July 2011

Second Breath

Yesterday, I woke up feeling the inside of my lip with my tongue. I had bitten the area while eating steak with my parents on Sunday, but yesterday, I realized that I actually have a cold sore there. I examined it in the mirror, determined there was nothing more I could do about it, and […] Read more

There and Back Again: Home Grown

They’ve been writing sestinas all month over at Tweetspeak Poetry. Maybe you remember them from literature class. Sestinas are those 39-line poems with all the structure and form of a contract, but with the rhythm and soul of a conversation. That’s why I wrote one today, to be part of the conversation. Tweekspeak Poetry and […] Read more

Drenched in a Metaphor

I found a metaphor growing in my garden over the weekend. It’s been hot and dry here. Really hot and dry. And though I’ve tried, I haven’t been able to keep up with the watering. About Thursday last week, I noticed my potted pansies were just webs of tangled tan stems, so I basically gave […] Read more

The Next Thing

Yesterday, after my PET scan, I did a little sigh of relief, telling my friend Kathy who took me, “Well, now I can do the next thing.” Because in the days following a cancer diagnosis, trying to do much more than the next thing can really undo a person. So, I went to work. Then […] Read more

A Flood of Encouragement

I may have cried a river of tears, but you have flooded me with encouragement, prayer, and compassion. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I feel loved, supported, and carried by you, and I feel protected by Jesus. “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will […] Read more

A River of Tears

As far as days go, this has not been a good one. Around 10:30 this morning, I received word that my cancer has returned. From every indication, the cancer is just in one 2-cm lymph node somewhere between my belly button and pelvic bone. If that is the case, if the cancer is limited to […] Read more

Being Heard

Sometimes, when I have an idea or a complaint, all I want is to be heard. Recently, I wrote a letter to the Mayor’s office asking that they consider adding sidewalks to the street I live on in conjunction with a city-wide push to make the community more pedestrian friendly. I poured my heart into […] Read more