Author Archives: Sharon A. Bray, EdD

About Sharon A. Bray, EdD

Best known for her innovative work with cancer patients and survivors, Sharon is a writer, educator and author of two books on the benefits of expressive writing during cancer as well as personal essays, a children's book, magazine articles and the occasional poetry. She designed and initiated expressive writing programs at several major cancer centers, including Breast Cancer Connections, Stanford Cancer Center, Scripps Green Cancer Center and Moores UCSD Cancer Center. She continues to lead expressive writing groups for men and women living in the San Diego area and teach creative writing workshops and classes privately for UCLA extension Writers' Program. She previously taught professional development courses in therapeutic writing at Santa Clara University and the Pacific School of Religion, was a faculty member of the CURE Magazine Forums and at the Omega Institute in 2014. Sharon earned her doctorate from the University of Toronto and studied creative and transformative writing at Humber School for Writers, University of Washington, and Goddard College.

For the Week of October 16, 2017: When Life Hurts, What Sustains You?

It’s difficult to imagine the many lives that have been lost or devastated in the past few weeks by fire, hurricanes, shootings or bombings.  Each day seems to only bring more reports of tragedy–loss and destruction.  Last week I wrote … Continue reading

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For the Week of October 10, 2017: When Life Changes. Fast.

Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. ― Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking, 2007 I’ve been asking myself how do we come to terms with the … Continue reading

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October 9, 2017: Canadian Thanksgiving Day

Dear Readers:  Today we’re celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers.  Regular posts will resume Tuesday, October 10th. Sharon Bray

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For the Week of October 2, 2017: Living Your Questions

I don’t write about what I know: I write in order to find out what I know.― Patricia Hampl For several years, I’ve taught  transformational writing (writing to heal) for the UCLA extension Writers’ Program. At the beginning of each new … Continue reading

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For the Week of September 25, 2017: The Power of Gratitude

If the only prayer we say in our lifetime is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”                     German philosopher, Meister Eckhart In a time when we are constantly confronted with world crises–the devastation … Continue reading

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For the Week of September 17, 2017: “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”

Don’t wish it away Don’t look at it like it’s forever Between you and me I could honestly say That things can only get better (From: “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues,” by Bernie Taupin; sung by … Continue reading

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For September 10th, 2017: Lost & Found

Dear Readers, Apologies to you all as this week is a repost from 2016.  However, given the circumstances that prompted me to return to earlier content, I’m hoping you’ll understand.  I will say, however, that in the midst of the … Continue reading

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