Category Archives: Writing

The Falcon’s Story

January 10 I joined a group to write about loss.  When we entered the room, there was a table covered with images which we could use for writing if we didn’t want to follow the prompt.  I saw a picture … Continue reading

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Ereshkigal

This was originally written in 1993.  I posted it to this blog on June 30, 2012.  I have recently been going back and reading old posts, and mostly liking them very much.  I do this randomly, or start from a … Continue reading

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The “Colonial Dames Incident.”

Not quite sure when this happened.  I think the late 80’s because it was after my father had died.  I was down at the family summer house on the coast of Maine.  We were on the front porch, my mother, … Continue reading

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Process of Understanding What I’m up Against

This is what I wrote in my journal this morning.  It shows how I actually use writing to understand myself better.  This process began with a realization that “I’ve had the sense that reading thrillers addictively was in an attempt … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Empathy and Compassion

Notes from my talk with Erica on March 9: Difference between compassion and empathy Empathy [feel what the person feels] —> empathy fatigue: feel tired and guilty Compassion —> holding space for their story witness—> lets them know their experience … Continue reading

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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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