Category Archives: reflections on life

For the Week of August 20, 2017: Learning from Life’s Hard Knocks

There are many good reasons for writing that have nothing to do with being published.  Writing is a powerful search mechanism, and one of its satisfactions is that it allows you to come to terms with your life narrative.  It … Continue reading

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For July 16, 2017: If Our Things Could Talk…

Dear Readers, The moving truck filled with our belongings arrived late this week, and Thursday was devoted to directing the movers where to place each box or piece of furniture before the task of unwrapping each box, paintings and sculptures … Continue reading

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For the Week of July 9, 2017: The Need for Solitude

The effects of moving are experienced in the body, in the imagination, in the realm of desire. What the eye sees, what the body feels, what the heart yearns for, what remains and what has been lost — these are … Continue reading

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For the Week of July 2, 2017: The Sense of Home

Understand, I was only a girl living the days as they came. I did not know I would leave… (From “Translation of my Life,” by Elizabeth Spires, In:  The Wave Maker, 2008) We arrived back in Toronto just three days … Continue reading

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For the Week of June 25, 2017: “You Gotta’ Have Friends”

A friend is someone who likes you. It can be a boy… It can be a girl… These are the opening pages to Joan Walsh Anglund’s beloved little book, A Friend is Someone Who Likes You, first published in 1958, one that … Continue reading

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For the Week of May 28, 2017: The Loneliness of Being a Cancer Patient

Today I write about a subject that I don’t often speak of, nor even give into its darkness very often.  Today I am lonely.  I wonder how many of you who also have Stage IV cancer are lonely.  I can’t … Continue reading

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For the Week of May 21, 2017: Remembering Anniversaries

My husband and I will be celebrating another year of marriage this Sunday, a day after our anniversary date, since I’ll be returning home from Toronto. I managed, however, to surprise him by sending a bouquet of flowers through FTD … Continue reading

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