Our 300th Live Virtual Group Session! 6PM EDT April 17th 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our *300th* virtual group session!

For this session we read a poem “Small Kindnesses” by Danusha Laméris, posted below.

Our prompt was: Begin with the word ‘Strangers…‘”

More details will be posted on this session, so check back again!

Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a Reply”), to keep the conversation going here, bearing in mind that the blog of course is a public space where confidentiality is not assured.

Also, we would love to learn more about your experience of these sessions, so if you’re able, please take the time to fill out a follow-up survey of one to two quick questions!

Please join us for our next session Friday April 28th at 12pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions.

"Small Kindnesses" by Danusha Laméris        
I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
And sometimes, when you spill lemons
from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now. So far
from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
have my seat,” “Go ahead—you first,” “I like your hat.”

The New York Times (9/19/2019),   Bonfire Opera

15 thoughts on “Our 300th Live Virtual Group Session! 6PM EDT April 17th 2023

  1. Stranger, why do you lower your eyes and turn away?
    Have I threatened or offended you?
    If so, I am sorry.
    It’s just that I’m lonely and
    I’m new here and I know no one.
    I am a stranger too and
    you reminded me of someone I knew back home.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Elizabeth

      This is so touching. There are so many lonely people out there who arectrying to reach out and connect. Also, unfortunately there are so many people who are not open to welcome the stranger. I hear real home sickness in your piece. It reminds me that these feelings are so impactful on both mental and physical health and are extremely pervasive in society..


  2. Katie O'Grady


    Strangers. Stranger than the “Stranger Things”
    Netflix running on repeat, rolling like rampant raves
    Of binging binge-worthy worthlessness
    Do we even know our followers?
    Know our own profiles?
    In this stream of endless creator content
    Spewing how-tos and lists and reviews
    We find ourselves estranged from personal content
    That substance that makes me me
    And you you
    Those moments of daydreaming uselessness
    Head in the sky futility and passersby passing moments by
    Have become so strange, so unknown
    To knowing our own knowledge.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. al3793

    Some may believe or feel like it’s a stranger
    But Kindness isn’t strange
    Kindness may seem remote at times
    but Kindness is looking for all of us
    to be our friend that won’t let go
    not out of some sense of co-dependence
    rather kindness believes that all who
    believe must bring the light
    like taking the Blesseds to the temples of our streets.

    afl 4.17.23

    Liked by 1 person

    • michele348

      Kindness… the entity that brings warmth and generosity to the world… the guiding light to brighten the dark corners where distrust and hatred are hiding.


  4. Strangers~~~

    Strangers are friends we have yet to meet.

    Is this really a valid statement in today’s world?
    Do our eyes dart away from someone we pass on the street instead of us displaying a smile?
    Do we cross the street to simply avoid an approaching person who doesn’t quite resemble us,
    like we might “catch the bubonic plague” from them?

    A sorry state of affairs… a country of strangers, each living walled off from the other.
    Open your spirit to the world, open your heart, and extend out your hand.

    The warmth formed will melt away the hatred in the world.
    Strangers becoming friends,,, forming a “necklace of gold” around the world.
    Quite the dream to turn into a reality… it begins with each one of us.


    • michele348

      You are so right, Elizabeth. We share our dreams, our fears, and our tribulations. And in the sharing, there are bonds that form this community which spans the world.


      • Elizabeth

        It’s so amazing to me that almost none of us have met each other, Michele, and yet I feel I know people’s personalities and styles because we are a community. How lucky we are to have had this safe place to share. What a blessing.

        Liked by 1 person

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