When Words Bring Healing and Life

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned my birth mother. She left our family when I was a small child. Though she came back into my life years later, it was decades before I could write about how her decision impacted my feelings toward her. Writing about this painful truth opened my heart and, in the writing, …

Melody of Life Stories: The Why and How of Sharing Them

There are so many ways to tell our life stories. From straight-forward narratives to poetry to metaphorical fiction, and from print to audio recordings to video to artistic renderings. The options for capturing our life stories are endless. Each one of our grown sons is a storyteller of sorts. One writes short stories, another is …

On Reading: Books That Bring Healing and Life

I love a good story. Don’t you? There weren’t a lot of story books in our home when I was growing up, but our neighborhood babysitter had plenty. She introduced me to the wonder of fairy tales, reading to me and my sisters at bedtime from one of the big, colorful books she’d brought along. I not only …