found many talented wordsmiths, Dennis Greene, Barbara Blake-Krebs, Joan Blessington Snyder, Jerry Finch, David Boots, Barb Mallutt, Bob Armentrout, Janet Paterson, Kees Paap, Camilla Hewson Flintermann, & John Bjork's saga A View From The Lighter Side of Parkinson's Disease from Parkinsaw, MI
to name just a few... Then, in August, 2002, I read this Article...
As Easy As ABC! The Power of Therapeutic Writing
Easy As ABC
When this piece was brought to my attention, suddenly it all made sense... Of course!! Writing is Therapeutic!! I typed that phrase into the GOOGLE Search Box on my browser...
Writing is Therapeutic
Fitness Past Fifty!
I have found that keeping busy is very important to Parkinsonians, and keeping busy in a positive manner contributes to Quality of Life! Remember the wise words of your elders ... "An idle mind is the workshop of the Devil himself!" echo in my ears. Writing is a wonderful therapeutic tool for overall mental health and time passes unbelievably swiftly when seized by the compulsion of a "Project" (this web site is an example...)
What is the Power of Writing?
How do we get started? (All you really need is paper and a pen...) We could take an online course...
Margie Davis's Online Writing Courses
Check out Poems by Bob "Tex" Armentrout - genuine creativity!
Check out RhymeZone rhyming dictionary and thesaurus!
Check out the humor in the inspired writing of David Boots aka Chris Kinesia...
Many Parkinsonians have written entire books...
Read the stories behind Voices From the Parking Lot
Read the Forward by Robin Elliot.
To order copies of "Voices from the Parking Lot" - parkinsonís insights and perspectives
Voices From the Parking Lot
"When Parkinsonís Strikes Early: Voices, Choices, Resources and Treatment" by Barbara Blake-Krebs and Linda Herman
Carey Christensen calls those PWP's who somehow manage to describe the essence of living with PD "PD Translators" - not only is writing therapeutic for themselves and others with PD, but it is also valuable in helping those without PD understand this crazy disease - a hard thing to do...
Now you'd like a little Chaucer? Check out the li'l CT redhead's considerable talent at the "October Mourning" web site.
We could write a request for National Medicare Coverage for Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's... Dr. Barry Green of Tyler Texas did just that... on behalf of 8,000 others...
Barry Green also collaborated on the book "Parkinson Predicament & a Spoonful of Sugar: My Life with Parkinson's Disease" by Barbara Coleman, Barry Green, et al; 1997 and is the editor and publisher of an independent tabloid newspaper by and for Parkinsonians "Parkinsonian People" now in it's eighth year! How can you get a copy? Write to:
4801 Richmond Road,
Tyler, Texas 75703
Read about it in PDF News. (Scroll WAY down to Parkinsonian People...)
Parkinsonian People is a non-profit and relies on contributions and donations to make ends meet... and... you just might find a piece by Marge Moylan, or Linda Herman, or Murray Charters?
You could write An Introduction to Therapeutic Metaphors to give folks an understanding of what a therapeutic metaphor is (hence, the "intro"); and then offer some actual metaphors to use to help reduce all kinds of upset feelings.... Bill Giddings did...
The link will take you to some easy-to-follow self-help techniques that can help reduce all kinds of upset feelings. Check it out if if you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, angry, depressed, scared, worried...or just plain stressed--or if you know someone else who is.
You could "create" an entire web site from "scratch"... Phil Tompkins did...
PD seems to unleash or release the creative talent in many of my Parkinsonian friends... Explore the creative genius liberally displayed on this truly marvelous web site!
PD Creativity I love the "films"!
And... Speaking of unleashing creative talent reminds me of
an eZine - Virtuality!
or... check out this remarkably informative web site produced by another "cyber-acquaintance"...
Some Interesting and Useful Web Links
Contains annotated web links for free, informative, and regularly accessible sites.
Do ya have to be a Dr. or have a degree or two? I don't think so... (I'm a mechanic...) There are tons of "tools" online, and you could just write for yourself... or... if you look closely, there are tools to help you assist your grandchildren with their homework assignments...
Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow
The therapeutic writing (aka journal writing) courses at Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow are based on research which shows that writing deep thoughts and feelings about stressful events can help people reduce stress, have more positive outlooks, and boost their immune systems.
Literary Resources on the Net
Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors
OWL - Online Writing Lab - Internet Resources
OWL - Online Writing Lab - Research and Reference
This section has links to dictionaries and style manuals, online references, indexes for writers, online libraries, online books and e-texts, and online newspapers and journals.
Online Tools To Help You Write
Harvard - The Writing Center - Writing Tools
Can't go to Harvard you say? What about the University of Montana?
Writing Center at the University of Montana
WriterKorner - Articles, Tips, and Tools for Writers-in-Waiting
Writers' Online Resources
Tips Techniques and Checklists
Readers and Writers Resources
The Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism
Indispensable Writing Resources
A Complete Collection of Writing Essentials
Welcome to the Writer's Resource Center
Sell Writing Online (SWO)
The Technical Writer's Resource
Fiction Writer's Resource Page
Newbie Writer's Resource
Newbie Writer's Resource Pages - PDF Version
Map (Media Awareness Project)Inc. - Writer's Resources
Grammar Bytes! Interactive Grammar Review!
iTools - We've replaced our Research-It! and Find-It! pages with better tools.
Information Please for Teachers
The Writers Page - Writers Resources Online
The 101 Best websites for Writers for 2003
Best websites for 2002 - Complete A-Z List
Best websites for 2001 - Complete A-Z List
The WritersDigest.com Advice Archives - Visit our Tip of the Day Archives for tips on everything from dialogue and plot to selling your work.
Scroll down the page (from the link above) and in the left column near the bottom, discover a MENU...
- Electronic Publishers
- For Beginners
- Paper Publishers
- Web Publishers
- Writing Basics
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