Summer’s Over! Time to Face the Next “New Normal”

The time is finally here! Our daughter is off to college and we're facing yet another "new normal."  Because this week has been devoted exclusively to spending time with her, I didn't make time to write a new post. Instead, I thought I'd rerun the piece I wrote last year entitled "What the Last Weekend of [...]

Mindful Monday – Laughter

Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale. Will DurstWhen cancer anger, stress, or loneliness has you in its grip, it feels as if you are living in the moment. Right now, at this very moment, you are miserable. If you are [...]

What The Last Weekend of Summer Teaches Us About Moving Beyond Cancer

It's the Friday before the unofficial last weekend of summer, which of course means it's Labor Day Weekend. Technically, the last day of summer is September 20th, but no one cares about that. This weekend draws a line in the sand.  For the next three days, we continue to exist within the vast openness of [...]

Reliving the Fear of Cancer as Hurricane Irene Approaches

Reliving the Fear of Cancer as Hurricane Irene Approaches

Talk about an uninvited knock at the door! Last week, while I was trying to practice the “Gracious Declining” meditation practice of visualizing a rambling thought as an “uninvited salesperson, knocking on your door,” we had an earthquake, hurricane and a few small tornadoes here on the East Coast. I have to admit that the [...]

I’m Not a Young Adult, but “Wrong Way to Hope” Spoke My Language

I’m Not a Young Adult, but “Wrong Way to Hope” Spoke My Language

If I had my wish (and curing cancer wasn’t an option), I’d wish every cancer survivor was surrounded by an unbroken circle of support from the moment their cancer experience began.   If we’re lucky, we have family and friends, but we learn fast that they are only able to understand so much.  What we also [...]