Quotes of Wisdom 31 – Flexibility in Facing the Storm #amwriting

"The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over." ~Aesop  Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/aesop Blizzard or spring zephyr, The pain, whatever, Relax, relent, bend.  What more, in the end? *Quotes of Wisdom – a Friday at 9am (Pacific Time Zone) series offering Wisdom, Feel …

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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 …

Quotes of Wisdom 29 Grief & Joy – Crying & Pseudobulbar Affect

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."  ~Washington Irving As human beings, it is in our nature to cry.  "Emotional tears" (Hoyt; Science How Stuff Works; How Crying Works) are a built-in pressure release system for strong feelings such as sadness, anger, anxiety and even deep regret. Of course, crying can be an expression of deep feelings of joy or love as well. Being overcome by just about any emotion can cause the tears to flow.  If we allow it.

Quotes of Wisdom 28 Death as a Teacher *Vicarious Trauma & Memoir*

"It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you." Michael A. Singer The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. I am writing about life, death, and the profound changes in my life as each death has occurred. I am writing about how my career as a social worker and my personal life are intimately woven. They've dramatically affected each other. 

Quotes of Wisdom 26 – upcoming Writer’s Workshop Weekend – Memoir & Poetry & Meditation & Yoga – phew!!

"Sharing the stories of your difficult times can also guide others in navigating their own journeys." Writing for Bliss ~Diana Raab, Ph.D. And so, off I go to immerse myself in writing for a weekend! For bliss, as Diana says, for my family whose stories are epic, and for my spirit who soars when I write. Introduction to my career memoir.

Quotes of Wisdom 22 Finding Your Unique Creative Voice – Writers Conference Notes & A Writing Prompt Story – Velma’s Man!

The process of finding and defining our own unique voice seems elusive, and perhaps, difficult to describe in concrete terms such as, "do A then B then C then ta-da you've found your voice." A 279 word story "Velma's Man" from the writing prompt "You'll Never Believe What Happened at the Company Picnic Yesterday." Notes from Sierra Writers Vision & Voices 2018 Conference.