Archive for February 2017

e.e. cummings offers a way into the heart

e.e. cummings offers a way into the heart
The inscription reads, “(your favorite poet) / to our favorite girl / from your favorite/ Parents…Mom and Dad 1977 / Happy Sixteenth Birthday.” My mom’s handwriting is lovely, even, flawless. She wrote these words, crafting them to look like an e.e. cummings poem. The book is Tulips & Chimneys, published by Liverwright in a “typescript”... Read more »

The blur of grief: in memory of Brian Bard

The blur of grief: in memory of Brian Bard
Brian Bard died from pancreatic cancer on February 7, 2017. His loss is profound for his wife and three children, ages 6 to 16. No matter what your beliefs, loss leaves a yawning gap in our present lives. I didn’t know Brian personally, but I feel like I met him through his wife, Jennifer Bannan.... Read more »

Balance 2017: living between the victim and the captain

Balance 2017: living between the victim and the captain
Have you ever felt like Job? You know, the guy in the Bible who was just and true and then the devil laid waste to all he had. Most of us have been there once or twice in our lives. One of the hardest parts of being in a support group with other folks with... Read more »
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Do you believe that once you have cancer you always have cancer? I guess I'm "one of those" who does

Do you believe that once you have cancer you always have cancer? I guess I'm "one of those" who does
I was at a social gathering a few weeks ago, a group I’m new to, and the conversation turned to concern about someone who hadn’t participated in the group for a long time. From what I could gather, this woman is suffering from depression and is rarely leaving her house. One of the women said,... Read more »

Balance 2017: 5 rules to keep me from going down the rabbit hole

Balance 2017: 5 rules to keep me from going down the rabbit hole
My “word of the year” is balance. I explain why I chose this word in this blog post. It is the very best word I could have chosen for this year because I’m falling, tipping, wavering. I’m constantly in a state of imbalance. And, it has to stop or I’m going to lose my mind.... Read more »