Bring on November!


Yesterday, my essay, “Pinktober is Almost Over,” aired on Wisconsin Public radio. It’s the second essay I’ve done there and I’m so enjoying the experience – the taping is fun, the feedback is great! I do hope you’re looking into local options for you if you have essays to share.

The piece is about 3 and a half minutes, so if you have time and are interested, click here.

I hope some of you will be able to make it to the 175th events at Mt. Holyoke, and especially the reading to support our authors. Editors and contributors to The Lyon Review will be reading at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 9. There is more info on the cover page. If anyone who is NOT reading but attending would like to do a guest post about it, please contact me ASAP. Otherwise, I’ll touch base with the readers.

Finally, if like me, you were sick and tired of the pinking of the world, rejoice. November is here.

Second finally 🙂 — if you were affected by Hurricane Sandy in ways big or small, here’s hoping things improve for you soon.

Happy #writing.

Cancer and the Writing Life


Cancer and the Writing Life

I’m a member of the pink brigade – a breast cancer survivor. Lately, cancer has been on my mind a lot. A friend is waiting for biopsy results. We’re closing in on four years since I first heard the dreaded, “you have cancer.” And, I’ve been in a reflective frame of mind and starting to ponder what this experience/journey/blip on my life’s radar has meant to me. Certainly cancer has shown up in my writing. My piece up now on this site, Marking Mildred, deals with an elderly woman who is a survivor. In another piece, published at Grey Sparrow, a college age girl is facing her mother’s imminent death, from, of course, cancer. I’m working on a personal essay about my experience.

Today, I found a marvelous blog post shared on facebook. Written by Anne Clinard Barnhill, the post is titled “What Cancer has Taught Me About Writing and Living.”  She talks about three elements that affect both writing and living with cancer: 1) surprise, 2) patience and perserverance, and 3) faith, hope and love.

I do hope as you read this, that you are not a member of the cancer brigade, but even if you’re not, you’re sure to have known someone who is/was. Anne’s post is inspiring and instructive. Her optimism and confidence will uplift you. I hope you’ll read her post and pass it on if you know someone who could use it too.