Grief is a sacred journey

Creativity

Who’s in Charge of This Crazy Life? Catherine Tidd’s ‘Confessions of a Mediocre Widow’

“Why? Why…Why did this happen?” Catherine Tidd yelled at a pastor she barely knew. “We did everything right. I don’t know a better person than Brad. Why did this happen? What am I going to do? How am

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Finding Balance during Grief: Healing Dreams and Creativity

I try out for a team that demands gymnastic skills. I do a handstand, shocked by my ability and strength.  I’m told to hold this position, as though I am an antenna tuned into an important station.

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Healing Through Play: Lessons from a Child

This week, author Kathleen M. Rodgers shares a healing experience she had after two hard losses. You’ll find her bio and links after the article. Thank you, Kathleen. *** Two weeks after the death of my dog

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Growing Gray: A Jungian Writer Embraces the Crone

I’m honored to have a guest post by Jean Raffa this week. I met Jeanie more than 15 years ago at a workshop in Orlando, FL. She is a Jungian teacher, author of three books, and a wise

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The Joy of a Creative Writing Class

I sit with others at a long table, six with notebooks and one with a laptop. We’ve come together to write. Some are beginners; some have a lifetime of writing behind them. All want to explore their

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Savoring the Solitude: A Writer’s Life

The day after Liz and David’s wedding, we cleaned-up, congratulated ourselves about how well everything had gone, and played a few rounds of disc golf. (I provided comic relief for the real players.)  Monday morning, Lauren Cottrell

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Gifts of the Heart: Volunteering at Hospice

The lights darken on viewing night for senior project documentaries created by Ithaca College Journalism majors. The well-done films cover topics from musicians to foreign language instruction for young children. I came to see the documentary about

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Social Media for Authors: Jill Swenson interviews Elaine Mansfield

Jill Swenson of Swenson Book Development interviewed me about my use of social media to build an author’s platform. Here are her words followed by the interview. “Elaine Mansfield is a writer, blogger, and bereavement group facilitator

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Writing through the Rough Spots: Healing through Story

“Write a list of questions,” Ellen instructed. “Anything that comes to mind. Just let your pen flow across the page.” I sat around Ellen’s cozy table with a small group of students and began. “Will I ever

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Tish Pearlman: An interview and poetry about Life and Death

On Sunday afternoon, I went to the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts to hear Tish Pearlman, the Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, read her work. Tish interviewed me for her award winning radio show Out of Bounds

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