Happy Hour

Our might Heard team had a virtual happy hour last week, and our poet Wendi led us through a group poem. What fun it was, and what a great way to connect. And of course, we all think it’s brilliant!


By Jane, Solveig, Alexa, Danielle, Nina, Sharmila and Wendi

Looks like a brown polar bear.

I want to binge watch

Sex and the City.

My golden retriever says

“enjoy your coffee.”

The dead-glass clock,

a sweet souvenir.

Through books I transport

to unknown places.

This laptop is full

of my great ideas.

The lamp lights the way.

Nonprofit ‘Heard’ to Teach Art and Creative Writing Classes on Zoom with Alexandria Jail Inmates

“Creative writing nonprofit Heard is still finding ways to make noise.” Love that opening sentence! Our thanks to ALXnow editor James Cullum for featuring us on June 24, 2020. And yes, we’re excited to start virtual classes again at the Alexandria Detention Center! Here’s our executive director, Jane Collins (second from right) with Sheriff Dana Lawhorne (far right) and a few of the winner from the 2019 Heard/Alexandria Detention Center writing contest.

“10 Questions” with Marion Brunken, Executive Director, Volunteer Alexandria

Yes it’s true! The Zebra was so pleased with our Quarantales stories and our executive director’s guest appearance on their Facebook Z-TV LIVE! show last week that they’ve asked Jane to host a weekly show for them! And of course she said yes because she’s not going to pass up a chance to be on TV. So, welcome to “10 Questions” where Jane asks an Alexandria leader to answer 10 (or more) professional and personal questions. And why? Well, for two reasons. First, viewers get to know our community leaders beyond their job title. Second, we want to show viewers different ways they can get involved in making our wonderful Alexandria even better and stronger!

And don’t miss our follow-up “Five More Questions with Marion Brunken” too!

Our inaugural show aired on June 24, 2020. How did we do? And if you want to nominate an Alexandria community leader to be on our show, contact us!

Rainbow Bird

Love this story about “Rainbow Bird” created by one of our Friends of Guest House clients!

All of the birds were mean to Rainbow Bird, but Rainbow Bird was kind and helped them when they needed food. We can all learn from this very short story.