Category 'Along the Road of Life'

13
Apr

Arise from Your Past Season and Shine

It was time to organize, pitch, and clean.  The disarray of my physical environment was interfering with my productivity. I’d start a writing project, but I couldn’t maintain my focus. So, I stuffed garbage bags with stacks of mail and magazines, deleted thousands of emails, shredded paper, and rearranged closets.  But decluttering my physical surroundings […]

19
Mar

A Woman’s Courage to March On

I never met my Great-Aunt Lucy. She wasn’t famous. But she lived a life marked by courage and adventure.  When WWII rocked the world, the Red Cross recruited nurses. Great-Aunt Lucy responded to the call as did her nursing classmates, graduates from the New York Post Graduate Hospital. They were quite a public-spirited group. Aunt […]

24
Oct

4 Steps to Upgrade from Anxiety to Excitement

My heart raced. Why was I dreading what should have been a fun celebration?  Several months ago, my book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer, was released. With a friend’s help, I organized a book launch party in my home. We prayed, planned, and prepared. Every detail had been taken into account. But when […]

23
Mar

11 Facets to Upgrade a Friendship

Friends are like precious jewels in a treasure chest.

24
Sep

7 Tips to Rebuild Your Life After a Winter Season

Sometimes my life seems to mirror the two seasons dominating Wisconsin—winter and road construction. For me, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer raised a stop sign and detoured me into a winter season. Major life events can divert us into the barrenness of winter, loss of a loved one or a job, changes in finances or […]

4
Aug

Just A Summer Read? (Part II: The Value of Non-Fiction)

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ―Dr. Seuss For many of us, reading non-fiction began in the halls of higher learning, shortly after we mastered “See Jane run.” Depending on our bent, earthworms, ants and mathematical equations may not have endeared us to […]

12
Jul

Just A Summer Read? (Part 1: The Value of Fiction)

From early childhood, I have gleaned a wealth of knowledge from reading fiction. I am grateful for the life lessons of Mother Goose. Don’t sit on a wall, or I might fall. If I trudge up a hill to fetch water I might tumble down, especially if I’m with a boy. No matter how tempting, […]

18
Apr

Walking a Loved One Eternally Home

“I have stage 4 cancer,” my sister Tracy said. I groaned as I tightened my grip on the phone. How could this happen to my sister? She goes to the gym everyday. As a cancer survivor and a nurse with an oncology background, I was familiar with stage 4 cancer. But a few days later, […]

22
Mar

11 Benefits of Creativity Through Crafting

Blobs of paint, faceted stones and skeins of thread crafted into masterpieces by my own hands boggle my mind. (See photo). Crafting has enriched my life since childhood. My Craft Journey I embarked on my journey of crafting at the age of five. I begged my mother to teach me how to embroider. She threaded […]

12
Jan

7 Steps to Celebrate Life in the New Year for Those Grieving

The ball drops in Times Square, announcing the arrival of a new year. For many, promises of new beginnings and dreams dance in their heads. But with the coming of the new, we must say goodbye to the old. For some, the goodbye is bittersweet. The year has been marked by sadness, sorrow and heartache. […]