Personal Musings / Posts Filter
  1. I Need To Tell You

    Christine, who was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in 2012, responds to unsolicited advice: “I’m telling you my hands hurt. I’m telling you I can’t perform a simple task, a task that a child does all day long. I’m telling you I can’t express myself. My creative outlet is gone. . . . Hear that.”

    Health
  2. Heart in a Brown Paper Bag

    “I’ve discovered that a city, while you’re vacationing there, behaves similar to a person on a really good first date.” Los Angeles writer Ze Luiz at StripSearchLA describes his first visit to Seattle, Washington.

    Exploration
  3. Atlee

    “It was only in getting back into baseball cards that I realized that there were a couple of years in the late 1980s when my classmates had accurately identified a mixed-race adult for me to look like.” Nick Vossbrink at njwv writes about dealing with the “what are you?” question while growing up.

    Culture
  4. There Is Never Enough Time, But There Is Now

    Lisa Sadikman on raising her daughter: “This is when I feel myself expand, just a little, into the space she’s left behind. There are hours now when I am finally able to twirl in a circle of my own without scraping motherhood’s walls.”

    Motherhood
  5. Who Are You Online? (My Travel Writing Reality)

    “I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.

    Exploration
  6. On Gifts

    Susan Briscoe on the gift she received the day of her diagnosis: “I have reclaimed that gift of acceptance. Living in a way that is true to me means accepting and fully embracing this experience so that I can do my best to transform it into something positive.”

    Death
  7. Writer’s Block, Rainy Days, and 1,000 Followers

    Blogger Sherina on finding what to say to her (growing) audience: “Something is better than nothing; as many writers have noted, you can’t edit a blank page.”

    Inspiration
  8. I Am The Tree

    Wisdom from Colleen at The Chatter Blog:
     
    “I was the seed. Planted by purpose or design or reason.
    Once planted it took some time to burst out of the shell.”

    Inspiration
  9. A Rainbow for Moonbeam

    “I got to thinking:
     
    Say something that will let her close that door and move on.
     
    I got to thinking:
     
    Say something that will let you close that door and move on.”
     
    Musings from Terah van Dusen on her mother.

    Family
  10. Write Along with Me

    In preparation for a writing conference, writer and ex-nurse Lois Roelofs reads and shares what she’s learned from Phillip Lopate’s Writing Personal Essays: On the Necessity of Turning Oneself into a Character.

    Books
  11. 1970: Kites

    David Deitrick remembers being care-free: “No sputtering four-stroke internal combustion engines — just the thrum of the kite string and slow dance that comes from manipulating the string to gain altitude or change direction.”

    Nostalgia
    Photo by Radoslav Minchev
  12. Letting Go of Home

    “For the first time, I started to see my home objectively and realized the attachment I felt wasn’t to the frames that lined the shelves or the duvet that covered my bed.” Lily at True North Nomad describes one of the challenges of becoming nomadic.

    Exploration
  13. : the great debate :

    Musings on inspiration that will resonate with any blogger: “Ideas, I’ve decided, are like birds, very, very skittery. Attempt a sudden grab and, fwip, away it goes.” The Whirly Girl had a great idea for a post… but what was it, again?

    Humor
  14. breaking the surface

    Tenille Campbell recognized burnout and then did something about it: “But slowly, slowly, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t feel the joy. I couldn’t feel the passion. I felt… grey. Nothing. Absent.”

    Commentary
    Photo by Tenille Campbell
  15. I Did My Hair in Case Matt Damon Showed Up to My Lumpectomy

    “I looked pretty, I thought, pretty enough for surgery and possibly Matt Damon.” Sara Dorner, a mother of two, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Here, she reflects on her diagnosis with a bit of humor.

    Death