Every week in April 2020, tune in to celebrate National Poetry & Parkinson's Awareness Month with a poem from the NW Parkinson's community. Featuring local Northwest poets, artists & therapists.
Side-effects from poetry may include: improvements in speech, cognition, mood, connection & more. Submit your poems and read them at parkinsons.poetry.blog
We are all in this together. Originally, the NW Parkinson's staff and volunteers set out to read community members' poems every day in April. We've had to revise that to every week: as everyone does their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our team has all hands on deck in providing crucial services to people impacted by Parkinson's. If you or someone you know in the NW can use FREE supportive services to navigate Parkinson's-related challenges, please feel free to contact NW Parkinson's Master's-level social workers toll-free at 1.877.980.7500 or Sarah@NWPF.org. As a small and mighty independent nonprofit, we can use your help, too: you can support our work by donating at NWPF.org/give - Let's keep writing!
Nearly 20 years ago this winter, Judy Wood moved down her frozen street with full attention. She noticed, and noted. It's now spring of 2020 and her son, Steve, leads us into that moment, entitled "December 2000". An artist, mother, wife, retired nurse, and woman living with Parkinson's: tune in to this episode to learn about Judy and her son, including his reading of "December 2000". You can find Judy's poem and some of her artwork at https://parkinsons.poetry.blog/december-2000-artwork-by-judy-wood/
Pam Walker and Pam "Pinky" Reeve share a first name, a room-altering sense of style, and over fifty years of friendship. They remained close while Pinky lived around the country, and they became even stronger together when Pam was diagnosed with Parkinson's. These two women have been dedicated to their NW Parkinson's community over the last four years. In this episode, the Pams discuss the convivial weave of their lives; they also give a lovely reading of "Afternoon on a Hill" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Listen in to hear from NW Parkinson's own Community Stewardship Officer & Board Member, Pam Reeve & Pam Walker.
For many of us, St. Patrick's Day 2020 celebrations were curtailed by our regional, national, and nearly global effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We found a way to keep the holiday afloat: NW Parkinson's community members Terry Harrigan and Bette Jane Camp chatted over the phone about limericks, Ireland, and, oddly enough, Canada. Terry even constructs a new hybrid poetic form based on our findings. Listen in for a timely limerick by Peter Beidler, as well as some non-history with Terry and Bette Jane. *We experienced some technical difficulties so please forgive the sound quality
What is poetry? How does life with Parkinson's actually make room for creativity? Renée Le Verrier takes on these questions and offers her own experience with P&P. We'll also feature some of Renee's own haiku that she keeps in a little purple bag, for whenever the moment calls for a poem.
Renée Le Verrier is an artist, poet, certified yoga instructor & online educator for NW Parkinson's. Check out her website here and find her yoga and new art classes at NWPF.org!
Fact-check: when did baseball, the American pastime, first become a sport? Send in your answer and source(s) to BetteJane@NWPF.org and we'll share them on this podcast!
Poem Talk features conversations about different poems read and recorded on Parkinson's & Poetry. In this episode, the readers of "Casey at the Bat" discuss (and digress) the history of baseball and their family's associations with music-as-poetry. A Bill Murray reference wraps up the chat.
BetteJane and her sister, Maggie, joined their dad for a group reading of his favorite poem, Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Check out the bonus episode to hear them discuss the poem, song lyrics as poetry, and more!