I Write to Heal Mind, Body, & Spirit

I WRITE TO HEAL MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT.

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Quotes of Wisdom 43 – Spring Brings Growth

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." ~Harriet Ann Jacobs I am so feelin' it the past few days. I hope that if the season is Spring wherever you are, it is bringing the joy of new growth and beauty to your life.  Sometimes …

Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum Review

Disclosure My opinion is entirely my own. I have not received any compensation for this review. Time4Learning offers standards-based language arts and math curriculum. Science, social studies and art lessons are provided as a bonus for most grades. A few months ago our kids' school changed leadership and instituted policies which led to an environment that was no longer in line with our …

Writing Memoir is Like Hard Boiling a Cracked Egg

Writing memoir is like hard boiling a cracked egg.  Contents burble out into the scalding water forming opaque hints of the story concealed within. The raw sticky interior simmering, congealing, forming itself into perfection. The difference being, when we try to set the timer for completing the project the winds of life blow out the …

Quotes of Wisdom 42 Strange Thoughts while Grieving

"One of the things that happens to people in grief is they secretly think they're crazy, because they realize they are thinking things that don't make sense." ~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright2/6/19  Early this morning I stood at our kitchen sink, coffee cup in hand, looking out the window.  A big California Black Oak tree stands …

Another Thing to Expect When Your Mother Dies – A Year Later – Life is But a Breath

A year of my life is history; a year my mother was not here to experience the ups and downs of everyday life, the blooms in her gardens, or the thunder of last week's storms. Breast cancer claimed her for its statistical rollcall in February 2018, three months short of her 75th birthday. The day …

Quotes of Wisdom 41 Standing on the Edge Requires You to Slow Down

"Become slower in your journey through life. Practice yoga and meditation if you suffer from 'hurry sickness.' Become more introspective by visiting quiet places such as churches, museums, mountains and lakes. Give yourself permission to read at least one novel a month for pleasure."Wayne Dyer "Sankalpa is a Sanskrit term in yogic philosophy that refers to …

Quotes of Wisdom 40 Creativity & Healing Require Stillness

"Everything that's created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness."~Wayne Dyer I crave stillness: the stillness required for creativity, healing, and to be truly present in the moment. In stillness we can …

Quotes of Wisdom 39 Sustaining Creativity During Stress and Grief is Vital for Mental Health

"Creativity is healing." - Yours TrulyBrighten you day with color. Notice how your mind and body change with the process. Creativity changes brain chemistry.    I don't need to read studies (though there are a few) to know how my mood changes when I sit and knit for 30 minutes. I know how playing in …

Historical Fiction and Poetry Come Together to Entertain and Intrigue

I am tickled pink to share with you this ghost story written by author and visionary storyteller Lisa Redfern.  Turn out the lights. Take your mind back in time to the mid 1800s in Truckee, California.  Railroad construction was progressing across the Sierra Nevada mountain range - from East to West - connecting the rest …