For the past week or so, I've been playing around with words, exploring meanings and synonyms, consulting dictionaries, thesauruses, poetry and other books for the single word that will serve as my guiding intention for 2020. It’s a practice introduced to me by a friend nearly ten years ago, and one I have embraced wholeheartedly. … Continue reading Dec. 29th: One Guiding Word for the Year Ahead
I live in a place where the winter season can stretch well beyond the calendar date for spring's arrival. Wind, snow, and freezing cold have already forced us into parkas and snow boots, thick scarves wrapped around our necks and knitted toques pulled down over our ears. It is not a time one relishes stepping … Continue reading December 19, 2019: Waking in Dark Mornings
Dear Readers of "Writing the Heart" November 28, 2019 “In Transition (again)” November 28, 2019 by Sharon A. Bray, EdD | Edit Dear Readers, Louise DeSalvo, writing in her book, On Moving (2009), puts it this way: “The effects of moving are experienced in the body…” I will attest to that. My husband and I are packing up our belongings for a … Continue reading November 28, 2019: A Brief Hiatus
The heart remembers everything it loved and gave away, everything it lost and found again, and everyone it loved, the heart cannot forget. --(Joyce Sutphen, from:"What the Heart Cannot Forget") As someone living with heart failure, I am more aware of the physical life of my heart than ever before. Every morning I check my blood … Continue reading October 28, 2019: Writing The Heart
…two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. (From “The Road Less Traveled,” by Robert Frost) It’s a familiar poem, one you were likely introduced to it in a high school English class. Frost’s portrayal of a traveler choosing a … Continue reading Heart Failure as Teacher
"Are you still writing?" Dr. R. asked as my appointment was ending. I had admitted, several weeks earlier, that I was struggling with writing this blog. "Oh yes," I said, "both blogs, but it's much easier for me to write the Writing Through Cancer posts than it is for my heart failure site." She laughed … Continue reading August 25, 2019: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the Heart?
(Preface: I began this blog nearly one year ago, and, as the anniversary date approaches, I am looking over my posts and revisiting the motivation that initially prompted me to begin exploring the lived experience of heart failure. I have always written, whether for myself or for publication. It's the way I make sense of … Continue reading July 18, 2019: How Writing Helps Us Heal