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For the Week of June 18, 2017: Remembering Fathers

He wasn’t hard on us kids,
never struck us… He used to sing in the car
 bought us root beers along the road.
 He loved us with his deeds. (From: “A Father’s Pain,” in A River Remains by Larry Smith) It’s … Continue reading

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For the Week of June 11, 2017: Two Words, Many Memories

“It’s a surprise,” Flora told me as we sat in her parents’ sunroom together. “Can I tell you?” I shook my head. “Oh please don’t tell me; I really, really want to be surprised.” “Well, can I just tell you … Continue reading

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For the Week of April 30, 2017: An Antidote to Stress

Dear Readers, Our house goes on the market this Wednesday, and for the past many days, we’ve been getting it ready to be shown—small repairs, removing personal objects, trimming the growth in the garden, rolling up rugs to expose the … Continue reading

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For the Week of April 16, 2017: A Healing Ritual

It’s been over two weeks since the expressive writing program at Scripps Green Cancer Center came to a close, a program I have led for nearly eleven years.  As has been the tradition of our final session of every series, … Continue reading

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For the Week of April 9, 2017: Letting Go to Move Forward

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 March 26, 2017: Friendships Lost and Found During Cancer

We all need friends.  Without them, our lives can seem empty and lonely, and there’s plenty of research that suggests that isolation and loneliness are often harbingers of emotional or physical illness.  Friendship, according to Rebecca Adams, a professor of … Continue reading

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For the Week of March 19, 2017: Silencing Your Critical Selves

In first grade Mrs. Lohr said my purple teepee wasn’t realistic enough, that purple was no color for a tent, that purple was a color for people who died, that my drawing wasn’t  good enough to hang with the others… … Continue reading

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