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Start With a Word

a word that says it all, a word that needs to be set down on paper and made plain Before I explain the concept of word journaling, I would like to offer a little personal background on the significance of the single word to the journaling experience. Indulge me, please, or go ahead and scroll... Continue Reading →

Exploring and Celebrating Survival

June was National Cancer Survivors Month, so this was the focus of my June writing workshop for cancer patients and caregivers. What better way for my thriving writers to celebrate than to spend time reflecting on and writing about what being a survivor means to them, right? Okay, okay--I admit there are probably more exciting... Continue Reading →

To Have a Friend, To Be a Friend

If you've never heard Carole King's song "You've Got a Friend," then you need to click on the title and listen to it right now. The song offers a perfect lyrical definition of friendship, and the raw, pure, and comforting sound of King's voice makes her sound like an old friend singing to you. If... Continue Reading →

Can’t Control It? Master It!

A lack of control can be frustrating and frightening, but it might also be freeing. When we don't have control over some aspect of our lives, we might be frustrated by our inability to call the shots. If the situation is severe enough, we might feel like we're skidding into an infinite tailspin. However, we... Continue Reading →

Before, After, and Still

Though we might feel alone at particular times in our lives, particularly as a result of difficult or traumatic experiences, we do not live our lives in isolation. There is always someone upon whom our darkness descends and our light shines. There is always someone to turn to and to turn away from when we... Continue Reading →

Sometimes. . .

Soooo. . . how are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Are you on track to fulfill them, or has the train derailed? Sometimes we promise too much to and of ourselves, so we don’t achieve all we resolved to. Our resolve then weakens, and we become discouraged and stop striving toward our goals. This... Continue Reading →

Empower Yourself with Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a gift that can be extremely difficult to give and quite humbling to receive. We might feel that the person who needs forgiveness doesn't deserve it; we might feel that we don't deserve the forgiveness that someone offers. The nature of forgiveness to be a gift to the receiver is obvious, but its... Continue Reading →

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