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TRUST THE PROCESS FROM THE START

    Starting a project, a diet, a savings plan? Trust the process.   The first day is all magical. One screenwriter said a days work at the beginning of a new script means putting a title on a piece of paper and putting it in a drawer for tomorrow.   Cutting carrots follows a […]

CANCER STORIES: FEEDING PUBLIC FEAR AND PRIVATE WOE

Things you’ll never know until you get cancer, any cancer:   You’ll either be an object of sympathy, or an antenna of sympathy. Or both.   “Keep up the fight,” or, “You’re a fighter,” or “You look like you’ve got this thing whipped.”   That’s what I heard after running Hood To Coast at 49 […]

CANCER ROOM: BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES

The biggest motivation for writing a cancer room memoir like ‘LICKING CANCER, The Full Response’ is paying tribute to the people I met in there.   From staff to patients, it’s a team focused on the same goal, until it goes off the tracks, and it does in one way or the other for everyone. […]

WRITE YOUR STORY SOONER THAN LATER

      You can handle your frightening truth, so write your story.   Writers inspired by Inspirational Writers lean toward inspirational writing? It seems natural. Buying Gabriele Lusser Rico’s Writing the Natural Way felt just as natural. Who doesn’t need ‘A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Writing Confidence.’ I know I do. I feel more creative […]

STORY ARC, LIFE ARC. SAME THING?

      You can hold a story in your hand, but it’s better on the page.   It’s funny how a picture explains everything if you let it. A life arc begins and ends, birth and death and all the stuff in between. But unless you commit to the thousand words a picture might […]

BUSY HANDS TELL THIS STORY

Hers were busy hands. She was a woman who did more than she took credit for, gave all she had, then made more. Joan needed busy hands. A baker’s daughter, she learned lessons early; how to mix and cook and clean up afterwards was in her DNA. Memories shot through a hospital room in a […]

ONE LOVE STORY

It Started Like Love Story, Then Everyone Said They Were Sorry. A nice man and nice lady met and became a nice couple. When they got married they were nice newly weds. They were nice parents when they had kids. A great family in the making, then things changed. One of the parents needed more, […]

A NEIGHBORHOOD MURDER

How Close Is Too Close? Social media beat regular news to the punch. Again. No, it wasn’t Arab Spring and twitter. Not a former USSR satellite and a new Russian claim. How about a nice Portland, Oregon suburb and facebook? A facebook friend posted the story the moment they saw it…from Texas. The official story […]