One of the great challenges of the pandemic is connecting with loved ones, especially our elders. Sandra Heska King reflects on caring for her father from 1500 miles away.
Together: The Grenfell Fire, a Cookbook, and a Community
A kitchen fire in Grenfell Tower tore peoples’ lives apart. Now it’s the fire of friendships forged in a kitchen that’s bringing them back together.
Literary Friends: Keeping Anna Akhmatova Alive
Anna Akhmatova’s friends memorized her poems to keep her work alive when it was too dangerous to put pen to paper. Sandra Heska King spotlights this life and death role of literary friends.
A Poem in Every Heart: John Borling, John McCain and the Hanoi Hilton
The late John McCain and his fellow prisoners of war tapped poetry and story between the walls of their cells, making a poem in every heart (and a story in every soul) a key to helping each other live.
Commit Poetry: Romeo & Juliet’s Two Households
Sandra Heska King winds up her memorization of selections from Romeo & Juliet among crayfish and shoulder-high ferns, considering the divisions of two houses.
The Color of Your Creativity
Sandra Heska King finds her creativity in the color chartreuse. What color is your creativity?
Commit Poetry: Romeo and Juliet
Sandra Heska King takes a dare to commit more poetry for National Poetry Month. This time, it’s Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Commit Poetry: “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sandra Heska King continues her poetry memorization journey by committing Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias.”
Regional Tour: Of Alligators and Everglades
Sandra Heska King has all the adventure—and alligators—she could ever want right in her own backyard, in the Everglades.
Commit Poetry: Edgar A. Guest (Michigan’s First & Last Poet Laureate)
Sandra Heska King finds some old, inscribed Edgar A. Guest collections, muses about their curious inscriptions, and commits a little poetry to heart.
Regional Tour: The Metz Fire of 1908 (Metz, Michigan)
The historic Metz Fire at the turn of the 20th century connects Sandra Heska King to the story of a place.
Committing Prufrock: The Path to Frost
Memorizing The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock took Sandra Heska King on the road not taken (or, at least less frequently taken) and to memorization of Robert Frost as well.
Committing Prufrock: Taking a Stand Against Forgetfulness
Sandra Heska King concludes her Committing Prufrock poetry dare with the completion of memorization of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
Chinese Lanterns: Art by Day, Magic by Night
Stumbling onto a colorful Chinese lantern festival while out on a bike ride may hold a key to answer Mary Oliver’s question about your one wild and precious life.
Committing Prufrock: 10 Reasons to Say Yes to Memorizing Poetry
Why would someone take a dare to commit The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock to memory? Sandra Heska King has 10 great reasons to say yes to a poetry dare.
Committing Prufrock: Poetry Memorization Tips & Memories
Sandra Heska King uses her Phone-a-Friend to crowd-source poetry memorization tips and memories as she continues her Committing Prufrock Poetry Dare.
Committing Prufrock: 6 Great Ways to Memorize a Poem
Sandra Heska King continues her poetry dare, memorizing T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Today, she shares her tips for memorizing a poem.
Committing Prufrock: There Will Be Time
Sandra Heska King continues her mission to Commit Prufrock, finding herself lost in the rabbit trails that can be a part of reading poems.
Poetry Dare: How to Commit Prufrock
Sandra Heska King introduces her plan to commit Prufrock (to memory) and introduces our Barista Badges so you can join the fun and celebrate your progress.
Committing Prufrock: A New Poetry Dare
Sandra Heska King gets nabbed while under cover in the poet’s protection program and agrees to commit Prufrock in the latest Poetry Dare scheme.