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 …

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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 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 …

Quotes of Wisdom 38 Healing through Gardening – Midsummer Update

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."  ~Luther Burbank  Gardens have been medicine for my soul for years.  This year the abundance of beauty and cycling blooms in the flower gardens have kept me captivated. In fact, they've held me hostage long into the …

Quotes of Wisdom 36 Healing Through Gardening

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." ~Alfred Austin, English Poet, novelist, dramatist I have dug into the earth with bare hands, day after day convinced my hands would be stained for a …

Quotes of Wisdom 34 Motherhood – Grief and Joy

"With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood." ~Isadora Duncan American dancer, choreographer "Born on May 26, 1877 (some sources say May 27, 1878), in San Francisco, California, Isadora Duncan developed an approach to dance that emphasized naturalistic movement. She was a hit in Europe as a performer to classical music and opened schools that …

Another 5 Things to Expect When Your Mother Dies (11-15) #breastcancer #grief #mom

11. Seven weeks later you'll wander into your mother's guest room looking for something. Sitting in the alcove under the east window are nine plants. Wilted, dropping leaves, forgotten. Drooping with devastating disappointment. The flower gardens, the winter-tough deck plants, they've received your loving care since before your mom died.  But these plants? Your mother placed them …

A Month of Sundays: A Journaling Experience – A free offer for email followers

I am offering this newly created e-pdf journal A Month of Sundays for FREE to Email followers.  Some folks have already received it! I want to thank you all for your lovely comments, likes, shares, and follows!  I am continually encouraged by your presence on this amazing healing & growth journey my muse has insisted …

#BookReview Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal

Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal ~Diana Raab  Part memoir, part diary of the author's grandmother Regina, Regina's Closet kept my attention page after page. It was a fast read I could hardly put down. The author has woven her emotional struggle to process her grief with excerpts of her grandmother's diary given to …