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Mona Bethke

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May 28, 2017 – Sanctuary In A Closet

As I peruse through my memory bank while working on my show, interesting things surface. I keep coming back to my 7-year-old self. That was a tumultuous time for me. It was the year the beatings began, the year my […]

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May 27, 2017 – Be Grateful

I have so much I could say today, so many words I could write; however… I’m just going to post a photo of this project I worked on that entered my brain and screamed to get out. It’s like a […]

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May 26, 2017 – Rise After Every Fall

Today is a day of fullness emotionally. I have felt this creative surge flowing through me like never before. There is something occurring my my being and I am just opening myself up and receiving it. There are no questions, […]

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May 25, 2017 – Miraculous Mutti

Today is my mother’s 90th Birthday. A year ago today, I took a turn of the dime flight to Connecticut, as I was told my mother was reaching the end of her life. For some reason when I got there, […]

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May 24, 2017 – Introspection

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become […]

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May 23, 2017 – Putting Poverty Into Perspective

I suppose poverty means something different to everyone. For me, it brings back memories of my time in Camden, New Jersey. I had just come out of shelter for battered women, and through Welfare was granted Section 8 housing. Just […]

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May 22, 2017 – It’s A Bloodletting Of Sorts

Back in the day when someone was sick, before we had all this modern medicine, blood letting was a way of trying to release toxins from the body. It did not often work, but it gave a sense of hope. […]

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May 21, 2017 – Embracing New Poets

I’ve had some rather interesting feelings about my open mic lately. I’ve been at hosting for eight years now, and yes, I’ve been able to sustain it for that long. I have embraced the transformation my open mic and I […]

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May 20, 2017 – Reaching For Roots

I was invited to a conference of an organization called Exchange. I really knew nothing about this so I was eager to find out more about it. This is an organization that does so much for our youth, I’m still […]

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May 19, 2017 – Allowing

It’s interesting to view life from my poet self. It’s a very different way of being than my everyday, here I am self. I’ve discovered over the years that my strongest writing comes about when I am in my deepest […]

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