Monthly Archives: January 2014

Buh-bye Big C.

What if the symptoms of my illness are trying to heal me?                     -Marion Woodman & Jill Mellick, Coming Home to Myself Yep, it’s gone. All gone. 100%. Confirmed by my rock-star … Continue reading

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And so it stayed.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin I’ve made it a habit to choose a word each new year to guide me … Continue reading

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Happy good fortune day.

Good fortune and bad luck are always tied together with invisible, unbreakable thread. -Alice Hoffman, Survival Lessons Do we have cancer-surgery anniversaries? Is that unseemly? Perhaps so, but I’m in the other camp. I think it’s okay, well, at least … Continue reading

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Do it. Now.

The shoemaker’s children go barefoot.                                                           -Old English Proverb Those of us with … Continue reading

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Double happiness.

Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you feel.  -Osho There’s a Chinese character for double happiness. I’ve long thought of it as the talisman for my … Continue reading

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Poeming it out.

Trying, tiring. Ministrations. Frustrations. Learning, opening, calm. Repeat. Again and again. And once more. Patience. Lessons. Who the heck writes a poem about her surgical drains? Me, that’s who.

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Going up the Down Escalator

Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free. – Rumi I saw this Rumi quote recently. I love it. Except … Continue reading

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The no-cry zone.

“Rough patch.  Holding it together by a string and cried at work this morning.  So maybe that’s my authentic self coming through.”           -Me, in an email, November 7, 2013. Those who know me really well … Continue reading

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The gift of sister-friends.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.           … Continue reading

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The gift of stranger-friends.

Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. -Blanche DuBois, “A Streetcar Named Desire” We all have them, don’t we? The people whom we know, though not terribly well; often we call them acquaintances. Sometimes they’re … Continue reading

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