Category Archives: Writing

Why Keep Writing a Journal?

I’ve been working with Christia to downsize and prepare to move to Kendal.  Christia discovered that she could tear the pages out of the spiral journal notebooks so they could be recycled.  So she’s been doing that, and it gives … Continue reading

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Words for Survival

It was 1996, the Summer from Hell.  In February I had tried Paxil for 5 days while my terror shot through the roof & got worse & worse until the 5th night when I didn’t sleep at all.  So I … Continue reading

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Writings about Mother

I’ve been writing a lot, both on my own and with writing groups I’ve started.  I want to use some of them as blog posts. The first memory I have of my mother involves some tiny clear plastic animals.  I … Continue reading

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“Real Substantive Engagement”

Erica said something that turned out to be really important in our phone conversation on Friday.   There are things she says, and her wording is different and elegant, and I need to get her exact words, because if I … Continue reading

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Here is the Plan…

This is a piece of writing I did in Writers for Recovery.  “Show up,” and “Pay attention” are from Angeles Arrien’s Rules for Life. Here is the plan: First, do not turn on the Computer Do not read emails Do … Continue reading

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Writers for Recovery

I went to the second night of a ten-week workshop, called Writers for Recovery.  It had been put together by Bess O’Brien, who produced Journey Into Courage, and grew out of the documentary on addiction, The Hungry Heart, that she was … Continue reading

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Blood and Stone

This is a poem I wrote at the time of Journey Into Courage Blood & Stone “Blood welled up among the roots, on its way to the world of men, and in the dark it looked as hard as stone.  … Continue reading

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“Written in Blood”

About the time I started doing Journey Into Courage in 1990, I began to make a book out of excerpts from my journal.  I was inspired by reading in The Courage to Heal that people often cut themselves as a … Continue reading

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Ongoing Struggle

Went down to see Barbara.  She was depressed too.  We took the dogs for a walk.  We watched Bernie’s speech to Liberty University.  It was heartening. When I came home I got sucked into the parenting book.  Couldn’t stop reading, … Continue reading

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Working with the Conflict

From my journal, continued: Thursday, March 12 There’s a temptation to believe that I don’t enjoy my life, either because I’m not really making a contribution or because I’m refusing to enjoy my life as it is.  That makes me … Continue reading

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