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This is an email from The Assemblage Newsletter, a newsletter by Assemblage.

The Assemblage Newsletter #52

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter from Assemblage. These newsletters go out every Friday to highlight some of the top works from the past week. We hope these links (all friend links, so anyone can view them) bring you a moment of discovery or a subtle reminder that we all have creativity bubbling inside of us. You can also view all of our previous letters via the Letters tab on our homepage.

“Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery — there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair.” — Rick Warren

Assemblage is all about the mountaintops and the valleys. Because that’s life. Ups and downs and all the ebbs and flows. It’s all ok. You are ok. We will be ok.

Featured Writer

Each week we feature one of our fantastic writers and up to six of their essays or poems on the homepage underneath the Featured Essays and Featured Poems section. This week we posted our 23rd Featured Writer: Arlene Ambrose. Arlene believes we are thought leaders, idea catalysts, and mind shakers. She writes for women who are healers, intuitives, light-bearers, and empaths. She has published 13 works in Assemblage in 2020.

Featured Writer: Arlene Ambrose


Collections are groupings of stories or poems with an overall theme. You can find Collections on the home page underneath the Featured Stories, Featured Poetry, and Featured Writer sections. We have released On Writing, On Love, On Poems, On Self, On Equality, Unsung, 100 Fans, On Grief, How To Do Sh*t, 70 Fans, Forgotten, Fresh, On Mental Health, On Life, On Psychology, On Introverts, On Friendship, On Social Media, 90%, On Nature, Life Lessons, On Future, Lost, On Numbers, and this week we released On Family.

On Family features 17 works from 17 different contributors all about the intricacies of family. This one is epic. This section is a great way to get acquainted with multiple works around one theme, as well as to find writers you haven’t read before or ones you shouldn’t miss. Take a look at our Collection this week and see what you’ve missed.

On Family features words from Agnes Louis, Brian Fehler, Maggie Lupin, Kay Bolden, Chloe Cuthbert, Carrie Wynn, Vanessa Torre, Jonathan Greene, Bonnie Barton, Cecil Adkins, Em Unravelling, Cassius Corbin, Terry Barr, Kitty Hannah Eden, Estrella Ramirez, Michelle Elizabeth, and Iva Ursano.

Collection: On Family

Essays and Poems From the Past Week

These Hands by Wild Flower

“These hands,
holding more
than a glass of
divine wisdom
of zest between
thumbs of

Velvet by Jessica Lee McMillan

“these mist-lit days
of quiet impulse
starve me of everything else
but the need to take the clouds
cool through my teeth,
my skin, a velvet
in the fledgling morning”

What If I Told You by Jonathan Greene

“What if I told you about all of it
the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful
and what if it all wasn’t enough?”

You’ve Had An Emotional Year, You’re Allowed To Give Yourself A Break by Arlene Ambrose

“Life doesn’t stop. I imagined that life would pause and say, here humans, take time to reflect, but it keeps going. It makes you realize how insignificant a body is. A body is just a conduit for your soul. The essence of your being is in everything you are, everything you’re passionate about. We spend so much time surviving that we never really live.”

Are You Feeling Alive? by Simran Kankas

“Live your life
Until your last breath
Don’t die before your death
Wake the sleeping soul”

How Retroactive Jealousy Can Ruin Your Life by Daria Krauzo

“It is really about driving yourself crazy because of your partner’s past. Whether retroactive jealousy is an obsessive-compulsive disorder or not, one thing is clear: you must treat it seriously and try to fight back if you want to keep your relationship and sanity in place. Even if getting ‘hysterical’ about ‘unreal’ problems is really nothing like you.”

Beast of Trauma by Samantha Lazar

“but this year,
this beast of trauma,
cannot hold my

Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

Weekly Note

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go — purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” — Tina Turner

Don’t you want to feel free? Don’t you want to allow your true creativity to come out? Your true self? At Assemblage, we want this for everyone. We forget that putting pen to paper doesn’t have to mean showing it to anyone. Sometimes the subtle art of writing is just for us. To soothe ourselves. To release.



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Jonathan Greene

Jonathan Greene

Father, poet, writer, real estate investor/team leader, certified life coach, sociable introvert. Curating a meaningful life. IG: trustgreene |