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

Dec. 29th: One Guiding Word for the Year Ahead

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

August 25, 2019: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the Heart?

"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?