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 →

Power: Lost and Found

When we suffer from an illness, a traumatic event, or times of difficulty brought on by another's suffering or a personal  loss, we can feel quite powerless. It's important to regain our sense of power so that we can move ahead with our lives and heal. If we lose our sense of power, we lose... Continue Reading →

The Weight of Words

In "The Meanings of a Word," Gloria Naylor writes that "words are innocuous" and that it's how we understand and use them that give them "true power." In other words, the meanings we assign to words give them their weight. Simply looking at a word, we see a senseless combination of letters--some short and some... Continue Reading →

Distinctly You

"That I am I, I surely know full well," proclaims Gerard D'Arcy Irvine in the opening of his poem "Identity: A Sonnet." Such a proclamation seems obvious to make, so it might lead one to think there's a reason he's  compelled to voice this obvious fact. Indeed, the circumstance might be one requiring the poet... Continue Reading →

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