May 11, 2020: Letting It Out: Releasing Negative Emotions

rant:  to complain or talk loudly and angrily for a long time, sometimes saying unreasonable things  (MacMillan Dictionary) I don't know about you, but I do know that the endless days of indoor living and social isolation are getting to me.   I am more easily frustrated, irritable and restless.  It's taken some discipline to rein those negative feelings in, and I admit to days where … Continue reading May 11, 2020: Letting It Out: Releasing Negative Emotions

April 13, 2020: Spiritual Nourishment in Difficult Times

I cannot tell youhow the light comes,but that it does.That it will… (“How the Light Comes,” by Jan Richardson, in Ten Poems for Difficult Times, 2018) A note from Sharon:  To those of you reading this post:  It is difficult to find the words that capture this extraordinary time we are now living—no one has … Continue reading April 13, 2020: Spiritual Nourishment in Difficult Times

The Necessity of Small Rituals

Habit The shoes put on each timeleft first, then right.The morning potion’s teaspoonof sweetness stirred alwaysfor seven circlings, no fewer, no more,into the cracked blue cup.Touching the pocket for wallet,for keys,before closing the door.How did we cometo believe these small rituals’ promise,that we are today the selves we yesterday knew,tomorrow will be?(Excerpt from “Habit” by … Continue reading The Necessity of Small Rituals

February 25, 2020: Writing & Sharing the Stories of Illness

When the heart speaks, take good notes—Joseph Campbell “A patient is, at first, simply a storyteller,” Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote in The Emperor of Maladies:  A Biography of Cancer, “a narrator of suffering—a traveler who has visited the kingdom of the ill.  To relieve an illness, one must begin, then, by unburdening its story” (p.46). Last … Continue reading February 25, 2020: Writing & Sharing the Stories of Illness